Equilateral (60-degree) Triangle Baby Quilt

I haven’t had any friends have babies for a long time, but all of a sudden, I have a lot of baby quilts that I’d like to make for friends. I wanted to do something simple, without it being a simple patchwork quilt. I decided that an equilateral triangle quilt would give enough visual interest without it being either too difficult to piece or take too much time.

If you haven’t tried making an equilateral (60-degree) triangle quilt before, one of the best things I can recommend is starch or even just best press. If you take the time to take care of your fabric, it will be so much easier. Here’s my methodology for starching: Set out a plastic drop cloth, lay the fabric down, then spray it until it’s damp. I then leave it there until it dries. Once fabric has been starched, do not use steam, ESPECIALLY when you cut these triangles out. The bias edges really get wonky and weird with steam.

For further tips on how to piece 60-degree triangles, I recommend reading this post by the master herself, Jay Bird Quilts. I cannot recommend her tutorial highly enough.

This particular baby quilt is made using 5.5″ triangles, which are very easily cut out using a 60-degree ruler. Cut your fabric strips at 5.5″ x width of fabric (WOF). Then use your 60-degree ruler to cut triangles. Cut out 104 triangles to get enough for this quilt. You will then piece them into 8 rows of 13 triangles each. Once again, look through the post by Jay Bird Quilts and it’ll save you a lot of headache if you’d like your points to meet. Mine is not perfect, but I’m happy with it! 🙂

The solids I used for this quilt are all Moda Bella: Lead 9900 283, Graphite 9900 202, Smoke 9900 316, Silver 9900 183, White 9900 97. I don’t know what the aqua is….. but it’s pretty bright and great. Sorry.

This quilt finished at around 30″ x 40″. Just like a patchwork quilt, you can add more triangles to upsize it, or take away to downsize it. I really like keeping my baby quilts to a size that I can use just one yard of fabric for the backing and this did the trick!

What’s your go-to baby quilt? I’d love some more ideas!

 

#jensfillerblocks 6.5″ Bow Tie

I bet you all thought I was done making #jensfillerblocks. I did too!!! I couldn’t pass up posting this one as I’m in the middle of my 6.5″ bow tie quilt that I referenced in my Low Volumes series. It’s a very traditional block that has been around forever and is super easy to make. I’ll also include a rough estimation of yardage required to make a 60″ x 72″ quilt should you want one of your very own. I was asked to teach a class on Low Volumes as well as pick a fun pattern for the Payson Quilt Show in September. Hopefully this will be a helpful guide to the ladies who sign up!

Cutting for 1 block:

(2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ low volume

(2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ print

(2) 2″ x 2″ print

Draw a line down the center diagonally of each 2″ x 2″ print. Place the (2) 2″ x 2″ prints on top of one corner of each of the (2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ low volumes (LVs). Sew on the line. A note about directional prints: it is definitely possible to line up the prints so they go in the same direction, but it does require checking before you sew them to the LV’s.

Trim off the excess, and press. Lay out the block to make sure it is all facing the right direction and your bow tie corner pieces you just made end up in the right spot.

Sew together into a simple 4-patch and you are done!

 

For a 60″ x 72″ quilt (this will be 10 blocks x 12 blocks in its final form):

(240) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ assorted Low Volumes — keep in pairs of 2

(240) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ assorted prints — 2 from each print

(240) 2″ x 2″ assorted prints — 2 from each print

The simple yardage breakdown is: 8 LV fat quarters (cutting 30 from each FQ), and 12 assorted prints (cutting 20 each of 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and 2″ x 2″)

If you want a super scrappy look, like my quilt, you will need to use more variety and less from each FQ. This is a great quilt to raid your scrap bins as basically anything works well to create such a scrap-happy look.

You will need to make 120 blocks for a 10 block x 12 block final layout. NOTE: This is NOT my final quilt and does not follow the 10 block x 12 block layout. It’s still a work in progress. 🙂

Low Volumes: I Don’t Have an Inside Voice

This is Part 3 of 3 in a series on Low Volume fabric usage, not meant to be a comprehensive study, but a starting point. For Part 1 or Part 2, follow the links!

Now we’re to the good stuff, or at least my favorite type of Low Volume (LV). “I don’t have an inside voice” is just SOOOO much fun and funky to use. As with the “whisper quiet” and “normal speaking voice” LV, they have a very light background of white/off-white/cream/light gray, but these have big and bold colors, big and bold patterns, and just a little more chaos than our other two LV types. Here are some “I don’t have an inside voice” LV’s in action:

Aren’t they just FUN?!? You still can see the effect the bow tie blocks have, but the background adds some major interest. Yes, the “I don’t have an inside voice” LV’s compete more with the prints, but it still works!! Once again, the key is pairing a print with majorly contrasting colors with the LV. It will not work otherwise. For instance, the flamingo block (top row, 2nd from the left) would be lost if it were a pink bow tie.

Now the question some of you might be wondering: How do all 3 LV types work together? Well I’m happy to share my quilt thus far. It is one of my very favorites because of how unique it is.

Isn’t it just funky and fun? My eyes are constantly moving looking at different prints and backgrounds. I won a bundle from the very lovely and generous Holly Lesue of Maker Valley that served as the inspiration for this quilt as well as all of the Long Time Gone sewalong photos I saw around the same time. There are SO many great uses of LV happening in the sewalong (check out the #longtimegonesal if you want some more inspiration!) I chose this block for a bee I’m in and I cannot wait to get my blocks back this month and add them into the scrappy, happy goodness that already exists.

What are your thoughts now? Are you a “whisper quiet”, a “normal voice”, or an “I don’t have an inside voice” type of LV quilter? Or maybe you like all 3?