One of my Christmas presents was this great little book: Sunday Morning Quilts, by Cheryl and Amanda Jean. I'm normally not really one for quilting books, for the same reason I'm not one for patterns. I just prefer to come up with my own ideas. BUT, I've been loving this book. The first project from the book I decided to try is a version of Amanda Jean's "Up Up and Away" quilt. If you've been following my blog for the past week or so you've seen some sneak peeks of it.
|A section of blocks|
|My triangle scraps jar after making several hundred triangles already!|
First line up the scrap over the square how you want it to be once it's sewn. If it's overhanging anywhere you can go ahead and trim.
Holding the scrap in place flip the pieces over. (Hopefully you are using a light colored background). Looking through the back of the fabric, find the edge of the scrap and line it up with the half inch line on your ruler. Make a pencil line over the scrap, this ensures that once you sew your pencil line will be hidden by the scrap and won't show through the fabric.
Flip back over. Flip your triangle down into position to sew and (again looking through the fabric) align the edge with the pencil line you drew. Sew and press and voila, perfect triangles!
|The current progress. All I lack is 2 more columns of 8" blocks to the left. (About 200 more triangles.)|
I pressed my newly finished blocks and put everything up on the design wall. I lack 2 columns of 8" blocks to the left of what is there. I quickly calculated that I needed about 200 more little triangles and, looking at what was left, I knew I'd need more. At times I had thought the the magical bottomless jar of triangles scraps would outlast this quilt, but I guess it just wasn't to be. Trusty scissors in hand I turned to my jar or crumbs, ready to create some triangles, when what did I find...
...MORE triangles! Hiding in the crumbs. Lots more. More than I will need for this quilt. It's unbelievable. Who knew that quilting produced so many triangular scraps??
So, I am proud to say: no square, rectangular, or otherwise usable scraps were harmed in the making of this quilt, only odd sized triangles.
This quilt got its name today while I was doodling in class: Shrapnel. I thought of it because of how the triangles radiating out from one point reminded me of an explosion, but it's perfect because it's also what this quilt is made from. What are scraps, if not quilt shrapnel!
That's my WIP, what are you working on this week? Head on over to WIP Wednesday to see what everyone else is up to.