Blogger's Quilt Festival. It's a chance for us to see and learn about a wide variety of bloggers and their creations. I debated this year what quilt to post, and I decided that Triangle Delight was the pick for this festival.
I wanted to make a quilt for my sister and her husband. She had hinted that she'd like to have one, so I went on a hunt for a pattern. I wanted something different, a bit intricate, and not just a traditional quilt block. At my local quilt store I found a book of quilts focused around triangles. There were lots of patterns in there, but none that caught my eye - except one photo. A beautiful quilt in rose and burgundy colours, in a tiny thumbnail photo half-way through the book. I loved it! But nowhere in the book were there instructions for this particular quilt. And the quilt did not use the same basic blocks that the rest of the quilts were built around.
However, I was determined not to let that deter me. I bought the book, and headed off to my sewing room to do some drafting. This was before I had any quilt design software, so I drafted the pattern by hand. I identified the basic block, drew it out and made myself some templates for it. Then, I worked out fabric yardage, and went in search of the perfect fabric for my sister.
I found the background fabric which I really liked, and matched the rest to that. Assembling this quilt was more work than I had expected. All those triangles. All those points. And there are several variations on the block, in terms of colour placement in this quilt, so I had to carefully keep track of that the whole way too. But eventually it all came together, and I was pleasantly surprised by the way the triangles seem to float on top of the background fabric.
The quilt was finished and delivered to my sister in time for Christmas 2009.
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