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Triangle Block Sew-Along

It’s quilting month at Sew, Mama, Sew!   As part of the festivities there is a quilt block sew-along with a new block posted every Monday.  When I first saw this week’s block I did what I always do with projects I want to try – I bookmarked it.  The sad thing is, I have so many projects now bookmarked that I never seem to get around to making any of them.  And no matter how hard I try to organize them in my favourites (folders and sub-folders and sub-folders of my sub-folders) I can never seem to find the tutorial I want when I am looking for it.  (If anyone knows a better way to organize these things PLEASE tell me.  I need some serious help.  Opening my favourites folder is a little like opening the kitchen junk drawer – the very idea of it stresses me out.)

Anyway, all that to say that I decided that instead of bookmarking it, and despite all the half-finished quilts in my sewing room currently, I would do something that I never do – I would make the block Right Now.

And I did!  (Sometimes I even surprise myself!)  I almost got stopped after my visions of a black, white and grey quilt were dashed when I discovered that I have absolutely no plain white in my stash (black, grey and cream just wasn’t going to do it for me.)   But I persevered and I am really happy with the final fabrics I chose.  And all but one of them is from my grandmother’s vast collection.  (yippee!)

So then the fun part.  Cutting the triangles, sewing them into squares, and then playing around with the endless variations of patterns.  This is one of the things I love about quilts.  I once wrote a book about how teachers can use quilting to teach their students math for one of my university classes  and I spent hours hand-drawing the numerous possibilities for each type of block (I’m a geek, I know….)  Here are only a few that my 16 sew-along blocks could create: (pardon the dark photos, it was night when I took these)


Diamonds 2

Triangles - Random

triangles - ordered

Hour Glass

Pinwheels - I love pinwheels.

There is something soothing to me about arranging and rearranging quilt blocks.  I don’t know why I love it, but I do. 

In the end, I chose the random triangles.  I liked the way it kind of dispersed the colour throughout the block.  And I liked that the triangles just got to be themselves, without combining into any other shapes.  Here it is, in it’s finished glory: I can’t wait for next Monday to find out what the next square will be!

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    April 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I love the diamond one the best. You have now turned me onto this whole idea of making up a block and then playing around with it to get something I LIKE A LOT! Thank you so much for your blog!

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    April 9, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I had to smile when I read your post 🙂
    First: I second your choice. That was mine on your pictures as well.
    You can have a sneek peek into the next three mini quilts on oh franssons flickr. I won’t follow after this, but I’m so very happy I finished this project.
    That was the second reason why I was laughing. I also jumped left foot aheard into searching for and cutting into fabric.
    Third reason: So I’m not the only nerd. At university I wrote a for-hour-lasting exam on the topic of how to arrange a set number of patchwork pieces and the over-all effect.

    You asked about organizing all those want-to-do’s.
    Well, I quit bookmarking for the same reason as you.
    If something is really one of it kind I print it. More likely of doing it actually. Or if I’m afraid it might get taken offline, I copy it to my hd.
    What I always do for quite a while and wha is working: I started a second blog with all project ideas and even more important, all tutorials and techiques tipps. Plus that is the place for putting all the blogs into I read more or less frequently.
    This second blog is not about nice looking, I don’t care which language I use, if I delete a blog again and so on….
    I use this additional block all the time. Good titels and good tags help me finding everything pretty fast.
    Hope that gave you some ideas.

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    April 9, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Good for you! I always look at these things and add them to my very, very long list of projects that I want to do. That’s great that you jumped right in and did it!

    I love how you played around with the blocks before deciding on the style you wanted. It makes me want to sew some blocks and give it a try!

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    April 15, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I’m hoping to get started on a quilt along (will be my first, so not sure if I should go for the triangles or search for something more basic?)

    Anyway, I don’t bookmark anything on my browser… I use delicious. Go to delicious.com start an account, and you can tag all of the internet goodies you come across. You can search your tags (I have tags like recipes, beef, appetizer, dessert, sewing, quilting, tutorial, pattern, color-inspiration, etc.), give something as many tags as you want–you get to make them up yourself, and my favorite part is…. you can access it from ANY computer! You can install a toolbar, search your tags, search the titles of the post (you can re-title the post if you want to), add notes/comments. I don’t know what I’d do without delicious!

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