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February 28, 2019
Easy Double Split Rectangle from Road Home Quilting

Say you want to make a Double Split Rectangle. For example, 2.5"x4.5".

Add 1/2" to the length and cut one Base = 2.5"x5 (blue)
Add 1" to the length and cut two Wings = 2.5" x 5.5" (pink, A & B)
[Full disclosure: I'm adding 1/4" width, just for fudge room. Although it hasn't proved necessary in testing.]

On top end of Base, mark center. And marks 1/4" on each side of center.
On bottom end of Base, mark 1/4" from each side.

Press under 1/4" of ...

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January 21, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: modern triangles from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Not just modern. Not just triangles. Modern triangles! 


To the Point Boys Quilt #quilt #triangle #boys #orange #blue #grey #limeMary Keasler - Triangle series #12 Like the machine quilting on this - very complimentary for HST

Modern quilt

rose+twill : caitlin on Instagram: “Just a few things I'm bringing to Thrifters+Drifters this Sunday! Be sure to check out @thriftersdrifters to see all of the other amazing…”


TGIFF! - Colour Pop! - I love the way the colors progressDare collection half square triangle quilt | Pat Bravo

Triangle strip quilt

All of these and over 8,000 more quilts are on my "heart, quilts" board. By all means, do visit!

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January 12, 2019
New projects: "Daybreak" and "Staying Grounded" from Elaine Adair Pieces

This project is from Bonnie Hunter's newest book, String Frenzy (the one with cheddar and strings on the cover).  I LOVE it but chose not to use strings in the sashings.   She calls the quilt "Daybreak".  I still need to come up with border ideas.  These blocks are  9 in. finished.  Despite the many small pieces, it went together quickly. 

Most of the fabrics in both these quilts were from a gift scrap box from my LQS .  I added a few here and there, but FORCING (almost) myself to use the box contents actually kept me more focused than ...

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January 11, 2019
Triangle Table Runner Quilts | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished {or Not!} Friday where you can share what you're working on and see what others have been making!

My Finish is two triangle table runners!  I'm still featuring finishes from last year's 70 quilts.  There just aren't enough Fridays to show them all in one year without doubling some up.  It's a good thing I took the month of December off from quilting and won't have any fresh finishes for a few weeks!

The quilts are quilted with different designs; one is a flame design, the other is diagonal plaid bias ...

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January 6, 2019
String Along - A Top is Born from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

After sewing ninety of the 6 1/2 inch string blocks, it was time to decide on a layout and just go with it.  I really liked the Four-patch that I had auditioned with the four similar blocks. So, I decided to use it as part of the design.  It is the only part that is different from the diagonal layout of the quilt.

I really love the way it looks.  There are so many different fabrics with only a few that repeat in a fairly consistent manner.

One fabric that is only in the quilt once showed up in ...

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December 18, 2018
Strip Quilt Secrets, technique 2 from Butterfly Threads

The second technique in my new book STRIP QUILT SECRETS is all about how to make triangles from strips. Once I learned this technique, I never looked back! I will NEVER make triangles from squares again. No trimming, no over sizing, no waste...what's not to love about that?

This fun little quilt has a secondary design where the pieced sashing meets at the cornerstones. I love adding pieced sashing for just that reason. It's so much fun to create designs where the sashing meets between the blocks. You can see the nine patches in purple between ...

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November 1, 2018
Step 3 of Sew Your Stash Along from Butterfly Threads

Step 3 consists of 36 blocks that are 3'' and another round of sashing strips.

Cutting Instructions

Background Fabric- Cut 4 triangles from 3 1/2'' strips as shown
                                 OR cut 2 squares 4 1/4'' then cut them on the diagonal once
                                 Cut 144 triangles from 2'' strips as shown
                                 OR cut 72 squares 2 3/4'' then cut them on the diagonal once
Large triangles-        Cut 32 triangles from 3 1/2''strips as shown
                                 OR cut 16 squares 4 1/4'' then cut them on the diagonal once
Small triangles-       Cut 36 triangles from 2'' strips as ...

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October 27, 2018
And the winning name is... from Butterfly Threads

Candy Crossing

The winning name for the quilt was overwhelming. And while I loved every suggestion (some of you are really creative!) I said I would go with the winner, and CANDY CROSSING got over 50 per cent of the vote. So we didn't even need a run off! 

I've emailed the free pattern to each of the people who voted in the comments on this blog. However, there were almost a dozen of you who are 'no reply' commentors. Which means, I couldn't reply to you to send your free pattern! If you voted and didn ...

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September 12, 2018
Triangles for a little one from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

My modern triangle quilt is done and given to my little niece for her big-girl bed.  This quilt is so different from my usual, but it was fun to work on something different for a change.

My niece (her mother) showed me a photo of a triangle quilt that she found on Pinterest and sent it to me with a selection of colours for me to follow.  She knew that I would be adding my own twist to the mix.  Yep, I sure did.  The walls in my little niece's room are all painted different colours that are in ...

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September 4, 2018
Fifth Friday Fun Day at Tiny Stitches from Butterfly Threads

I had the joy of teaching the Fifth Friday Fun Day at Tiny Stitches last Friday. We were making this quilt and learning all about triangles. Including the good, the bad and the perfect points every time!

We were using this pattern from my book Scrap Quilt Secrets. We were sewing both this version and the version that uses only the large triangles that I prepared for the workshop. (shown in first photo)

It was a great day of sewing and fun. I loved seeing all of the different fabrics and colors become triangles, then rows of triangles, then quilts ...

