Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Isosceles Triangle Quilt Along... the supplies.



Since I started quilting, I have been wanting to make a Christmas quilt to snuggle with during the Christmas season. I finally checked it off my to-do list and this lovely quilt has found it's home on my couch next to the Christmas tree... I am loving it! It's the perfect size for my littles to snuggle with and maneuver around, but it is big enough for an adult to use as well.


I fell in love with and was totally inspired by Amy's Kitschy Christmas quilt. I love how vintage and retro her quilt is! I may have to make another next year and go for more of a retro feel. 

I made mine using Riley Blake fabrics... I used two different lines... The majority is from Alpine Wonderland line and I also threw in two prints from the Marguerite line (red polka dot and the pink stripe). I wanted to go for a slightly girly feel to this quilt since I have two little girls... And I love that if I really wanted to I could use it if I want during the year since it is not totally Christmas-y looking.



Instead of trimming off the excess from the triangles and squaring off my quilt, I decided to try something new and left the zig zag edge. I love how it turned out! Just something different. 



 I used the Alpine Wonderland Main in blue for my backing and love how it turned out. The print is so big and fun. I took care to piece it together carefully so as not to see the seam in the backing and it turned out great. 


I contemplated hand quilting this one... and honestly I think it would have turned out really awesome if I had done that, but in the end, I opted to finish this quilt before Christmas instead of after and machine quilted 1/4 inch from every seam. I think it turned out pretty good. I love the straight lines and the design on the back looks really cool. 


I thought it would be fun to do a quilt along for anyone that wants to make an isosceles triangle quilt- Christmas themed or not....

Anyone in the quilt along mood?? I hope so! :) 

Supplies:
-rotary cutter and mat
-thread
-scissors
-iron and spray starch (totally a must for this quilt)
-For cutting my fabric into triangles, I used the Quilt Sense Kaleidoscope Triangle Ruler. I picked mine up at Joann's and was able to use a coupon to get it for pretty inexpensive.

It is super easy to use- I just cut my fabric into 6 inch strips and then lined up the template on the 11" block line to cut my triangles... They are 45 degree triangles that measured 6" tall  and 5 1/4 " on the base of the triangle- so if you wanted to make your own template than that would probably work ok too.


-instead of giving you specific yardage, I am going to let you know how I made mine and give you some options. You can make this quilt with scraps, fat quarters, 1/4 yards, 1/2 yards, etc. The options are endless. 

I started with an Alpine Wonderland Fat Quarter bundle, and then added some yardage of the red polka dot and pink striped Marguerite fabric to compile my 156 prints/colored triangles. 

Then I used 2 yards of Riley Blake Clean White yardage for the 156 white triangles.

My quilt consisted of 156 colored triangles and 156 white triangles. The quilt measures roughly 50 x 63 inches. I say roughly because when I was making it, I realized halfway through that my new 1/4 inch seam piecing foot is slightly over 1/4 inch... So it kinda threw my seams off a bit... once I had pieced the triangles into rows, when it came time to sew the rows together I ended up having to use 1/2 seam allowance to compensate for the mistake in the seam allowance... So if you decide to make this- I definitely recommend using a scant 1/4 inch seam when piecing to make sure things line up perfectly- and then I think your quilt would measure slightly bigger... So this is gonna kinda be one of those do as I say, not as I do quilt alongs! But hey... I figured out all of the ways to do it wrong, so now you don't have to do any of that... you can just start out doing it correctly! :)

Ok... Like I said, I used a fat quarter bundle and some various yardage for my quilt top, so I will just let you know how many triangles you can get out of different cuts of fabric and then you can decide what cuts you want to use.

Fat Quarter: 18 triangles
(beware when using fat quarters... they have to be exactly 18x22 inches to get 18 triangles out of it- in my case, a handful of my fat quarters were smaller and I was not able to get the full amount of triangles cut out of them)


1/4 yard or 6" x Width of fabric: 14 triangles

1/2 yard: 42 triangles

Just something to think about-  After I had my quilt all finished, I realized that since I used an even number of triangles across the quilt, I ended up with a kinda funky shape of quilt. Meaning- on the top left of the quilt there is a white triangle so it zags out but then on the top right of the quilt there is a colored triangle so it zags in. It's no big deal, but makes it kinda tricky when folding it since the top corners are not symmetrical. So if I were to make it again, I would probably do my quilt 25 triangles wide instead of 24 so that it was symmetrical. I am just kinda weird like that though, so if that doesn't bug you then go ahead and do 24 triangles wide like I did.

Like I said, if you are following my layout, you will need 156 colored triangles so calculate how much yardage you will need depending on if you are using fat quarters vs. 1/2 yard cuts, etc.

