Saturday, April 20, 2013

Triangles for Alexis

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I made this quilt for my new niece Alexis.  It looks huge compared to her tininess…but it’s a nice big size she can grow into a bit.   I used the 60 degree ruler by Creative Grids, and started with 6" strips and scraps.  In all honestly I don’t love sewing with triangles…but I always love the result!

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I love adding a really soft backing to baby quilts with a light batting that keeps the quilt warm but not stiff.  I used a little bit of basting spray and pins, then minimally quilted some lines 1/2" away from the seams. 

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My 3 year old helped me get photos of this quilt.  His cute little arms could barely hold the quilt up for one second before it got too heavy.

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So if you’re in need of a quilt-holder-upper… I’ve got the 3 year old for you…and I’m happy to lend him out.

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As long as you stay out of all social situations/grocery stores/Target/church/restaurants/gatherings and stock up on string cheese… he’ll do great.  ;)

I FINALLY updated my finished quilts page.  It took forever (ok not really).

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73 comments:

Kelly said...

It's absolutely beautiful!

Jen | Acts of Craftiness said...

I love it!

Triangle quilts are so pretty. I really need to make one.

Glinda ♥ said...

I'm not too keen on triangles either but what a stunning look, I may just have to get myself one of those rulers! Oh, and yes please, I'll hire that cute little helper from you :)

SuperMomNoCape said...

Your triangle quilt is so pretty.

Missy Shay said...

What a pretty quilt, I really like the colors.

allierae said...

Very pretty! And I'm happy to see you had much better weather at the tulip festival than we did a few weeks ago.

Aunt Spicy said...

Adore! And I love the color/fabric combinations! I am super excited, I just bought your suburbs pattern!

Atina AlGa said...

Gorgeous quilt! Too difficult for me to make though.

Sally said...

This is lovely! Lucky Alexis! One day I'll try something like this, but for now it's squares and blocks when I patchwork ;-)

Leigh Anne said...

Beautiful quilt!

I love this post for many reasons :) I have a 3 year old of my own whose name happens to be Alexis! And I've got a triangle quilt of my own in the works :)

Jeanette said...

Love the quilt, but I'm really amazed at the tulips! Mine are just up through the ground and I was thinking how great that was!! That field is in full bloom. What can I say, I live in Nova Scotia, the weather is very slowly warming up.

Neicee said...

I just love it..I am also put off by triangles. But I just finished a tumbler quilt and I feel maybe I could move on to trianges...Maybe...

Mimi said...

It's beautiful - I love the soft colours, perfect for a little girl! I really must give triangles a go again because it does look amazing!

Colleen said...

The pic of your three yo with tongue out and captin underneath gave me such a huge smile!

Jocelyn said...

It's beautiful! I love how your son's expression totally matches your advertisement for him! :)

Phyllis said...

So pretty, lovely colors!

Heather said...

Oh man, that quilt is so gorgeous! I would love to sew one of these, but I'm intimidated by the piecing and cutting. I still don't understand how you manage to work with minky on the back! The baby you made this for is a lucky girl!

Jilly said...

so pretty! I have my own lovely 3 yr old yo wrangle, thanks!

I'm presently using your hourglass tute to make a baby quilt and its coming together great! thanks for that!

Gerri said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I love your son's expression in the picture. He looks like a stinker!

Kim's Creations said...

I love your quilt! Quilting is on my to do list, it is a little intimidating. I would like to make a great big queen size but I will probably start with a baby quilt. Your blog is on my list of blogs, so I can keep getting inspired!

Carla said...

Very very sweet. Your scraps are pretty together.

Rosa said...

Simply beautiful!!

Marilyn said...

Love the triangle quilt--well worth the effort! Your gallery of finished quilts blew me away. Quite a body of work for one so young.

Jenny said...

It's absolutely beautiful. I would love to try backing with minky, but I'm so nervous to.

Rachel said...

