Diamonds in the Outback

Happy Friday! Today I finally have photos of this finished quilt! I loved this one from the start, but I must say, quilting has really changed it for the better. You may remember when I posted about this quilt top (here, if you’d like to take a look). It’s made out of fabrics from the Outback Wife collection by Cathi of gertrudemade. These fabrics are inspired by vintage barkcloths and have such a wonderful texture.

The fabric base is heavier than typical quilting cotton, so I knew from the start that this was one I wasn’t going to want to attempt to quilt on my own. I’ve had Rachel of Stitched in Color long arm quilt a couple of my other quilts, so when she announced that she was moving with her family overseas and had a couple spaces left for long arm quilting, I jumped at the chance to have her work on this one.

Once again, I let her take a look at the quilt top and give me her suggestion on a quilting pattern to complement, and once again, she nailed it with her first suggestion! This is crystal ball, quilted vertically, and I just love the way it looks on this quilt.

Just look at it on the mostly solid chambray backing!

I’m sad that I won’t be able to send any other quilts Rachel’s way, but luckily for those in Europe, she will soon be accepting quilts again. You can sign up to be notified when quilting services will be available.

I added an olive green solid for binding and ta da! It feels good to have this one finished! Thanks to Rachel for making that happen!

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rick rack

I’ve been wanting to show you this quilt for some time now! Finally the grass turned green and I was able to snap a few quick photos.

You all know I can’t resist me some Heather Ross, so of course I had to buy some of her new line, Trixie. I’m a total sucker for those strawberries! At the same time, I had purchased a vintage quilt on ebay with this kind of diamond shape, so I thought it would be fun to do my take on that vintage quilt.

These diamonds are larger than those in the vintage quilt I purchased, but similar in shape, in that the sides are not all the same length (does that make it a parallelogram rather than a rhombus?)

I had my fingers crossed that I’d actually be able to sew these together and have it all line up, so I was pleasantly surprised that it went together quite easily!

(ignore all those stray threads!)

At the last minute I decided to add to it to make it queen sized – I think it’ll make a perfect bed quilt for Hazel!

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Two Triangle – a block tutorial

This tutorial should hopefully be quick, as it’s a really simple block (one might wonder why it’s taken so long to write it then!) This block goes together easily and somewhat mindlessly and is a great chance to play around with color. I’ve made two quilts using this block – Ginger Lime Spritz and the one shown below, and I love both equally!

Try it with a different colored sashing (or even a patterned sashing paired with solids), add more or less white space, use printed fabrics for the triangles, sew a scrappy version… so many possibilities!

I’ll show you how to construct the block, then it’s just a matter of making a whole bunch more and sashing them with some skinny sashing.

A few notes:
*All seams are sewn with a 1/4″ seam allowance
*Block size is 6″ unfinished (please note that the block size could easily be adjusted up or down as you’d like!)
*Blocks are foundation pieced (because that’s my preference), but certainly could be made without the paper foundation
*I’m not providing fabric requirements, but to give you an idea, for my 63″ x 75″ quilt I used 1/4 yard cuts of 20 colored solids** plus about 2 1/2 yards of solid white.

[**I used a lot of different solids in this one to get a nice variety of shades, and had a lot left over which I used on the backing. My previous version of this quilt used about 12 different solids.]

Materials needed:
*fabric for sashing
*fabric for triangles (I used 1/4 yard cuts of 20 solids – see note above)
*paper for foundation piecing
*glue stick

For each block, cut a square of paper that measures 6″ square. From each of your fabrics for the triangles cut squares that measure 6 1/4″. Cut each 6 1/4″ square in half diagonally (2 different colored triangles needed for each block). From sashing, cut 1 1/2″ strips and then subcut into 9 1/2″ lengths (1 piece needed for each block). [additional sashing will be required later on once all your blocks are complete – see below for info on those sashing measurements]

On the paper square, use your ruler to draw a line diagonally through the center. Then move your ruler to either side and mark a line 3/4″ from the diagonal line (or just line up the 3/4″ markings on your ruler along the diagonal center line as I did above and skip drawing the center diagonal line).

Using a glue stick, adhere your sashing piece to the paper aligning the long sides with the markings you made 3/4″ from the center line, right side facing up (this will ensure your sashing is centered).

Take one triangle and line up the long edge (bias edge) with one side of your sashing strip, right sides together. Make sure it’s centered on the paper, so you have approximately the same amount of paper showing on each side. Reduce your stitch length (I adjust mine down from 2.5 to a 1.5), and sew along this edge.

Flip fabric to cover the paper area and finger press (or not, you’ll press the entire block at the end). Repeat for the other side.

Press block, ensuring that fabric covers the paper entirely.

Flip block over so paper faces up, and trim edges, using paper as a guide.

Remove paper pieces by folding along the stitch line and tearing off. The reduced stitch length will allow the paper to be removed easily.

Repeat until you have your desired number of blocks. Once blocks are complete, arrange into your desired layout. Insert a 1 1/2″ x 6″ strip of sashing fabric between each block along the horizontal row.

Once rows are sewn together, determine length and cut strips of sashing that measure 1 1/2″ x your length (you may have to piece these strips to make them long enough). Insert one sashing strip between each row and sew together.

And now, in case you want a simplified version, here’s a quick video Max took (please excuse the quality, he’s new to this!) of me making this block.

I hope you’ll enjoy making this one! Any questions? Let me know and I’ll try to answer! Feel free to tag your work with #twotriangleblock or #twotrianglequilt on IG so I can see it!

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