I want to share the story of my Triangle Jewels quilt with you today. The end of the story, is that this quilt is going to a baby boy who will be born very soon to my work colleague. Based on the clothes that she wears, and a few comments that she has made, T. and her husband like clean designs and simple patterns, not cutesy baby fabrics, so I knew this quilt would be perfect.
But I didn’t start it with her in mind. I started it because I got sucked into yet another quilt-along, hosted by Paula at the Sassy Quilter. The triangle quilts she previewed on her blog spoke to me as modern, and since I had never worked with equilateral triangles, I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and give it a try. I picked the Anna Maria Horner Sinister Swarm fabric, plus three other AMH, then dove into my box of Kona solids for complementary fabrics (click on the photo to go to my flickr stream, where the fabrics are listed).
I cut out the triangles. I sewed together the triangles. The pace was fast, but I got them laid out and the rows sewn together. I found the Lizzy House 1001 Peeps on sale and it matched the front nicely. I basted the quilt and started the straight lines to accentuate the jewel shapes.
Then I got stuck. I wanted to quilt down a few puffy areas, but I was worried whether my free-motion quilting was “good enough” to give to someone else. So it sat. I put it on my Q3-finish-a-long list but still it sat. And then it was 3 weeks until T. was going to start her maternity leave and I was running out of time. So over a couple of evenings, I added the figure 8 quilting. Back to the solids box, I had enough of the Kona Azure for 2-1/4″ binding. I decided to try machine binding on this, since hand binding really bothers my wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome). All photos in this post were taken after washing.
I am really happy with this finish, I think it is beautiful, and T. was almost overwhelmed when I gave it to her. My advice to others is, just try something. Don’t worry about perfection, enjoy the process.
Linking to Amy’s Creative Side for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I’m entering this in the Modern Quilt category, because it is modern to me. Please go and visit all the other marvelous quilts, and participate by commenting and voting for your favourite.
Size = 55″ x 51″
Batting = Warm and White
Quilted by me on my domestic Husqvarna 755 using variegated Wonderfil thread