Lovely!

annie said...

I LOVE the colors you choose for your quilts! You've got a great eye

jenni said...

That is the best picture I have seen of a 3 yr old in a long time!

Di~ said...

Love this baby quilt! Pinks are great. I still haven't dared use minkee.
(spell check won't let me use a y there...)

Peggy said...

Allison,

THREE? 3? How can that be? Seriously.... it hasn't been that long has it. Wow, I didn't realize I had been following your blog that long already. But then the fact that we have been here in Indiana for 3 years still surprises me too.

Love this quilt! In fact this afternoon once I am done "clearing" out my blog reader I am pulling out my sewing machine and doing some crazy quilting. Just sewing pieces together in whatever order I pick them up. It will be a spring throw for our bed (thankfully all the "scraps" coordinate nicely!)... a light little something for when we need a bit more over our feet.

Thank you so very much for sharing!

Jenny said...

Love, love, love it! The color combo of aqua, grey, coral and green is so pretty and sweet and fresh!

lindsey said...

Your 3 year old sounds like my 3 year old!!! Exhausting!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Your finished quilts page just blew me away. Your work awes me with its creativity and beauty. When do you find the time to do all that sewing !~!

The Gaertegang Homestead said...

It's lovely! I love your pic by all the tulips....they r my fav

Charity said...

This is beautiful! I love those fabrics, and the binding is perfect.

Lex said...

So,cute and girlie,and I'm partial to the name... As I share it

wish2stitch said...

Your quit looks so lovely and fresh in those colours. I love snuggly backings on quilts too. I'm sure she'll love it.

Cecilia said...

I love the look of your quilt and I really want to make one for myself. Your helper is cute too. :-). Thanks for sharing.

Seams Sew Together said...

Great idea with the minky on the back might have to try this.

the girlfriend gap said...

Beautiful ! Love the fabrics you used. Lucky baby girl:)
Thanks for the inspiration. Janita

Cindy said...

Beautiful quilt- love the colors! Your little guys are adorable!! I really need to try and make one of these! Thanks for sharing!

ktquilts said...

Such great colors!!! Simply beautiful!!!

Chris S said...

I just love this, so pretty! I want to make a triangle quilt so bad, I'm worried about piecing properly. Guess I need to look for some tutorials and just tackle one..

Terri in BC said...

Beautiful quilt and beautiful tulips! I had to check your "About" page, because the scenery in the tulip picture seemed so familiar. No wonder, I drove through that area today on my way back home to Canada! My family and I went to the zoo just south of Everett - very nice!

Sheila said...

Was the picture taken in Skagit Co, WA?

flotsam and jetsam said...

Love the triangles.

Carie said...

It's gorgeous, and all your triangle points line up! Do you have any top tips for triangles or is it just practice?

Jeneta said...

It's beautiful - what a lucky niece! I had a chuckle when I read your comments about your 3 year old - so funny!

Vanessa Swann said...

The quilt is beautiful! A dear friend of mine is going through a difficult divorce at the moment so I'm making her a quilt for her new life and what pattern has she chosen - triangles!!!! Wish me luck!!!

Vanessa Swann said...

The quilt is beautiful! A dear friend of mine is going through a difficult divorce at the moment so I'm making her a quilt for her new life and what pattern has she chosen - triangles!!!! Wish me luck!!!

Cottilello X said...

It's very sweet.
Cottilello x

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Love the softness of the colours and the backing. Beautiful quilt

craftprowler said...

this is one of my favorite posts of yours. you cover what you enjoyed about the quilt (the final product), what you didn't like (sewing triangles), and a little piece about your three-year-old to make the post more personal. it was a really sweet combination. i loved the photo at the end - the flowers make a great backdrop!

Julia said...

Nicely done! What type of batting exactly do you use for baby quilts. I made one and it turned out kinda stiff as I used my regular weight cotton batting. I'd love some advice!

Megan said...

