I am more than happy to have this finished quilt to share with you today. The top had been basted for a couple of weeks and this weekend I finally had time to sit down and quilt it. After a couple of weeks with almost no sewing going on, it was lovely to be at my machine. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!
This quilt is just a simple equilateral triangle quilt. It's the third one I've made and I'd make another tomorrow! If you're interested in making your own, you can check out my tutorials on how to cut equilateral triangles and how to sew equilateral triangles. Also, if you're in Wellington, I am teaching a class on how to make an equilateral triangle quilt at Nancy's Embroidery - check out the class schedule on their website for details.
I've been wanting to make an autumnal quilt for a while, and I started on that with my Midnight at the Oasis quilt. However, that project is on hold for the moment, so the need to make a sample for my class presented the perfect opportunity. I've said before that if someone said they were putting chartreuse, plum, hot pink, grey-brown and cream together, I'd think of a hot mess, but I really love this somewhat unexpected colour combination.
As much as I love the front, I think I like the back as much. I used a really beautiful panel from Cori Dantini's Beauty is You line, and it ties in many of the colours from the front, in a much softer palette. I'm really glad I managed to find this fabric, because I had in mind to use on the back once I started the front, and it's quite hard to find online. I might have cleaned out the local quilt shop I found it at!
Even though cream linen binding is horribly impractical, it just seemed like the right choice for this quilt. I used a big cheat on the binding so I could hand this quilt over to Nancy's to be displayed pending my class. I very much prefer to hand stitch bindings, but it does take a while. I didn't want to machine stitch the binding on this quilt, so instead I used Roxanne's basting glue to glue down the binding. It's not a permanent solution, but it lets the quilt look finished until I have time to hand stitch the binding down later.
For the quilting, I decided to go very simple so as not to compete with the quite busy quilt top (and because I loved the quilting on this equilateral triangle baby quilt that my mum made). I simply stitched a quarter inch off each side of the seam lines. It was much quicker and easier than I thought it would be, especially because I didn't need to mark any of the quilting lines, and just used my walking foot as a guide. I actually used a different coloured thread on the top and in the bobbin, but the colour differences are very subtle (a very light beige on the back, and a slightly darker beige on the front). It does make a very nice pattern on the back.
Of course, I added the label in my usual style. I've found that curving the corners of my labels lets me blanket stitch around them a little bit more neatly, and they feel more secure without the points which can come loose.
Is an equilateral triangle quilt on your quilty bucket list?
Pattern: my own equilateral triangle quilt pattern
Finished Size: approx 56" by 63"
Backing: panel from Beauty is You by Corin Dantini
Binding: Essex Linen in Ivory
Pieced and quilted by: me