Monday, 7 April 2014

Autumn with a Twist Quilt

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!

Autumn with a Twist Quilt

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.

Autumn with a Twist Quilt

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.

Autumn with a Twist Quilt

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!

Autumn with a Twist Quilt

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.

Autumn with a Twist Quilt 

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.

Autumn with a Twist Quilt

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?

Quilt Stats
Pattern: my own equilateral triangle quilt pattern
Finished Size: approx 56" by 63"
Fabric: various
Backing: panel from Beauty is You by Corin Dantini
Pieced and quilted by: me

Linking up with finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts.

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29 comments:

Kristyn McCoy said...

I began one in 2011, you have inspired me to get back at it!

Your quilt is beautiful!

SandyQuilts said...

Love it

Diane said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I love the back you made also.

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

Such a gorgeous palette Adrianne, I think it's my favorite of your triangle quilts!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Lovely combo of colour and fabrics and that backing fabric is to die for! I've just started a triangle quilt, wish me luck!

Carla said...

Indeed I do want to make one of these. Beautiful colour way too

DeborahGun said...

Sigh, completely gorgeous as always :-)

Helen M said...

Love it Adrianne - yes I would like to make one eventually - add it to my ever growing list.

Rachelle said...

I've made 2 equilateral triangle quilts; both for use when sitting on the couch and big enough to wrap around yourself properly. I love them!

Deb said...

Love love love this!! That color combo is awesome

highwaycottage said...

Absolutely stunning quilt. Love your color choices.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I really adore the colour combination. Beautiful quilt and the backing adds a lovely softness. Rounded corners on quilt labels is just genius, must start doing that!

Aureas Kitchen said...

Your quilt is lovely in those autumn colours. I am sewing one right now following the QAL triangle quilt organized by The Sassy Quilter.

Teresa

jeifner said...

I also have been meandering about the triangle QAL on Flickr. Lovely colors in this one.

Annabella said...

It's absolutely beautiful Adrianne and I love the colours you have used. Wow.

Deborah H. said...

Exquisite! I'm inspired.

Kris said...

I simply adore Cori Dontini's fabrics and work. I love that you used her girls on the back. Lovely color combo and it is a beautiful quilt.

Debbie said...

This is lovely! And YES I AM working on my own triangle quilt!

wannabequilter.com said...

It looks great!

Suzanne said...

I love the colours!

Erica said...

Love it! Those pink catnap cats really pop!

Heather @ Winding Bobbins said...

Beautiful Adrianne! I'm intrigued by this idea of basting glue!

Cille said...

Great colors, Adrienne.

Flying Blind... said...

Gorgeous - definitely on my bucket list now!

Elmosmate said...

It looks wonderful. Was thinking about how to quilt mine, might copy yours :-)

Leonie said...

Absolutely stunning. Love love the colours and the quilting is perfect!

Jillian said...

Wow! It's great, Adrianne! I love the front and I love the fabric on the back. Maybe I should try to broaden my quilting expertise from squares to triangles? This is inspiration for that. thanks!

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs said...

Adrianne, that backing is just gorgeous!! I love your top, too (I have a deep color pallate in mind for my next triangle quilt - somewhat fallish), but your backing just makes it! I'm working on the Triangle QAL at the Sassy Quilter right now - loving the process with triangles as much as you do!

Beth said...

Well done on the palette! I especially like the light binding . . . don't see that as often. Yes, I would love to make a triangle quilt.