Hello there! I’m so excited to be tagged in in the Around the World Blog Hop by my friend Rachel at Quiltineering. Thanks Rachel! The hop is like a giant blogosphere tag game where those tagged can share a bit about their creative process as well as what they are working on.
After you check out the news I have below, I hope you can take a minute to check out the following three blogs to get to know these fabulous friends of mine:
1) Kitty at Night Quilter…. Kitty is my dear friend and a fellow administrator at the Late Night Quilters page on Facebook. She is a talented pattern-writer, specializing in paper-pieced patterns, and a fabulous nature photographer.
2) Melanie at Mel in the Attic….. Mel and I are online buddies. I hope to finally meet her in person at QuiltCon in February. Melanie is an amazing quilter who teaches classes of all kinds in NJ and recently developed an incredible tutorial on creative ways to use a walking foot that was featured on Sew Mama Sew.
3) Christina at Wips and Tuts…. Christina and I are in a bee together (it’s my first bee ever!). She’s such a fun girl. I love her personality… it shines through in everything she does.
So, what’s going on in my little world? Kind of a lot, actually…
It’s official—- I have a new partner! My wonderful friend Michelle is joining me here at Late Night Quilter, and she’ll be sharing patterns, tutorials and project ideas with us. Michelle and I both live in the same community and met at a sewing group in our neighborhood several months ago. We hit it off immediately, and knew that we would be a great team.
This is a big month for us…. Michelle and I have finally opened our own longarm and pattern design business! You may have noticed the addition of the tabs at the top that show off some of our longarm designs.
We specialize in free-motion, edge-to-edge quilting, on a vintage Nolting. However, we also offer custom quilting, including multiple designs per quilt and ruler work. We hope you’ll check out our gallery and let us know if you’d like a consultation. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re offering free batting to any customers who send us quilts in the month of September!
But enough of that… to celebrate our new partnership, and the Around the World Blog Hop, Michelle and I have a gift for you. A free pattern and tutorial for our new quilt.
You can find the free pattern/ tutorial below. Or you can click here to download the Love Triangle Quilt PDF. Check it out:
Love Triangle Quilt Tutorial
We call this the Love Triangle because…. let’s face it…..who in the quilting world doesn’t love triangles?! (Wait, don’t answer that).
We’re head over heels with this little modern quilt design and thought, what better way to introduce Michelle to the Late Night Quilter readers than bearing gifts at the same time? This is a quilt that we worked together on, Michelle designed the overall look and Stephanie did the quilting on the longarm. We offer it up to you as a free pattern and tutorial, and hope you like it as much as we do.
We can’t wait to see what Love Triangle quilt tops you create!
This quilt measures approximately 43”x 49”, and can easily be made larger or smaller by adding borders.
What you need:
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- An assortment of fat quarters for your triangles. This is a perfect scrappy project! We recommend using at least 3 different brightly colored fabrics. One triangle requires a fabric scrap that is at least 6.5” x 7.5”. One fat quarter can yield about 8 of these triangles, with scraps left over.
- 2 yards neutral background fabric
- Fold the background fabric from one cut edge to the other (not selvage to selvage), fold in half again to make it shorter for cutting purposes. Cut into 6 strips, 6.25” x 63”. (You should have one long strip that is less than 6” wide left over; discard this and use for a scrap project).
- Sub-cut background fabric into the following lengths (*note: Save the excess cuts to piece together the final two rows needed for the quilt top. Label the strips to make the piecing process easier.):
- 6.25” x 50” (Row 1)
- 6.25” x 10.5” (Row 2)
- 6.25” x 38.5” (Row 2)
- 6.25” x 7” (Row 3)
- 6.25” x 20.75” (Row 3)
- 6.25” x 14.5” (Row 3)
- 6.25” x 22.25 (Row 4)
- 6.25” x 8.75 (Row 4)
- 6.25” x 11” (Row 4)
- 6.25” x 19” (Row 5)
- 6.25” x 22.75 (Row 5)
- 6.25” x 16 (Row 6)
- 6.25” x 19” (Row 6)
- *(You will use scraps of background fabric to piece together Rows 7 and 8… see diagram on page 8 of PDF for clarification on lenths of background fabric)
- Prepare your cutting mat by marking the 60 degree line with a long piece of brightly colored, easy to remove tape (like scrapbooking tape or frog tape).
4. Cut your equilateral triangles from your 6.5” strips. I’ll show you pictures of the method I use. Or you can click here to watch my short YouTube video of the method.
A. Clean up the edge of your fat quarter.
B. Cut your fabric into 6.5” strips.
C. With the right side up, lay the short side of the fabric at the top corner of your cutting mat. Align the ruler with the 60 degree line on the mat. Use the yellow tape to help line up your ruler.
D. Cut at the 60 degree line. This is excess fabric that we don’t need.
E. Now flip the fabric over to the wrong side, align it with the corner of the mat again. Align the ruler with the degree line.
F. Line up the ruler with the 60 degree line and cut. Now you have your first 60 degree triangle!
G. Flip the fabric back to the right side again. Align your ruler with the 60 degree line and cut. Now you have your second triangle.
5. Measure to be sure all 3 sides are the same length. Each side should be 7.5” long. Continue cutting these triangles until you’ve come up with at least 24 triangles from at least 3 different fabrics.
Assembly of Quilt Top:
- This quilt can be broken down into 8 rows. Rows 1-6 will be easy to assemble with the strips you cut in the beginning. However, you will need to take the excess background fabric you have from the pieces you cut earlier, and use these to piece together and label the following strips used for rows 6 through 8:
- 6.5” x 12.75” (Row 7)
- 6.5” x 16” (Row 7)
- 6.5” x 50” (Row 8)
- The triangles are comprised of the following number of individual triangle units. You will form two smaller pyramids (4 triangles each) and one large pyramid (16 triangles) as shown. Don’t sew the triangles together yet though!
6. Lay out the strips and triangles as indicated in the diagram.
7. Begin piecing with the lower left corner, row 8. (If your 8th row is made up of several pieces of background fabric, instead of just two strips pieced together, that’s ok. It doesn’t have to be exactly like the illustration above). Work from left to right, from the bottom to the top of the quilt.
In order to attach a strip of background fabric to a triangle, you’ll first need to trim the side of the strip of the background fabric to make it 60 degrees.
To do this, line up the 60 degree line of the ruler on the bottom of the strip, and use your rotary cutter to cut off the excess to the right, or left, depending on which side you’re attaching to a triangle.
8. Place fabric right sides together and sew a ¼” seam allowance for all seams. Unfold and press seams open.
9. Sew each row together using the quilt diagram previously provided. Then sew together the 8 horizontal rows.
10. Make a quilt sandwich with your backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt however you’d like!
This would look beautiful with a simple, all-over design, but Stephanie chose to break up the space with straight lines, swirls and even some feathers hidden in a couple of shadow triangles. Can you find them???
Hope you enjoy this tutorial! Happy quilting, ya’ll!