Star Crossed Triangles: An EZ Quilting Triangle Challenge Quilt

When the Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge sponsored by EZ Quilting, I couldn’t wait.  I was in the midst of a “triangle phase” so this was perfect timing.  I decided that if I was going to take on this challenge, I was going to really embrace triangles, and create a design pieced entirely with that shape.

Star Crossed Triangles:  A MQG EZ Quilt Triangle Challenge Quilt

Star Crossed Triangles: A MQG EZ Quilt Triangle Challenge Quilt

The 45 degree mini template arrived in the mail, and I began drafting./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Quilt Drafti

EZ Quilting Template and prepared triangles

EZ Quilting Template and prepared triangles

Triangles are intriguing in their ability to transform fabrics through careful cutting and reassembly.  I selected quite a few brightly colored, distinctively patterned fabrics to form octagons and stars that are the focal points of the quilt.  The overall design includes several blocks that are all low volume fabrics to give some areas for a visual rest.triangle blocks

Given the small scale of the pieces of the quilt, I decided to go with an English Paper Piecing technique to insure that the corners of each triangle would match up perfectly.  The majority of the 866 triangles in the quilt are cut with the provided template, but there are additional triangle shapes to fill in between blocks and around the edges.  When I took a step back to look at the completed top, I decided that the all-triangle approach was a bit too rigid.  I began experimenting with options to break up the field of triangles, and eventually landed on adding brightly colored appliqué circles.  Each circle is about the size of a dime and is hand appliquéd to the finished quilt top.

Quilt top with circles roughly placed

Quilt top with circles roughly placed

Each star and octagon is quilted with coordinating thread using ruler work on a longarm.  The spaces between each of these shapes is filled with wavy, swirling, organic free-motion quilting.Star Crossed Triangles detail D

Star Crossed Triangles detail C

Star Crossed Triangles detail B

Star Crossed Triangles detail A

This quilt was my second entry into the QuiltCon contest, and I also entered this quilt into the Paducah show of the American Quilter’s Society in the category: Small Wall Quilts, Longarm Quilted.

Quilt Stats

Title:  Star Crossed Triangles

Size:  36.75″ x 41″

Techniques:  English Paper Piecing, Hand Appliqué

Quilting:  Ruler work and free motion quilting on an A-1 Longarm

Fabric:  Scrappy low volume and brightly colored prints

Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced with grey Decobob by Wonderfil, quilted with Aurifil in coordinating colors

Binding:  Scrappy low volume prints cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

Goal #22 is finished!

Goal #22 is finished!


Moroccan Star: A Michael Miller Challenge Quilt

This summer, the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) announced this year’s Michael Miller fabric challenge, and I couldn’t resist signing up.  Those metallic prints are so much fun!  I had an idea at that point, but once the fabrics arrived, I decided to change directions based on the exact prints that arrived.Moroccan Star finished quilt

Glittery metallics made me think of shining stars and opulence.  I typically prefer silver, but for this project I was really drawn to the gold printed fabrics.  To supplement the package of fabric sent by Michael Miller, I purchased some of the white and gold confetti dot also from the Glitz collection, and a Michael Miller black solid.MM Challenge

This design started with the fabric printed to imply interlocking circles.  I started experimenting by creating circles highlighting different sections of the print.  Once the circle sizes were determined, I drafted the motif that would create the final star design. I started the construction by hand appliquéing the circles to the white background pieces.  Those pieces were then added to the solid black background.  Moroccan Star process shot

 

Moroccan Star finished quilt top

For the quilting, I wanted to break up the background by using different quilting designs on either side of the appliquéd star motifs.  The quilting thread is a very dark grey which added a bit of extra dimension to the solid color surface.  I used the longarm for this quilt and the circle pattern was entirely free-motion using a dot to dot technique.  It is far from perfect, but it was the first time I had attempted this, so it could have been far worse!  I tend to like a hand drawn quality in free motion quilting, so I ultimately decided to leave it in and embrace the character of the piece.  Moroccan Star finished detail A

The lines around the stars and the tightly spaced vertical lines are also free-motion, but for the horizontal lines on the left side of the quilt I did lock the machine on the track before hand guiding the stitching.Moroccan Star finished detail B

This quilt was one of my entries in to QuiltCon, so now I (like many of you!) are waiting to hear which quilts we will see at the show in February.

