Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Triangles on Parade - Photo Fest

Just warning you upfront, lots of gratuitous photos of my latest finish, Triangle on Parade. This is my favorite quilt so far, I just wish it were a bit bigger to actually fit on our bed. Ideally it's best for a twin bed, (possibly a double/full), coming in at 73" x 77.5."


I had a heck of a time trying to quilt the middle of the quilt on my sewing machine. My Baby Lock Symphony is specifically made for quilting and has a large extension table and an 8-inch throat space but it was still a challenge. I ended up ordering a Supreme Slider which helped a bit but I look forward to the day when we replace our dining room table as I intend to convert that into a drop-in table for my sewing machine.

You'll have to forgive the fact that I'm holding it sideways (I couldn't see from the back!)

Despite my final design plan to quilt the top with the orange peel design in the main triangle sections, I really wish I would have gone with my original plan to echo a quarter inch. Free motion quilting those peels were actually a bit harder than I anticipated. It was especially hard keeping the lines smooth while fighting the weight of the quilt. Here's a close-up of some of the better ones:


I decided to go with my original echo plan in the triangles that are on the side borders and I really like how they turned out:


I've gotten really comfortable with quilting swirls. They've always been a favorite of mine. I love how they make the negative triangles pop.


I almost like the back more than the front. I fell in love with this turquoise pin dot fabric from Michael Miller. Since I had more leftover triangles I added a strip of them to the back as well. I even went as far as to line up this row with a row from the front so that it would get the same orange peel quilting on it. It didn't line up 100% perfectly but that's okay.


For the binding, I had envisioned a celery green solid but I couldn't find anything at the quilt shop that is closest to me. I didn't want to make a 40 minute trip to one of the other shops, so I opted for Moda's marble dots in a brighter shade of green.

I still need to add this cute little label on the back. Yet another leftover triangle - can you believe that I still have more?! I made it on a whim before the quilt top was even basted.

Picture taken before quilting was started.

Instead of using a fabric pen to write the details, I'm going to hand embroider it, sometime this week hopefully. I'm not one for hand-sewing but I like the look of the hand-sewn labels.

Okay, if you've stayed with me this long I guess a few more photos aren't going to bother you. This was my first time quilting straight line squiggles (okay, that's an oxymoron if ever I heard one, but not sure what else to call it). I really enjoyed them and they really add some nice texture. I'll definitely be using these again.


Lastly, this just makes me want to sit down, get cozy, and watch the sun set. Never mind that it was practically 90 degrees today.


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30 comments:

margaret said...

wonderful can see why you love this one so much, like the variety of quilting you have done and love the green binding, the backing too is a wonderful colour all in all a lovely quilt

Deb A said...

Awesome! I just love your quilt and the way you quilted it. I never thought of orange peels around the edges - great idea. I too have issues quilting big quilt on my little domestic machine - the middles are the worst. You did a great job.

Margaret said...

Thats a very happy looking quilt. It's such fun to finish something and be in love with it!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

What a fantastic finish! I like the FMQing you decided for the sides. I really like the orange peel for the center of the quilt, but I know how hard it can be to keep smooth, continuous stitching in the middle of a quilt. The backing is so yummy with all the quilting texture, and I love how the unquilted triangles in the sashing pop out at you!

Lin's Quilts said...

It is a gorgeous quilt and you should be very proud of it.
Bloglovin' won't let me comment on your blog. I had to open it without bloglovin'. Annoying.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. I am very impressed you quilted it with a domestic machine. I made a triangle quilt when I first started quilting about 20 years ago, but it is probably time to try one again. Thanks for inspiring me!

Janet @ Simply Pieced said...

This turned out great and your quilting choices are perfect! Beautiful!

Shauna said...

Love it!!! The different FMQ really looks good. great job

Lorna McMahon said...

Such a brilliant job of quilting, Diana. This is such a beautiful quilt! Don't be too critical of your orange peel because I think it looks great and adds such a fun element to your parade! Bravo!

LA Paylor said...

oh you did such a good job! We have a king bed, so I absolutely must plan a quilt as you go design while making a top. Every bed quilt must be broken down into sections I can ram under the machine. Easy mostly.
LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Kathi Riemer said...

Your quilting is marvelous!! Pinned!

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

Fantastic Finish! You made most excellent choices and it all came together so well. Congratulations!

DeborahGun said...

what a brilliant finish. It is beautiful and your quilting is amazing.

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

This came out so beautiful!!! Love the quilting you chose....I haven't really tried the swirls on a quilt yet, but I have tried the orange peel....yes, harder than I thought too! Yours looks perfect. Stunning finish:)

Quilt Musings said...

This turned out spectacularly! All of that 'struggle' in the end was totally worth it! What a beautiful quilt :)

pinsandneedles said...

Delightful quilt! Love a good triangle quilt and the quilting is great!

SewCraftyJenn said...

Wonderful finish. I love it!

Micki @ 2 Dogs Studio said...

Awesome...turned out great.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Love it! Bring on more photos!
You are inspiring me to be brave and try some more ambitious quilting on my tiny wall-hanging. I always freak out at the quilting stage.
I know the orange peel effect was a pain, but I really do like the way it looks.

Patch the Giraffe said...

Ok your email makes even more sense seeing the pattern on the quilt! Although I am still intimidated by how perfect they look. Great job :)

KatieQ said...

The quilt is beautiful and I love the quilting. The orange peels are perfect.

Amy @ Amy's FMQ Adventures said...

Great quilt and I love the swirls with the triangles in the negative space. Very creative. Glad you shared on my blog.

Joanna @ Riddle and {Whimsy} said...

It came out so great, well done! I tried orange peel quilting once but it looked more like banana peels so I haven't tried again :) I've seen a tutorial around that shows how you can do orange peels with a walking foot, so maybe I'll give that a go instead... love your swirls too!

Katelyn @ Sing While Crafting said...

I love your quilting! The white triangles (negative space) with in the swirls is amazing!

Myra said...

Your quilt is delightful! Stopping by from My Quilt Infatuation's Linky Party.

Kate Yates said...

I love the back too! The quilting looks great, and I am envious of your triangles. I like how you added sashing in between the triangles.

katyquilts said...

This is gorgeous! I love your quilting. Just beautiful.

Carol said...

That is very fun and your quilting looks great -- even the orange peels. :) It all looks good to me. I have been wanting to make a triangle quilt -- thanks for sharing yours.

Muv said...

Hello Diana,

Your quilt is totally gorgeous - fantastic job! It is no easy task to do the FMQ at the centre of a large quilt.
It would be lovely to see your work at Free Motion Mavericks, the linky on my blog.

Love from England, Muv

Muv said...

Hello again Diana,

Thank you for linking up!

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