This is my first quilt - Tunnel Vision.
|Tunnel Vision close up|
When choosing my fabric I went for stripes with a bit of interest and not totally regular. I found I couldn't use my long ruler to cut my fabric. Stripes are not necessarily printed straight on the grain so I had to free-cut with my rotary cutter along the stripes - down the length of the fabric. In this case 3.7 metres. This did take time and lots of patience but the result was worth it.
The stripe repeat determined my 60 deg triangle size - in this case 8". I did find this size fiddly to handle. Placement of triangles was really quick. Sewing them together was tricky.
After lots of un picking I developed a formula that worked for me.
|Lay out triangles matching lines.|
|Start pinning from the block center point and on a flat surface. |
Ease fabric to line up your stripes.
|Quality of pins if important. The finer the pin - the flatter it sits in your fabric.|
The yellow pin is a standard quilters pin. The brown glass is the finer Clover quilters pins
which are my preference.
|Match up points and stripes, pin then sew.|
I also noticed that by using a small stitch length (1.8) and sewing slow, it helped prevent my stripes from moving away from each other.
Siren Song is my second piece.
|Triangle size approx. 4".|
If you double click on this photo you will see better detail.
|Quilting detail. I used various colours of thread to enhance|
My exploration of stripped fabric hasn't finished. I now have a collection of striped fabric waiting for me to chop. I will be trying out different shapes.