Completed: Ombre equilateral triangle quilt

180407_3When Vannessa Christenson from V and co. released her first fabric collections for Moda, I was intrigued by the ombre fabrics in her lines, so I bought a yard of each of the 7 colourways. It took a while before I dared cut into them.

For my first quilt with these fabrics I used chartreuse, plum, blue, orange and grey and combined these with 2 flowery prints from my stash that I thought fit with these colours.

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Front, quilted but unbound.

I cut a whole bunch of equilateral triangles from each fabric using an equilateral triangle ruler (really, if you want to make something like this get yourself a dedicated ruler, it makes your life at least ten times easier). At first I just threw the triangles onto my design wall and didn’t really like it that much because it seemed a bit too messy. When I placed them in a diagonal dark to light gradient I started to like it a whole lot more and cut even more triangles to achieve the effect that I was after.

The assembly of this quilt was no walk in the park. I had to unrip it several times because I realized I had made some mistakes in the layout, certainly learning a lesson about being a bit more patient when I am making something and letting the design sink in first before I run to my sewing machine.

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Can you spot the differences with the final lay out that you can see in the next picture? Do you also see that the left part is already pieced here?

Unripping is not something I enjoy so this caused some quite extensive delays. I knew I had to do it because the mistakes bothered me too much but I kept putting it off. The unripping probably also caused some of the triangles to stretch out a bit because in some parts it became quite difficult to match the corners.

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The sun was a bit too harsh when we took pictures of the finished quilt.

For the back I kept the piecing a bit simpler. I didn’t have anything in my stash big enough that I liked, but I still had quite a bit of the ombre fabrics left and decided to make a jelly roll race quilt. Instead of cutting 2.5’’ strips I cut mine 3’’. It turned out slightly too small so I added a strip to the bottom and top to make it tall enough.

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Back, quilted but unbound. The quilting lines are easier to see on the back.

Batting is Hobbs Tuscany Wool/Cotton blend and I quilted it with a light and dark grey Gütermann Sulky thread following some of the patterns that I saw in the design. I quite like how this turned out. For the binding I used a light grey fabric with a subtle print.

It took a while to get this quilt done but I am glad I persevered. It has already been given to a sweet little girl.

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May 19, 2018

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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10 Comments

  1. katechiconi

    It has been a double-value quilt: someone has a lovely quilt to enjoy, and you learned some useful quiltmaking lessons, by the sound of it! I like the shading in the finish design very much.

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! I now wait a lot longer before I start piecing, that’s for sure…

      Reply
  2. knitnkwilt

    Nice! Adding the print was a good idea. Not sure I have the patience for matching equilateral triangles, but maybe. I do like the look.

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    • Emmely

      The ruler made it a lot easier to match them. It’s not completely shaped as a triangle but in the corners yiu cut off a little corner that takes away the guess work.

      Reply
  3. dezertsuz

    I would have had a hard time giving that one away. I like the backing you made for it. I’ll be honest, I can see that the two pics are different, but I can’t see that the first one has any wrong things in it. It’s a great design, and I like the quilting, too.

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    • Emmely

      It was made to give away so that makes it easier. The differences are subtle which is probably why I didn’t notice them before I started piecing but the order of the fabrics in the diagonal columns is now the same in each of the columns.

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  4. Joy

    I LOVE it! And the strips on the back are similar to a top pattern I’m currently working on. I love this colour pattern so much. I think I’m insipired…. we must have similar taste since you keep doing this to me. 😂💕

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! The jelly roll race is quite fun to do. So difficult to predict how it will turn out.

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! I am happy how it turned out 🙂

      Reply

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