|Scrappy Thousand Pyramids, Something Like This?|
I made a bunch more of my scrappy, strippy equilateral triangles a couple weeks ago, but then I stopped to come up with a plan for them. I'm thinking of a throw size quilt, around 52" x 66", similar to the EQ8 design pictured above. My triangles finish 7 1/2" tall x 8 3/8" wide, so I'll need 50 full pieced triangles, 8 half pieced triangles, and then 50 whole + 8 half alternate triangles in a mix of solids and prints -- not necessarily the prints pictured, mind you, but whatever odds and ends are gleaned from my scrap hoard. The mottled solids that I used in my EQ8 design are mostly the Moda Grunge Basics, which I absolutely love. They remind me of artists' pastels. So much more depth than plain solids, and the variations of shade and intensity within each piece of fabric will enable these better-than-solids to tie all of the colors of my crazy scrap prints together nicely.
|Moda Grunge Basics Bundle, Available on Etsy (affiliate link)|
As usual, the links in this blog post are as much for my benefit as they are for yours -- the Etsy seller I'm linking to does custom 5-piece bundles of Moda Grunge Basics, either quarter yards or half yard cuts, and you get to pick which 5 colors go in your bundle. According to the EQ8 yardage calculator, I don't need more than a quarter yard of any one of my solid fabrics for this quilt design, so that's probably the route I'll go. However, I should probably make all of my pieced triangles first before finalizing the coordinating fabrics. In real life, I have a lot more variety in the fabric strips going into these pieced triangles than what I bothered to show in the design rendering.
|Two In the Morning Is a Good Time For Triangles|
Behold my cluttered, dysfunctional design wall:
|Gridlock On My Design Wall!|
- My Jingle BOM quilt, which needs the center medallion trimmed and the borders tweaked and finished so it can be assembled into a quilt top, ready for quilting.
- My FrankenWhiggish Rose Applique project in the lower right corner, which needs LOTS more applique shapes to be prepped, basted and hand stitched before all nine blocks are done.
- The Abandoned Skirt Project near the upper right corner, which needs a tricky zipper installation worked out because I decided I need a lining too late in the construction process, and which also needs me to lose another 10 pounds before I'm the size I was when I started making the skirt...
- That Schumacher drapery fabric memo in the upper right corner is there for no reason at all. I forgot to take it down when I was finished with it.
...Meanwhile, I've been carefully removing the foundation papers from my pineapple log cabin blocks, and contemplating the next steps for that project as well.
|Final Layout for My 36 Pineapple Log Cabin Blocks|
|Peek-A-Boo! Back Side of Pineapple Block, Freed From Foundation Paper|
|Soft, Smooshy Quilt Blocks With Paper Removed!|
|OFF With Those Foundation Papers!!|
And so I am asking you the questions that I asked in several quilting-related Facebook groups yesterday:
- Have you ever pieced batting for a special quilt before?
- Could you tell where the join was in the finished quilt?
- Did the batting seam wear differently and become more noticeable over time?
- What kind of batting did you use? (I'm leaning towards either Quilter's Dream Wool or Dream Orient batting for this quilt)
- How did you join your batting pieces? Whip stitched by hand, machine serpentine or zigzag stitch, fusible batting tape (don't think wool batting can take the heat, though), serger flatlock stitch, or some other method?
- Does it matter whether the batting seam is parallel to or perpendicular to the rollers when I load it on the frame? I'm thinking vertical/perpendicular to the rollers.
- Anything else I need to know before I attempt this?
Well, once again my "quick little blog update" has eaten up an outrageous amount of my time. I've got other fish to fry, so I'll sign off for now.
I'm linking up with:
- · Let’s Bee Social at
- · Needle and Thread Thursday at
- · Whoop Whoop Fridays at
- · Finished Or Not Friday at
- Esther's WIPs On Wednesday at http://estheraliu.blogspot.com