Quilt Stats

Title:  Moroccan Stars

Size:  41″ x 40.5″

Techniques:  Needle turn appliqué

Quilting:  Free motion and linear quilting done on an A-1 Longarm

Fabric:  Michael Miller Glitz collection and Michael Miller solid

Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 in black

Thread:  Hand appliquéd with Gutermann Mara 100 in white, Quilted with 50wt Aurifil in a a dark grey

Binding:  Michael Miller solid black fabric (to match background) cut in 2″ wide bias strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

Goal #23 is finished!

Goal #23 is finished!

 

WIP: MQG Triangle Challenge Quilt

A couple months ago The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) announced a challenge that involved using a small EZ Quilting triangle template that was either 45 or 60 degrees.  I was really excited to receive the 45 degree triangle since I have been doing quite a bit of work with equilateral triangles lately, and I think it is time to branch out a bit. One of the goals I have set for myself in this challenge is to explore how fabric prints can be manipulated to enhance a quilt design.  This means I am doing a lot of fussy cutting!Triangle Blocks

For the overall design of the quilt, I am incorporating triangle-based stars and octagons with ample amounts of low volume triangles./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Quilt Drafti

The cutting template is 2-1/2″ tall, so I cut strips of that width and then used the template to cut the final shape.  I stacked a few strips at a time, so the cutting process went pretty quickly.  Given the relatively small scale of the pieces, I decided that hand piecing would give me the best chance at achieving perfect points.  I decided to go with an English Paper Piecing (EPP) technique, so I drafted up a page of triangles of the correct finished size which I printed onto freezer paper.  The freezer paper pieces were ironed onto the fabric triangles and the edges folded back in preparation for sewing.  Prepared Triangles

Each block has 32 triangles, and I have pieced eleven blocks of the 22 full blocks, so I’m halfway through those!  Then I’ll tackle the six half blocks and assemble the top- This could take awhile!

This week, I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced at Freshly Pieced and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.  Please stop by to see what everyone is working on!

Fruit Crush: Mini Quilt #17

I am constantly sketching or drafting ideas for new quilt designs, and this weeks quilt for Mini Quilt Mania is a result of some elongated block drafting.
Fruit Crush front view

A lot of my designs are in a square format, and I was wanting to think about what would happen to a design if I were to lengthen a square block to create a rectangle.  For this design, I just started drafting on the computer, creating shapes, subdividing them, erasing lines, and adding them back.  The result is, from what I can find, a new block.  I tend to think that it is virtually impossible to create something new, but I couldn’t find anything similar in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.  (Have you seen this design before?)

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When I designed this block, I was thinking about creating an unusual block to make a larger quilt.  I quickly decided that this block is not something that I would want to make a lot of, and left it alone for several months.  When I was going back through my design file, I decided that this block, while insanity producing in multiples, might be a cute mini quilt.

The fabric choices were drawn from a piece of Kaffe Fassett fabric with a with range of colorful dots.  This was a challenge for me because I have never created a quilt using all bright, middle value fabrics.

Fruit Crush front detail

I printed templates to use for cutting out the pieces for this block.  I hadn’t used this technique in many years, so it was interesting to go back to it after setting it aside for other techniques for so many years.

The quilting on this piece is tightly spaced echo quilting within the major shapes of the space.  I used lighter and darker thread on either side of each star point to create a sense of dimension.  The remaining areas were quilted using thread which coordinates with the fabric.

Fruit Crush back view

Quilt Stats:

Title: Fruit Crush

Size: 12.5″x16.75″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing of pieces cut using paper templates

Quilting:  Echo quilting lines approximately 1/8″ apart

Fabrics:  Assorted bright midtones selected to coordinate with Kaffe Fassett print

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced with Gutermann Mara 100 in white, Quilted with Connecting Threads Essential Cotton Machine Quilting Thread in Sangria, Magenta, Persian Blue, and Persimmon

Binding:  Magenta Print cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new:

New Block Pattern

Pulling all colors from a single piece of printed fabric

Quilt 17 / 50

Quilt 17 / 50

Goal #3 is Finished!

Goal #3 is Finished!

This week I’m linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart QuiltsLet’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.  Please stop by to see all of the wonderful projects being created!