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!
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.
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!