I am so excited to finally be able to share this quilt with you! I pattern tested the Triangle Transparency pattern for Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl:
I made this as a baby quilt for my friend Alexis, who is currently a week overdue with her second. So when Yvonne asked if I was interested in pattern testing I decided it would be a perfect for this baby!
|Triangle Transparency quilting detail of a pebbled corner.|
I really wanted my friend Alexis to love this quilt, so I took her fabric shopping--all the fabric on the front are from Joann's. She chose all the purples and center marbled fabric, and I suggested the order, black background and teal binding (to coordinate with the teals in the marbled fabric).
|Triangle Transparency quilting detail.|
The quilt top came together so fast! I spent a total of 8 hours on the quilt top over three days. I was done with the backing and quilting within a week of starting! I love a fast pattern. My hours spent making the quilt top:
Cutting: 45 minutes
Marking & pinning squares to make HST: 30 minutes
Piecing, pressing and trimming HST: 2 hours
Piecing together the blocks: 4.5 hours
Joining blocks together: 15 minutes
Total time: 8 hours
|Triangle Transparency, piecing each quadrant took just over an hour, and finished at 30.5" square.|
It took a while to decide on what to use on the back, but finally I decided to use this fishy panel I'd been saving for a special baby quilt:
|Quilt back.--Sea Breeze panel by Amy Shaw, surrounded by Kona Cornflower.|
When it came to quilting it I had a lot of issues due to the thread--I used Superior Threads So Fine in the bobbin (the only thread I had in the right color), and mostly Aurifil on the top. But I fought with the tension constantly! I had to rip out an entire quadrant when the tension suddenly went bad without warning and I didn't realize it for a while.
|Really, really bad tension. Cue obscenities and the seam ripper.|
I'm not sure why I had so many issues with the thread, I don't remember having that many problems with Superior Threads before! When I tried using the So Fine in the top it was impossible to get the right tension on the top and bottom, so I switched to Aurifil and just had to accept that I couldn't get it to be perfect (and believe me I looked through my Aurifil threads for a similar blue to use in the bobbin many times).
|Quilting detail--poor tension, bobbin thread poking through. Better than those terrible eyelashes on the back!|
The other quilting issue I had was with the patterns I chose. I thought large pebbles would be perfect for the medium purple, but ended up hating the process! I don't like making regular sized pebbles (dime-sized), and it turns out I like making bigger ones even less (at least the size of a quarter).
|Quilting detail, pebbled corner (prewash).|
So I decided to do the pebbles on diagonal corners and then loops with hearts on the other diagonal corners.
|Quilting detail, loopy corner (prewash).|
In the end I love the way the quilting worked out and think it compliments the triangle pattern really well. It also adds a neat texture to the back!
|Quilt back quilting detail.|
|Quilt back center detail.|
I really enjoy this size of quilt, and think it will be perfect for a baby! The quilt top finished at 60" square. After quilting it was 58.5" square, and after the first wash it shrank to 55" square (I used Warm and Natural batting).
|Triangle Transparency quilt pattern.|
I think this pattern is very well written, and would be appropriate for a beginner. As an advanced quilter I found the pattern thorough yet simple, easy to read and really enjoyable to put together.
If you're interested in getting the Triangle Transparency pattern, it is on sale this week for only $6 in Yvonne's Craftsy, Etsy, and Payhip stores!
The other pattern testers made delightful versions of this quilt and are definitely worth checking out! Here are all the stops on the Triangle Transparency blog hop:
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