Yellow Triangles–another pyramid quilt

26 08 2016

I feel as though I have made tons of these “pyramid” quilts.  They are sooooooo fun to play with. See this link for a few views of others I have made.

The challenge here was to use yellow, a color that plays very well with other colors, but one that I had never thought to use on its own.  Combining all the different yellows with prints in blacks and whites made this task very simple.  The finished look is very scrappy, one of my favorite genres.

artwork by Susan Dague

Yellow Triangles, 2016

60.5″ x 70.5″

I cut the pyramid patches using an 8″, 60 degree Triangle Non-Slip Ruler from Creative Grids.  The flat notch across the top of the template is the marker for the grain of the fabric.   This helps in keeping the side of the triangles that are cut on the bias under control.

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Yellow Triangles, Detail

The quilting pattern is also an old favorite of mine.  I have made a sturdy cardboard template for marking these curves.  I find that marking them takes time, but the actual quilting goes much faster and easier when they are marked.

The 60-degree triangles quilted into the border are meant to echo the triangles in the body of the quilt.  And my real favorite part of this whole quilt in the fussy-cut row of white dots in the inner border.

This quilt is a college graduation gift for family friend Sophia.  Hope she enjoys it.

 





Woven Hexagons

12 08 2016

Woven Hexagons is finished.  This quilt is the final product of the sewing project I had to start in Ashland OR, when I inadvertently left my sewing basket at home when I left on vacation almost two years ago.

Click here to see the full story, including details about the English paper piecing techniques used.

Woven Hexagons, 2016

                                         Woven Hexagons, 2016       

It was difficult finding a background for all these great blocks, and I was surprised that this really bold-printed pattern on black was the one that finally did the trick.

Frankly, working with this entire color palette put me way out of my comfort zone, so I am pleased that it is finished and that I like it so much.

Woven Hexagons, Detail

Woven Hexagons, Detail

The quilting is very simple;  it is hard to see as it is, so just enough quilting to hold it all together, including the fun circles in the middle of each block.

it’s a challenge to make a quilt using only fabric from one designer or fabric line without the final project being uninteresting, so using only Marcia Derse fabrics for this one posed some problems.  In the end, I hope it hasn’t turned out too boring.