All Blue Woven Quilt from Patchwork Essentials
Monday, July 11, 2016
Happy Monday! I'm really excited to share one of my recent quilting finishes with you today! Earlier this year I was approached by Pat Roche, owner of Triangles on a Roll, asking if I'd be interested in trying out her products. Christina has been using and talking about triangles on a roll for years, and I had always wanted to try them. I had been thinking about what quilt I wanted to remake from Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle, so Pat's email was perfect timing!
Woven Quilt from Relative Scale Chapter. © 2015 Lauren Hunt for Lucky Spool Media.
I decided I would make the Woven quilt. This is one of my favorite designs in the book, and both half-square triangle sizes matched up with roll sizes. You can get half-square triangle rolls in eleven different sizes. Use the half-square triangle finished sizes provided with each quilt in the book to decide which size rolls you need!
They also make rolls for quarter-square triangles, flying geese, braids, and other triangles! Find them all here.
I recently reorganized all my quilting cotton fabrics and realized I have a very large stash of blues. In an effort to make a dent in my blue stash, I decided to make an all blue Woven quilt. I didn't have enough of any one fabric for the background, so I used low-volume light blues for the background, and navy blues for the "print" portion.
I needed one roll of each size to make my half-square triangles for this quilt. That kept things nice and simple. I wanted this quilt to be super scrappy, so I cut squares from my stacks, but it would have been a lot more efficient to cut strips (which is what the instructions say to do!). Next time I use the rolls I'll do that!
So how do you use Triangles on a Roll? They're basically rolls of foundation paper that you sew through and then trim down to size to make your half-square triangles. I pinned the paper to each pair of squares, then sewed on the marked lines through the paper. After that I cut around the outside lines as indicated. Finally I pulled off the papers and pressed. The half-square triangles are now the perfect size and ready to go.
After making lots and lots of half-square triangles for the quilts in my book, it was fun trying out a completely different piecing method. I enjoyed mixing it up, and I would definitely use the rolls again! I have some left of both sizes so I'll be able to make something else too.
Check out some of my other favorite half-square triangle and quilting tools here.
I tried really hard to have no two same prints touching each other when I pieced all the blocks together and I *think* I succeeded! It required a little block surgery since I found a couple when the top was already mostly pieced, but it was worth it.
Ta-da! When I first started this quilt I was unsure that I would have enough contrast throughout the quilt to really let the pattern shine. I almost ditched some of the more muted dark blues and the darker light blues. Thankfully, Jacey talked me out of it! I am so happy with the range of colors and pattern.
I sent this quilt and my Blockade Quilt to Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting for quilting. I love this Peacock Feathers pattern she had, this was my first time choosing it. I think it adds nice movement to the geometric design.
I pieced together a backing from navy yardage I had on hand, and bound it up in the same Luxe in Bloom print that I used for Amanda's quilt.
Melissa finished quilting my quilts right before I left for Ohio last month, so I asked her to ship them to my parent's house. I was able to bind and photograph both quilts while I was home. There was no shortage of helpers and testers around!
I know the last quilt I finished is usually my favorite, but I really love this one. This is my first monochromatic quilt and I think I'd like to make more. I wish it had eaten up more of my blue stash, but I did use up a total of 11.5 yards making this quilt! I used so many different fabrics, including some precious hoarded ones. It's fun to see many years of fabrics mixing together in one quilt. Yay for stash diving!
Pick up a copy of Patchwork Essentials here.