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August 3, 2018
Stars on Strings--An Original Design from TheEclecticAbuela

This quilt began on graph paper. I have an EQ program, but I was defeated by triangles!

Stars on Strings--66" x 88"

I tried this more than once. My first experiment was to use regular, brightly-colored strings.

As you can see, the red stars are lost amidst the chaos!

I went to neutral strings which worked better to show off the stars.

Please forgive the camera strap in the corner!

 I stayed with this idea, though, for me, it was hard--I always want MORE COLOR!

The making wasn't too hard, though 60 degree triangles can be tricky to assemble ...

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July 11, 2018
Triangles top from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

It was a busy weekend for me and my sister.  Babysitting two young nieces/grandchildren.  They were good, but busy.  By the end of Monday evening, we were all tired.  Everyone was very happy to see the parents back home.  Everyone.  You know what I mean!  LOL

Anyway, the final applique triangles were sewn onto this top.  This top is done and I must get busy marking for machine quilting.  Just simple straight lines.  Nothing fancy.  A little girl will be moving to a big girl bed this summer and it would be nice for her to have her quilt ...

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July 9, 2018
Reckless and Unsupervised, Quilter Goes Rogue! Strippy Thousand Pyramids, Anyone? from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I Made Cute Little Triangles Out of Scraps!
The past few days have been more chaotic than anticipated, and we have company coming in from out of town on Friday so there's lots to get done in preparation for houseguests.  Those are my excuses.  Anyway, I found that I wanted to do a little "decompression sewing" just to hear the rhythmic stitching of my sewing room and touch all the pretty fabrics while my mind was wandering off in multiple directions.  That is not a good mindset for figuring out how to adjust the bottom pieced border for my ...

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May 20, 2018
These Renters Love Triangles! from Quilted Joy

I’m always talking about shapes here. Shapes are what make up the patterns of all quilts. Circles, squares, rectangles, even hexagons are used in quilting. These quilts are made up of triangles. Take a look!

Valerie's Sequoia Quilt. She quilted this at Quilted Joy!

The first quilt is from Valerie called “Sequoia”. She made it with colors of the University of Louisville for her son. It certainly is striking. She quilted it with an edge to edge pantograph called Airborne.

Valerie's Sequoia Quilt. She quilted this at Quilted Joy!

It has an open curvy feel like wind or clouds. Unfortunately, we no longer carry Airborne, but you should check out one of our new pantographs called Oh ...

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May 9, 2018
Triangle squares............ from Exuberant Color

I sewed another 28 triangle pairs together last night to make a total of 168.

They are 6" finished squares.  My original intention was to make a zig zag quilt with them.  The only question was whether to have matching fabrics together or make it all random.  No decision at this point.

Today at noon EST everyone can access my mini pop-up shop  at  Link to the pop up shop is at the top right corner of the page.  The shop will close at midnight EST on Sunday May 13.

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May 8, 2018
6 day pop-up shop.......... from Exuberant Color

Tonight I will be back to my TV time sewing.  I have 140 triangle pairs already sewn and 36 more ready to sew.  Then I'll press all of them too.  

My 6 day mini pop-up shop starts today at noon EST.  Everyone on the subscriber list will get an email with a password for a 24 hour early access to the shop.  If you haven't signed up yet but want to here is a link.  There is also a sign up box on my right sidebar.  The password is case sensitive....if it is in all CAPS that ...

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April 27, 2018
Piles of plaids............... from Exuberant Color

I had several little sessions of sewing time  yesterday (I have 140 pairs sewn right now) even though I spent a lot of time outside raking leaves and sweeping the dirt off the driveway.  I'm hoping for rain to wash the rest of the dirt off.  

I still have all of these light triangles leftover so I will cut more dark ones and probably make 2 throw size quilts  These are 6" finished so 120 squares made from 2 triangles will make a quilt 60" x 72".  I will count the light triangles today and see if I need ...

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April 26, 2018
Sewing triangles............. from Exuberant Color

I did some outside work yesterday, sweeping and hosing off the dirt on the driveway from the bushes removal.  I have to do a little more today on that.  Then I went out to the back garden and raked some more leaves.  I have one more spot left to rake.  It got up into the low 60s yesterday but is supposed to be a little warmer today so hopefully I will finish the job.  

Last night I started sewing plaid triangles into squares.  I will just use this project as my mindless sewing at night for awhile.
The art quilters ...

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April 24, 2018
Home from Texas from Butterfly Threads

I had such a nice time in Texas! The quilters of the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild of Beaumont were so delightful. I visited the week after their big quilt show so they were experiencing a bit of "quilt show hangover" as anyone who's put on a major quilt show knows how that feels! They were so kind and cheerful and fun to be around even though they were clearly exhausted.

I got to meet the one and only Anne, the creator of the Strip Stick, which I had just been demoing at Tiny Stitches during the Shop Hop. I ...

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April 17, 2018
Heading to Texas... from Butterfly Threads

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I'll be flying to Texas tomorrow and visiting the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild in Beaumont on Thursday, both the day and evening meetings. Then I'll be doing a workshop on Friday teaching curves. We will be making these two quilts.


Peppermint Pie

On Saturday, we will playing with triangles and a few applique options while we make this quilt.

Crazy Daisy

All of these quilts are found in my book Scrap Quilt Secrets.

Friday, April 209:00-3:30 - 
Saturday, April 219:00-3:00 - 
Crazy Daisy

To book a spot in these classes ...

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