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04-25-2014

Triangle QAL- Final Link Up!

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Final Link Up!

Okay you guys! Here it is….. the final week of the Triangle Quilt Along!

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited to see all of these quilts. I have already seen a few and they are Triangle-licious! It has been super fun getting to know so many fun and fabulous quilters too. I hope you guys have enjoyed quilting along with me….and I mean along with me! I am finishing up the quilting on my Sunnyside triangles this week myself. Keep Calm and Quilt On!

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What is up for grabs?

Two Grand Prizes- a $75.00 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop and $50.00 gift certificate to Cotton Bliss!!!

                                               

These are some good ones so good luck and keep pushing to get those quilts done! You can do it…how do I know that? because you are a quilter! A little determination and a needle & thread and you are unstoppable!

You will have until Saturday, May 3rd to link up your finished quilt….that’s right, I said finished:) After all….it isn’t a quilt until it’s quilted!

What you need to know!

•You must link up a photo of your finished quilt to THIS post.

Please make sure that if you are sharing in the Flickr group to link your Flickr photo to this post!!!!

Being in the Flickr group does not enter you in the grand prize drawing. You must come to this post and click on the blue “Add your link” button to officially link up your quilt. You have until Saturday, May 3rd at midnight/EST.

•Your quilt must be finished and quilted.

•2 Winners will be drawn randomly. No Quilt Police here so just enter and have fun.

•Winners will be announced on Monday, May 5th along with our Triangle Extravaganza where we show off these beauties!

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If you haven’t yet…enter this weeks giveaway from Cotton Bliss HERE for a chance at 10 FQ’s of Mirabelle!

Please, if you have any trouble at all please email me and I will help you link up your quilt photo.  Just email me your photo and I will get it in the link up! I am happy to help:)

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04-04-2014

Triangle QAL- Piecing Rows

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Week 3

Piecing Your Triangle Rows

Time to get stitching this week ladies! So excited for this part, you really start to get a feel for the quilt. If you didn’t get to link up your pic, no worries! That is just for the prize drawing. Do continue making your quilt and try for next weeks link up! Wanna know who won last weeks prize???

Congratulations to Alida @ tweloquilting.blogspot.com!

This weeks sponsors and prizes are….

$25.00 gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics!

and a  Swirly Girls Designs pattern!

The first thing you are going to need to do is layout your triangles. A design wall is great, but the floor works just as good…..or just go random and let if flow!

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Important things to know when doing your layout:

Alternate how your rows start. Row 1 will start with the first triangle pointing up and Row 2 will start with the first triangle pointing downward. This gives the quilt a zig zag edge, we will trim the edge square at the end.

You will have 17 triangles in each row and 12 rows.

Triangles are STRETCHY!!! Do not man handle these pieces and let them flow through your machine with out pushing or pulling.

Pins are your friend….but you don’t have to:)

Use a consistent 1/4″ seam! A quarter inch foot for your machine would be helpful.

Once you have your layout you are ready to start sewing. Here are some step by step pics for piecing your triangles together.

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Layout your first two triangles of Row 1, The first should have the blunt tip pointing up. The second, should have the blunt tip pointing down.

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Flip them together with right sides facing. Make sure all three points are lined up and not just the two you on the side you are piecing.

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Pin along the side you will be sewing on to add stability to your pieces. Then sew a 1/4″ seam, be consistent.

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If your seam is correct your line of stitches should land right where your trimmed tip and the other corner come together.

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Gently press open and use an up/down motion rather than side to side….remember, stretchy!

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Layout your next pair.

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Flip these right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam.

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Your tips will line up on one end and the other will have the 1/4″ tip beyond the triangle. This makes a “V” shape where your sewing line should start. If one end is not lining up properly…you probably have the other wrong.

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Gently press open and keep working your way down the row. I like to press my seams closed and to the side, but you can press seams open if you like.

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When you are done you should have 1/4″ of fabric past each point along your row of triangles. This means you will have enough room for your seam allowance when joining rows. Check for this each time you press open your piecing to make sure.

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For demonstration purposes this is smaller than the entire quilt, but notice how much it shrinks! Remember 17 triangles in each row and 12 rows! Be careful not to flip flop these numbers:)

Handle your rows with care:) Once again….they are very stretchy at this stage so be gentle and store flat.

Also, don’t forget this weeks GIVEAWAY for a sewing machine cover kit from Fort Worth Fabric Studios! (If you had trouble entering this week the link has been fixed! So sorry for the trouble leaving comments…server error.)  You can enter by clicking HERE!

So get to piecing those triangles and link up your pic by midnight/EST on April 10th!

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03-21-2014

Triangle QAL- Sign-ups and Fabric Selection!

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Week 1

Fabric Selection and Official Sign-up!

Here we are! The Triangle Quilt Along has officially begun. I am excited to get my triangle mojo going again and quilt along with you guys.

First things first! Let’s review how this QAL(quilt-a-long) will work.

