Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Turn

Yea, Ahhh, Oooo, Eeee....Apparently I have mixed emotions about being the "quilter" in charge of this month's quilt in the do. Good stitches bee. One of my jobs as the quilter is to tell the other sewers what pattern and color scheme to make their blocks out of this month. They will complete the blocks, then send them to me - at which time I will piece the various blocks together, add batting and a back, quilt, and Voila - send it off to our local Project Linus chapter.

Inspiration quilt: a cross between This beauty that became a pillow front from AmandaJean at Crazy Mom Quilts and these amazing triangles from Julie at Jaybird Quilts
Inspiration fabrics: (am I crazy for doing this...) ANYTHING modern. Try to stay away from whites though - as that will be the sashing.

I was thinking of the same methodology for piecing as in the Crazy Mom Quilts post, but using a different size triangle. (bigger - rather than the itsy, bitsy 3.5" ones as I drove myself half crazy completing 6 - yes 6 is all I made - earlier this month). *see notation below for alternate piecing method depending on your preferences.

After much consideration on triangle shape (apparently there are 6 different triangles) and size, I think it might be easiest to make a right triangle (2 sides as 12" each, and according to the Pythagorean theorem, that makes the hypotenuse 17") ... okay, I don't remember much about math. Here is what I used to come up with my plan...
my 12.5" square ruler. To get your paper pattern, I took a random sheet of 12" scrapbook paper, lined up the middle cross angle line with the edge of the paper, traced the edge to make a diagonal line down the center (my ruler was not long enough, so I went as far as I could in 1 direction, then turned the paper to finish the line), cut and Voila - (2) templates for a 12x12x17" right triangle.

Once you have your template, use the tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts to piece the triangle together. I do NOT have a preference for how wide the scrappy pieces are - just that there be at least 3 fabrics per triangle. Example below of sewing onto the paper for the first piecing.

*The other option would be to make a 12" square of scrappy pieced fabrics, THEN cut using the template making procedure as described above - either seems like it should work for me.

I'd love to see pics if you give this a shot.

Good luck! Can't wait to see what everyone else from our do. Good Stitches group chooses for fabrics.

- Sew Sane Jane

1 comment:

  1. this sounds fun! are you sure you don't want to set a color scheme - I am horribly indecisive and need direction! :) even a warm or cool theme would be helpful for me. i may just wait and see some of the other blocks show up before i can choose.


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