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.
The 45 degree mini template arrived in the mail, and I began drafting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
wendyDecember 8, 2015 at 8:47 am
This quilt is stunning, and then I read that you hand sewed it! That is dedication. It looks incredible, I love the low volume areas and that you continued the design in these areas and didn’t just put in chunks of fabric. the quilting looks beautiful too. The addition of the appliqued circles was inspired, they really do add something to the overall quilt.
Yvonne @Quilting JetgirlDecember 8, 2015 at 9:30 am
I like that you left the dime sized applique areas un-quilted, their bit of poof and color are delightful. Your piecing looks really precise and I agree that triangles can be a really fun way to use prints when they are meticulously cute and reorganized as you show here.
CherylDecember 8, 2015 at 9:54 pm
This quilt is awesome! I love the quilting you added, it works so well with the stars and the background.
JennyDecember 10, 2015 at 2:26 am
Another jaw dropping mini quilt!! I struggle to choose my favourite amongst your awe inspiring minis but this is up there. Aside from the time and skill put in to create this beauty, the design is so unique and clever.
Lara B.December 22, 2015 at 11:13 am
Your quilt is just gorgeous Cassandra! The closer I look, the more amazing it is!