Each week(on Friday) I will post the weeks assignment, this week: fabric selections and sign-up. The post will go up on Friday and you will then have until the following Thurday at midnight EST to link up a pic of your progress for the week. A winner for each weeks prize will be drawn randomly and shared in the following weeks post. Keep the time zone in mind for link-up deadlines:)

Worried or nervous about linking up your pic? Please email me if you have any questions and I will do my best to walk you through it. Come back tomorrow for a post on how to link up your picture for those who need it:) I will show you how to navigate from Flickr too. I know some are using it for the first time.

So do you wanna see what fabrics I am using?

Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda!

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I actually had a layer cake I wanted to use for this one. So I am just cutting as many as I can out of it(3 per 10″square) and filling in with some matching solids. Our total amount of triangles will be 204 if you are trying to make something like this work too.

If you have forgotten the fabric requirements…visit the Triangle Quilt Along homepage HERE or on the menu bar for all the info you need to quilt along.

Just for fun I want to review some things I have shared earlier that you just might need to know about triangles…

There are two types of triangles you see when quilting- Equilateral and Isosceles.

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Isosceles Triangle Quilt by Ashley@MommybyDayCrafterbyNight.

Now you got to go back to your math/geometry vault on this one. Equilateral triangles have equal sides and are called 60 degree triangles in the quilt world…well, in all the worlds actually. Isosceles triangles have to have two equal sides and are more like 45 degree triangles to quilters. Think short and stumpy(equilateral) and long and lean(isosceles).

What makes people think twice about making a triangle quilt?

A. They are pointy…and we all know it can be tricky keeping all those in our quilt projects:)

B. When cutting out triangles, because of the diagonal lines, you now have the issue of bias to deal with.

Bias is not so bad, it just makes the fabric stretchy and as long as you know that and handle it a little more gently, you will do just fine! Hey, sometimes bias works in our favor. It lets us fudge those points a little if we need to and is great when working with all things curvy.

Want to go ahead and start getting your fabric ready?

Press and Starch all your fabrics. To help with bias I recommend a heavy starch. This will keep things stiff and not so stretchy!

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I like to use Best Press! If you are not a starch lover…that is okay too:)

Official Sign-up!

All you have to do to sign up is comment and tell me you are in! No fee or anything special you have to do. Just join in the triangle fun:)

Don’t think you have enough time?

Make a smaller quilt if you like, even make a mini!

If you already commented and told me you will be participating then I have got your name on the list, but feel free to say hello!

This weeks Prize and Sponsor!

$25.00 gift certificate to Cotton Bliss!

Stefanie has some amazing new lines in…so go check them out so you know what to buy when you win! Through today she is having a great sale up to 30% off on all fabrics and precuts.

and…

A Swirly Girls Design pattern!

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03-19-2014

Triangles, Triangles, Triangles

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This Friday is the big launch of my first Quilt Along and I am so excited!!! A big thanks to everyone who has already thrown their name in the hat for this one(air hugs coming your way!). I can’t wait to quilt along with this fantastic group of quilters:)

Is it just me or have you guys noticed triangles everywhere! This may be like when you get a car and you all of a sudden notice the same one everywhere:) Ever since I made my triangle quilt I have been obsessed with all things triangle. Seeing them around every corner and loving all the triangle projects I spot, even adding them to my Pinterest board> Triangles, Triangles, Triangles. I started this board before my project so I could work up the nerve to make one myself. Something about those pointy little things is scary to quilters who haven’t yet taken the plunge:)

Check out all the places these gorgeous triangles are showing up….

Tiny Triangle Lariat Necklace - Dainty Little Triangle Shape Charm, gold jewelry, lariat necklace, gift for, wedding jewelry, bridal

Tiny Triangle Lariat necklace @ The Lovely Raindrop on Etsy

 Click on the pictures if you want more info on these cool finds!

Vintage Diamond Unique Triangle Engagement Ring 14kt Yellow Gold

Vintage Diamond Unique Triangle Engagement Ring in 14kt Yellow Gold @ baffy21 on Etsy

 

Triangle Pattern Nails @ Chalkboardnails.com

 I pinned a tutorial on how to do these if anyone dares….HERE.

Pastel Triangles Watch

Pastel Triangles Watch by Leif @ leifshop.com

 

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Triangle Geometric Wall Clock @ MonochromeStudio on Etsy

Yep! They are everywhere:)

Triangles and all things geometric seem to be popular right now so for all of you joining in the Triangle Quilt Along…who knew we were so trendy!

See you guys on Friday! If you haven’t yet…please join the Flickr group to share your pics and progress. You can link to these pictures for the prizes each week or if you are not a Flickr fan…you can link along the way to a blog post, FB, or any other website/social media where you can share your pic! I have created a Triangle Quilt Along, Pinterest board too HERE if you want to follow.

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02-14-2014

Triangle Quilt Along!

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I am so excited to launch my first Quilt Along here at The Sassy Quilter!

Do you remember this quilt…

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Lots of you said you really wanted to make a triangle quilt, but just haven’t yet…so, here is your chance:) I’m calling it the Triangle Quilt Along and I have rounded up some awesome sponsors and prizes!

