27 July 2011

Trials with Triangles

For a long time now I have been a long-distance admirer of the sewing escapades of two great quilty folk:
Rita at Red Pepper Quilts (http://www.redpepperquilts.com/)
Anita at Bloomin' Workshop (http://bloominworkshop.wordpress.com/)
One of the particularly wonderful creations they have produced are the shirt stripe boxes quilts which I think were originally inspired by Kaffe Fassett's book Passionate Patchwork. Here are some more:
Shirt Stripe Boxes Quilt Inspiration by McGinty & Me href="http://flickr.com/photos/52794248@N06/5311939678/">T-Stripes Squared, 2. Triangle first attempt, 3. Baby boy quilt, box stripe, 4. ~ workinprogress, 5. Not available, 6. Doll Quilt Swap 11 Top Detail, 7. tunnel vision, 8. My Semi-Plan, 9. Carrie's Quilt top done
I love the effect of the lines matching up... so I tried it for myself & all I can say is - it is trickier than it looks... a lot trickier.... even with one of these great gizmos....
Anyway, after many hours of hair-pulling & frustration I managed to produce this quilt top:
I am hoping to finish it soon to send off to my Doll Quilt Swap partner, but my next query is: how to quilt it without loosing the triangle effect? Any suggestions??
Hope you all are having a lovely summery day!


  1. The quilt top looks fantastic. Quilting? On a grid, in the ditch and diagonally, horizontally and vertically as well - if you want to retain the triangles? Or just on either side of the seams? Don't think I am helping much here. Sorry!

  2. How about zigzag quilting which I think Rita did recently on one of her quilts?

  3. Beautiful quilt! I would just keep to a simple outline quilting on each side of your diagonals if you are wanting to retain the triangle effect, but I'm far from an expert on these things.

  4. I would agree with Sarah and add colored thread. If you hand quilt instead of machine it would pop those tringles.

  5. Thanks for all your helpful suggestions... am off to try to quilt this, so will let you know how I get on!