I decided early on in the year that I would make quilts this year for Christmas gifts, by deciding early on I knew I would have plenty of time to get them made. Unfortunately I have been so busy with other makes I completely lost track of time and forgot about getting started on these quilts. After this realisation I had a slight panic about whether I would be able to get them all made, but decided to try and see if I could get them finished alongside with the board of other makes I need to get finished for Christmas!
I decided to do a triangular one first, which after my last battle with a triangle machine made quilt was quite a brave decision! I battled through however and despite a few problems and a lot (and I really do mean a lot!) of unpicking and re-sewing and a few minor meltdowns I managed to get it finished and I’m really pleased with it – there are a few little bits in not 100% happy with where some of my points haven’t lined up completely but I think thats just me being over critical, and considering it’s only the second machine triangle quit I have done it’s come out really great.
Now this one is finished I can get on with my other quilts, hopefully these go a little more smoothly and as I won’t be using triangles for these I think they will be a little less probmatic – although now I have just said that in sure they will cause me no end of stress!
1- Draw your triangle template; 4.5 inches long across the bottom and 4.5 inches high, meaning the sides were 5 inches long.
3- Take two strips of different fabric place right sides together and sew down each side 0.5 cm from the edge.
4- Now take your triangular template and lay it across the fabric, with the base on one sewn side and the point on the other, cut down the sides, unpick the point and turn right side out – here are your joined double triangles!
6- Cut out some singular triangles to form the straight edges at the top and cut some joined double triangles in half to straighten the side edges.
6 – Start sewing the triangles together, working on the diagonal, place wrong sides together and sew down the seam. Once all the diagonal strips have been completed, sew these diagonal strips together.
7- Layout your backing fabric piece, make sure this is a few inches bigger then the batting and patchwork pieces, next lay your batting on top, then place your patchwork layer on top. Pin everywhere to make sure it won’t move while quilting. You could also do a tacking stitch to really keep it together.
8- Add your quilted detail, I sewed down the diagonal lines to create a diamond detail on the backing fabric.
9- Bind around the edge by taking the backing fabric and folding it over to the front like you would when making a hem and slip stitch around.