Jan 24

Baby Triangle Quilt (106)




Although I haven’t posted in a while, I have been busy making stuff.

A while back, I inherited a box of fabric.  It sat there, for the most part untouched, except for a few fabrics I used in my Quilt of Valor quilt and some scraps for my Scrap Vomit Quilt.  But large multi-yard panels were still left, and of fabric that I wouldn’t normally use.  So, I decided to finally cut them all up and make some quilts.

 

charity tied quilts

 

With the fabric, I was able to make two twin quilts, a lap quilt, and a baby quilt.  The tan one is made using fabric given to me by another friend, and the backing is a sheet, but the rest is from that box of scraps, and some of my mom’s old fabric, too.  It was fun to do a simple tied quilt again.  My daughters and my son even helped me tie a few, which was quite fun to watch, and fun to have them find joy in my hobby.

I was able to use these quilts to practice a few binding techniques, too.  I practiced machine binding my quilts (instead of hand stitching to the back) and I have to agree that it was easier, but with polyester, it was super slippery.  I also tried the pillowcase technique (sew all the layers together inside out and then flip it right side and then quilt).  I did not like that technique as well, but the quilt turned out fine.

 

With all that practice, I decided to venture on to new things for me.

 

30 degree triangles

 This is a quilt made with some fun bright geometric prints and linen (Kaufmann’s quilting linen) using a 30 degree triangle ruler.  It was pretty easy to piece, and I had no problems with the quilter’s linen at all.  Here is a close up of the quilting before washing (42 inches x 59 inches).

 

Straight line quilting

Here is the quilt all crinkled up and soft after washing (39 inches x 55.5 inches).

triangle quilt linen

I mixed things up with this quilt and decided to use minky for the backing fabric.

 

Quilted Minky triangles

What a fun change.  Quilting this quilt felt like wrestling a bear — it was so heavy!  I almost don’t want to use minky again, except for the fact that it feels so warm and thick and great in the finished quilt.  Yes, I think I am going to have to make winter quilts for all of our beds now, using minky.

Triangle quilt minky

Quilt with minky after washing

Since I had practiced so much on those other charity quilts, and since I didn’t like the idea of hand sewing the binding to minky, I decided to machine bind this baby as well.  I think I did ok.

 

machine stitch binding

 

And, just to keep you guys up to date on what else is going on in my sewing world:

 

1.  Remember the Dresden Wedge Tutorial?  Here is a twin quilt, using scraps of light and dark values.  It is currently basted and awaiting quilting.

dresden wedge scrap quilt

 

2.  I had high hopes for a bunch of 1930’s reproduction fabrics, but I have already run out of steam for the hand applique process.  Maybe I’ll be in the mood again in the summer?

orange peel quilt

 

3.  I have a bunch of left over DS prints cut up into 2.5 inch squares and 3 inch half square triangles.  I have a pattern figured out already, I just need the time to put it all together!

 

2.5 x 2.5 inch squares

 

4.  And I’m hoping to one day turn this:

yellow and gray fabric

 

into this:

Fire Drill

Linking up to Lee’s WIP post.

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  1. Karen says:

    So many wonderful projects. Glad to hear the 30 degree triangle weren’t too difficult to do – that quilt is amazing. Whenever I wrestle with a quilt I always loose! Have you tried the Sew Slip? I found it helpful and wish I had the larger size one.

  2. Liz says:

    You have been busy, very nice minky was difficult, bummer, well I may try one day. I will stay simple now. 🙂

  3. Books_Bound says:

    I just made a yellow and gray quilt, and it’s such an amazing color combo! That looks like a fun pattern for it too. I love the fabric with the gray spiral box–I’ve never seen that before.

  4. Wow you have been super busy! I have only quilted a dolls sized quilt with minky, not sure if I’m brave enough to go a large one… I’m thinking about the firedrill pattern too, it’s lovely and I have the perfect fabrics waiting in a nice pile…

  5. Meredithe says:

    Hi, I’ve just discovered your blog. Love your quilts! And the tutorials look great – eager to read more! I’ll be back. Cheers, Meredithe