If you are visiting from the festival then a huge welcome to this comfy corner of the blogosphere! I am a Brit living with my family in N.Africa and I have been quilting for about 3 years.
A triangle quilt has been floating toward the surface of my bucket list for a while now. I love colour and dense saturated colour at that! When I was thinking about how I could best show off my beautiful FQs of Anna Maria's Field Study, I plumped for 6" triangles.
So a few weeks ago on a dreary afternoon and completely on a whim, I cut up my treasured 24 FQs in to lots and lots of equilateral triangles. I didn't use a special ruler - I just used this tutorial.
I then randomly pieced them together. No solids. No negative space. Just a riot of colour and designs in pinks, purples, mustard, orange, greens, blues and brown and not forgetting a little leopard print - the way Anna Maria Horner does best.
Did I mention this is a quilt for me? Oh okay, perhaps I'll let the family have a snuggle! I know it will be used, loved and appreciated. So I went for something pretty special for the backing; I used a gorgeous Loulouthi voile - so soft and luxurious, which I found for a bargain $6 a yard. The burnt orange and duck egg blue Coreopsis flowers are beautiful and work perfectly with the front!
I used Dream Orient for the backing - it was the first time I had used it and it is gorgeous - a mix of bamboo, silk, cotton and botanic tencel (a man made fibre from wood pulp apparently) and it gives the most perfect drape and is super soft.
When it came to quilting, I realized I was running low on thread! Living where I do, it's impossible to buy good quality thread locally. Luckily, I didn't want the quilting to be too dense as I wanted to maintain the softness of the quilt. So I reckoned I had just enough of some taupe Gutermann thread to quilt it in vertical lines 1 1/2" apart and then go over every other line with a wavy line. I did but only just!
I love all things blue at the moment and so bound it in Amy Butler's Folly in zinc from her Cameo line.
A couple of days ago I finished the quilt - just in time for the festival!
It measures 62" x 73" and it's being suspended here by my 5 year old son!
Unusually, it was a dull and miserable day here yesterday but the quilt definitely added some colour!
Thanks as ever to Amy for hosting this fabulous bi-annual event.