Triangles Two Ways

Triangles Two Ways

A long time ago I made a quilt with a bundle of Kaffe Fassett fabrics for my grandma. This is going to sound sacrilegious to many of you, but I did not love the fabrics. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen gorgeous color saturated KF quilts that many of you have made and I thought they were fabulous, but some of my fabrics did not appeal to me. Anyway, my grandmother’s quilt is my least favorite of all I have made, probably because I chose the thickest batting ever and the results were not great.

I recently found a bunch of triangle shapes that were left over from that quilt and I thought I’d do a kind of triangle experiment. I started playing with the triangles and made a diamond shape.

Then I added smaller triangles just for fun, one set arranged into a star and another set forming another triangle. That was kind of fun.

But the best thing was that I got to experiment with the quilting. One side (the right) was quilted with straight lines by machine, and the left hand side was hand-stitched with sashiko type of stitches. It was hard to keep the long lines straight and equidistant but hopefully if you don’t pay too much attention to detail you won’t notice that.

I asked my daughter Ana to take pictures of the finished quilt and I love them. They really show the texture of both sides. Here is the machine quilted part:

And the hand stitches:

The quilt is rather small (37 x 45 inches) so I am not sure what I am going to do with it, but it was a nice experiment and I am glad I did it.

On this last picture you can get a tiny glimpse of the back, which features wasps all over.

I have absolutely no idea what possessed me to buy that fabric in the first place, as I hate insects with a passion, but I had exactly enough for the backing so I was glad to put it to use and free some space on my shelf.

I may have accidentally bought the same wasp fabric in burgundy color… you have to wonder what state I was in when I shopped for fabric that day! [That fabric is up for grabs if wasps are your thing].