Super gorgeous! I'm making a triangle quilt right now and it's not my favorite to sew together, either! I hope you have a great Monday!

Anne said...

A very sweet baby quilt. Looks soft and cozy. What type of light batting did you use? Love the look of your quilts age too. Is it hard to create the grid look of all the pictures? I really like it.

Kellie said...

Allison.... did you use batting in this one or just the minky backing? You drive me nuts cause every time I think I have found the next quilt pattern for my Natey... you then post something adorable that makes me second guess myself.... blah!

Anna said...

love the triangles and such pretty colors! I love quilts with soft backs, my kids won't touch ones without. And those tulips!!! seriously, send them my way.

Emarie21 said...

I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. The quilt is beautiful, the photo is priceless (our just turned 4 & 5 so I'm right there with you).
We've been buried under snow & more snow in MN. Your photos bring a sense of joy. Your quilts & blog are my inspiration for my venture into quilting. I've learned so much from your posts. Thank you!

life in red shoes said...

Love love love the quilt, just finished 2 for my new little grands, twins :)
Your little guy looks like he keeps you on your toes, such a cute family.
And the tulips! Are you in Washington?

Susan Jonsson said...

I thought the tulip fields looked familiar....I live in Kirkland, wa...Glad to know you live fairly close! Love your latest quilt...You inspired my first ever baby quilt...and now a second one. Thanks so much for all the sharing you do. I visit daily... I raised 2 very active boys....I am pretty sure I get how busy you are!

Susan

Arabella said...

Totoally gorgeous! I love this one! You always choose the best fabric combinations! Adorable kids too!

Arabella

Wanda said...

The quilt is so sweet. Just love the face in the photo!

Alex Duenkel said...

Simply beautiful, like everything you do!
Any special tricks to get those triangles lined up perfectly? I tried last night to piece two rows and they are a little wonky...
Thanks for sharing!

~Alex

LJ said...

I love the quilt and I love your pics with the tulips!

Helen L said...

Such a pretty quilt!! And I love your quilt photo helper: so cute!! And I love your comments about him: LOL!! Mine are too old to make noise in church (phew!!) I made a triangle quilt for my nephew about 3 yrs ago and seeing this one reminded me of it.

Helen L said...

I forgot to add: thanks for sharing your photo with the tulips: so pretty, and I love that you and the boys are in it.
Also, here's a link to the triangle quilt I made for my nephew:http://www.flickr.com/photos/70250262@N04/8676207308/in/photostream/
Seeing your triangle quilt for your niece reminded me of the one I made> Have a great week!!

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful quilt, I love triangles but haven't attempted them yet!

Your 3 y.o. looks like he is Mr Personality!! :-)

Sarah said...

The quilt is very pretty. So your three year old is the one being a dork in the pic? Sounds like a typical boy with typical dislikes, sitting still, being quiet! Bring on preschool!

Cindy said...

Love your triangle quilt.
I know where you are at the bottom picture.....LaConner. I miss living in the NW around the tulip festival season.

Unknown said...

When you joined your triangles, did you press the seams to one side before you added the next triangle?

Beautiful quilt. Beautiful family.
Linda

Allison said...

Hi Linda! No I didn't press after adding each triangle...I sewed the triangles into rows and then pressed.

Unknown said...

Hi Allison,
Maybe I am missing something. I am not having any trouble joining the triangles, however when the directions say to press the seams of each row in opposite directions, I have trouble. When I join the triangles to each other I am sewing over the previous seam at the point. I guess I just don't know which way to push the previous seam before I sew over. I think I need to practice more. Otherwise my points are coming out great and everything looks good. A little hard to explain. Thanks,
Linda

Allison said...

I know what you mean Linda...you will sew over the previous points...and I just slightly "pressed" them open with my fingers as I sewed. You can sew them together into pairs, then press the pairs, then sew them into rows that way if it's easier...and you might get nicer points that way too! :)

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