Our Sponsors!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

It will be a five week process with weekly link ups to share your pics for a chance at prizes, with an awesome Grand Prize at the end with our Triangle Extravaganza!

I want to encourage everyone to join in because you are going to be surprised how easy this quilt is and it not too big so you will have no problem keeping up!!! Remember there are no blocks in a triangle quilt so once you cut them out….you just piece your rows and join them…Easy!

Here is a coloring sheet you can print to help you visualize your quilt.

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Finished size = 49.5″ x 65″

The winners will be drawn randomly so don’t panic thinking you will never get those points to line up just right. Participation is all that’s required. I will be starting a Flickr group to share your pic and progress and you can link to those. Flickr is free so sign up! If you can’t do that, then email me here: thesassyquilter@gmail.com and I will help you figure it out or even link it up for you:)

When do we start?

Not until March 21st! So you have got plenty of time to get your thoughts and fabrics together.

Schedule

Triangle Quilt Along Announcement and Fabric Requirements- February 14

Official Sign-up and Share Fabric Selection- Week 1, March 21

Cutting- Week 2, March 28

Piecing Rows- Week 3, April 4

Joining Rows- Week 4, April 11

Break week! Giving you some quilting time here:) April 18

Triangle Extravaganza! Week 5, April 25

How much fabric will you need?(go ahead and get these picked out)

Triangles = 1/3 yd cuts of 13 different fabrics. I used 10 prints and 3 solids. You can use as much or as little variety as you like. Just get larger cuts of the same fabric if you want less fabrics in your quilt. For example: You may get 2/3 yds of a particular fabric you want more of and then get only 12 different fabrics. I will warn you that you need exactly 1/3 yd of each, so if you want to be on the safe side you can get 1/2 yd and you will have some extra to add to your scrap bins! As long as your cuts of fabric are generous and give you room to square up the edge, you will be fine. If you want to use Fat Quarters, that would be two of each of the 13 fabrics, 26 in total!

Binding = 1/2 yd

Backing = 3 yds

Do I need a special ruler?

It will be super easy if you use a 60 degree equilateral triangle ruler! It will need to cut a 6″ triangle and that little blunt tip is a life saver. You can find one from Creative Grids HERE, but I will show you how to cut one with your regular rulers too.

Please ask if you have any questions about picking your fabrics!!! I can help with calculations if this is confusing to any beginners…or anyone else:) This is a throw size quilt, if you want to go smaller or larger…we can figure out that too!

Let’s make this fun and get inspired by each other! I would LOVE your support:) Leave a comment letting me know if you are joining in!

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01-20-2014

Triangle Quilt

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Triangle Quilt- 49.5″ x 65″

My Triangle Quilt is finally finished and bound! This one was fun to quilt too…lots of straight lines makes it simpler:)

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The fabrics are Simply Style and Boho Girl.  I also threw in some solids to break it up.

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If you want to know more info on how I cut and pieced this Triangle Quilt, visit my previous posts HERE and HERE.

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I loved this fun paisley for the backing. I like the back of a quilt to be extra sassy!

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I quilted it using a 50wt. Aurifil thread in lime from the Simplify collection. I am so in love with these threads!!! I used a navy for the binding.

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You can get this set at Cotton Bliss HERE!

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HERE is the tutorial I used to machine bind this quilt.

 

P.S. Have you checked out Gotcha Covered Quilting?

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Here is their Etsy shop with lots and lots of great fabrics to start off your new year and new projects!

 

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10-22-2013

Design Wall in action!

Design Wall in action

Finished up my Triangle quilt top this weekend and put my new design wall into action. This thing was a life saver and I have no idea why I waited so long to make one! Here is the tutorial on how to make your own Design Wall that I shared earlier. Easy and cheap people:)

The fabrics are Simply Style by V&Co. just the blue and green shades though. Can’t wait to get this sandwiched and quilted. If you know me, it may take a while to get that done:) I like to save up a few and have a sandwiching party.

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What to know about these triangles….wayyyy  stretchy. I wish I had starched my fabric before I cut it instead of after cutting the triangle. A little over anxious to get started on this one. Better late than never!

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I have already started my next project which was inspired by Kelly@MyQuiltInfatuation. She used a double slice quilt pattern and said it was quick and I was looking for just that. Here are the gorgeous fabrics I ordered from Moona Fabrics on Etsy. Piper by Dear Stella is the fabric line. Love, love , love these and they weren’t easy to find(been out a while). Sue@Moona Fabrics was so quick to answer my questions and help me get the bundle I was looking for… and they arrived lickety-split! You guys should definitely go and check them out here. Lots of yummy fabrics over there and Sue is kind enough to offer us a coupon code for free shipping on domestic orders over $30! Expires 11/1/13 so you better snap it up quick!

Design Wall in action

Design Wall in action

Moona Fabrics has more of this line(Piper by Dear Stella), Lucky Girl by Jennifer Paganelli, Lottie Da by Heather Bailey,  and many others . . .

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so visit Sue at her online shop here!

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