Monday, February 11, 2013

Design Wall Monday

I've finished piecing my February UFO.  It's a Buck-a-Block project using Thangles triangle paper.  This quilt is Series #3 from 2006 -- more proof that fabric doesn't go bad with time!  I don't know if Thangles paper is still available, their website hasn't been updated since July of 2012.

I started the Buck-a-Block project at Omega's Quilt Shop near my home in Colorado Springs.  Sadly, the shop closed before the project was complete.  At the store closing sale, I bought enough of the fabric to complete the blocks, but not the setting kit.  I had a setting pattern from the January/February 2007 Quiltmaker magazine, so I plugged the block into EQ7 and played around with some designs.

The main fabric is a Faye Burgos design for Marcus Brothers Textiles.  If you look closely at the blue fabric, you can see there is a bit of green and a bit of gold in addition to the red and blue:

The red fabric is a classic from Robert Kaufman called "Fusions."  It is still being printed, and it also comes in  a matching green and matching gold.  So I plugged gold and green into the EQ7 block and came up with this:

If the blocks are rotated, a secondary pinwheel pattern emerges:
I had three blocks left to make, but didn't want to use the Thangles.  I like to use the EZ Angle tool to make my half square triangles (HSTs).  I misread the size and made 44 HSTs that are too small for the blocks.

I thought to make the quilt with just nine blocks.  But when I realized I had enough of the blue fabric left to make the last three blocks, I went ahead and made them.  I decided to make the leftover HSTs into Flying Geese and use them in the border:

I finished the top with just enough blue fabric to make Susie's Magic Binding.  The quilt will finish at 46" X 58" -- a good lap sized quilt.

This is my 5th finish for 2013!  Next up is the April Jelly Roll Party sample!

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  1. Marti, I like your 5th finish of the year. Always nice to use all of something as in your blue fabric. The EZ Angle tool is the way to go for me too. Sandi

  2. Turned out well! Don't you hate it when you cut things the wrong size? Good use of them in the border though, nice save!

  3. as far as i know, thangles are still available! i used them to make my MIL a quilt not too long ago!

  4. I knew you'd find a spot for those hst's. Looking good.

  5. I like the EZ angle too. Bonnie has really stuck it to me- and it works!

    You always seem to save the day and have something up your sleeve! Way to go!

  6. I'm a new follower as of today and a very newbie quilter. But have sewn clothin g & stuff forever. