Friday, 17 May 2013

Bloggers' Quilt Festival - Equilateral Triangle Quilt

This is my entry for the bed quilt category of the Bloggers' Quilt Festival running for the next couple of weeks.  If you've come from there - welcome and thanks for visiting!  

I started making this quilt back in September last year, and I blogged about the design process back in October.  I had the quilt top finished by late October, but it waited several months for me to quilt it.

sixty degree triangle quilt

Eventually, I realised that it was at least partly the basting process that was daunting me, so I had the quilt basted by Sue Burnett, a local long-arm quilter.

sixty degree triangle quilt

Sue might have laughed at me (in the nicest possible way) when she realised that I intended to quilt this monster myself on my little 25 year old domestic sewing machine (you can read all about my little Bernina, and why I don't think you need a fancy expensive sewing machine to make lovely quilts, here if you're interested).

quilt for a guy

Once the basting was done by Sue, it only took me about a week to finish the quilting, using straight lines (very) approximately 1/2" apart.

equilateral triangle quilt

Even though this is a pretty big quilt and will probably take its fair share of washing, I hand stitched down the binding.  I really enjoy that last hand stitching process, and the finish.  I gave this quilt to my brother for his birthday in April, and he immediately wrapped himself up in it like a very very large burrito.  I wish I had a photo but I was too slow with the camera!  I'm sure he is really enjoying it now the colder weather has arrived.

By the way, if you are interested in making your very own equilateral triangle quilt, I have a couple of tutorials that might be useful, on how to cut equilateral triangles and how to sew equilateral triangles.

Quilt Stats
Finished Size:  Approximately 87 inches by 84 inches.
Fabric: Assorted cream, grey and taupe solids, assorted cream, grey, mustard, blue, red, brown and taupe prints.
Backing: DS Quilts print from Spotlight.
Binding: Woodgrain print from Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 line.
Pieced and quilted by: me, on my domestic sewing machine.  Basted by Sue Burnett on her long-arm machine, and basting threads removed by me and my mum (thanks mum!).

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27 comments:

Jess said...

Great quilt Adrianne! I love triangle quilts and this one is a beauty!

Patchwork and Play said...

Another triangular beauty! The colours of this quilt are perfect! (One of these is going to the top of my 'must-do' list!!!)

Annabella said...

Well you know I LOVE this quilt so much Adrianne and lovely to see it again!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Great job Adrianne and a very effective quilt perfect for a male! I love that you managed to quilt this on your domestic machine too which is a little younger than my Janome. I like the same things about my machine as you do about yours, although I think I'd have to use a very thin batting to wrestle on this size through the throat of the Janome.
The basting is my least favourite part also and I always finish the binding by hand too.

Beth said...

Such a great quilt - I really like the color palette. And all I can say is wow that you quilted this on a little machine.

Erica said...

This is such a great "manly" quilt. Basting big quilt is always so hard. I generally enjoy the basting process, but it is such much harder with a big quilt.

Little Island Quilting said...

Wonderful.

Jessica Kelly said...

This is so so great! I'm sure it will be a popular quilt around the house for years to come!

P. said...

That is lovely! Your quilting compliments it beautifully too. I am going to come back later and explore your links, etc.

Janine said...

This is a fab quilt!

Heather D. said...

It's fantastic! And seriously, how AWESOME to have someone else baste it for you!! I love that. I think I'd get hung up in the quilting process a lot less if I didn't have to baste. :)

snips said...

Just gorgeous! and i love the quilting!

CitricSugar said...

It's beautiful! The long straight lines were a good choice (and I know exactly how much work that is for a small machine!)

Katy Cameron said...

Love all the triangles, but I totally feel your pain on the basting of something so huge o.O I ended up just long arming mine too lol

Kirsten said...

Such a beautiful quilt - love the fabrics you have used for the triangles and your straight line quilting.

Margaret said...

I've been wanting to make an equilateral triangle quilt for a while, and yours has just rekindled that desire! Well done.

Robin said...

Gorgeous! I love the texture all that straight-line quilting gives it.

Catherine said...

I love this quilt, especially your 25-year old Bernina quilting, which is awesome.

Splendorfalls said...

Fan-freaking-tastic! I am so in love. The colors and fabric choices are perfect; great quilt!

Aoife said...

Beautiful quilt! I'm nervous of triangles but all the lovely triangle quilts in the festival are pushing me to overcome. I'll be bookmarking your tutorials :) Thanks!

Grit said...

Beautiful quilt.
Greetings from Germany, Grit

Flying Blind... said...

Really wonderful quilt x

Jen said...

Beautiful!

Mary said...

Love your quilt. Great colors.
I am currently making a suprisingly similar baby quilt.

Deborah said...

Such a wonderful quilt - I like the balance of colour and neutrals.

Patricia said...

Lovely.

Kimberly said...

So cute is your quilt! Scrappy triangles just make me happy. You did a fantastic job at making them random and balanced. Great quilt!