Friday, June 5, 2015
Falling Triangles Quilt and Goals for 2015
My goal for 2015 is to build 15 queens size quilts, using larger chunks of fabrics (leftovers) from other projects.
Falling Triangles Quilt is my 7th this year as we begin the month of June . . .
I pieced the Falling Triangles while visiting my mother in May. My Mom has a wall mounted quilt in her dining room. I used Mom's wall mounted quilt as a design board--to pin and review finished blocks.
Assembly: I selected and sewed 4 blocks together--as it was easier for me to keep each triangle rotating in the correct position.
I took this photograph after completing the first row of long arm quilting, featuring my own free style edge to edge Feather Bouquet design.
At the left of the photo is the take up roller bar--where you can see the backing fabric of gray and white chevron with turquoise center panel wrapping around the take up roller as I roll and advance the quilt to stitch the second row.
This photo shows all the layers loaded on the quilt frame. After stitching the first row, I stopped, and pulled the quilt top to the side so you can see the polyester batting.
To the right of this photos--I did a stitch test sample on the extended margin of the backing.
The extra margin of backing fabric is great for testing thread tension, gives me a moment to see how the loft of the polyester batting will behave before starting the quilt, and most important the extra fabic margins (left and right) are need to attach side tension clamps.
On the right--I am doing test stitches on a scrap piece of fabric.
My Feather Bouquet free style design is stitched right to left. Begins with a graceful S stem that finishes in a loose spiral, then back track to build feathers. Two days work to long arm quilt, and a third day to add binding, turn binding, and hand stitch.
I was inspired to make this quilt after reviewing Jenny Doan's Missouri Star tutorial on the Falling Triangles Quilt. I hope you will give it a try also.
Tip: I use Heavy Duty Spray Starch to prepare fabric for cutting and during assembly--makes every cut, every bias seam behave perfectly and finish accurately.