Then you will need 2 yards of a solid/neutral fabric.

If you are wanting to make your quilt smaller or bigger than mine, just figure out how many triangles you want and calculate how much fabric you need to buy.

-1/2 yard to 3/4 yard for binding... just depending on if you decided to do the zig zag edge like I did or square your edge and do straight edge binding.

As for the batting and backing since my seam allowances were messed up when piecing my top, I recommend finishing your quilt top and then purchasing those two items after you have a final measurement so that you are not buying too much or too little.

I will be posting the directions for cutting your fabric and piecing your quilt top next week so stay tuned!
If you have any questions, leave a comment but be sure to include your email so I can get back to you!

Last but not least, I just wanted to give a big shout out to my sponsor for the quilt along- Riley Blake Designs.

HAVE FUN FABRIC SHOPPING! :)

For directions to make this quilt, click HERE.

42 comments:

  1. I made one Christmas quilt but gave it away. Maybe it's time to make one for myself using my Santa's Coming to Town FQs :). Can't wait to get started!

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  2. LOVE your edge! I'm hoping to quilt along as I'm infatuated with triangles right now. I have made an equilateral quilt, but not an isosceles so I must rectify that!

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  3. gorgeous! I'm currently doing my first quilt also with triangles--although much smaller than yours! so I was so excited to see this!

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  4. Ash, if you opened a store of all the darling quilts and things you have made, it would be my favorite shop ever. You have the best taste. Everything you do is so darling. Your little girls are so lucky to have such a talented Mommy. Miss you!!

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  5. This is gorgeous!! I agree that you have exquisite taste! I'd love to see fabric bundles or collections from you!!!: ) I love this quilt!

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  6. This quilt is lovely! Thanks for starting the quilt along. A silly question but I'm assuming this should be achievable by Christmas?! xxx

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  7. This quilt is lovely! Thanks for starting the quilt along. A silly question but I'm assuming this should be achievable by Christmas?! xxx

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    1. Hi Melanie... definitely achievable by Christmas. I made mine in 2 weeks just kinda working on it at nighttime over the course of two weeks. Once you get your fabric cut, it goes together pretty quickly... :)

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    2. Brilliant, I will get cutting then :o)

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  8. That's brilliant! I'd love to do something like that but I think hubbie would have a fit, he already has issues with the amount of stuff I have for my crocheting, maybe I'll leave it a couple of years and then get the girls involved when they're a bit bigger xXx

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  9. This is beautiful! You are so talented!

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  10. Absolutely loved your quilt. Is it possible to be addicted to wonderful fabric? I love the smell, the feel, and the look of a great piece of fabric just waiting to be gathered into a beautiful and whimsical design. Thank you for inspiring me and feeding my addiction.

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  11. Thanks for sharing! Love this beautiful quilt!!!

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  12. I love this quilt. Your edges are amazing. I've never seen a quilt with such fun edges. And I love the fabric line. I think I'm going to have to make this one!

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  13. I love everything about your quilt, I want to join the quilt along!

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  14. I love the crispness of the colors, they remind me of winter. I think the triangle edge is awesome too. I

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  15. I love the edging. It is SPECTACULAR!!

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  16. I love this quilt! I love the edging and I love the way the triangles make the shape for the edge. Also, who can resist this fabric. LOVE!

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  17. That is so cute! I want to make something like this, one day!

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  18. This is adorable, I would love to make this for my mom for christmas.... Pick me!

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  19. I just love how whimsical this blanket is. It's perfect for the holidays.

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  20. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! I need to make one!

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  21. Very fun! Love the vintage feel of it! Beautiful!

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  22. I love this edging! I always feel so wasteful squaring off the sides

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  24. This quilt is beautiful! I have Christmas fabric that I've been waiting years to use with the right pattern. Maybe this is the one. Your quilt is beautiful, and thank you so much for sharing how to make it! Your talents amaze and inspire me.

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  25. Oh man! I really want to join. I'm still trying to get the borders on the zig-zag quilt along I did from your blog! I need more free time :) It's beautiful!

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  26. i love this quilt! thanks for posting! found you via pinterest.

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  28. This quilt is so adorable! I love the edges of this triangle quilt! Very Unique!

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  29. You finished it! I Iove it! It's beautiful! I didn't notice the darling edges when we were there. Perfect touch!

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  30. That is beautiful. I love the zig zag edge!

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  31. This is an awesome quilt, Ashley! Enjoy following your work!

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I honestly love reading every single one! If you have a question you would like answered- be sure to include your email so that I can get back to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
xoxo, Ashley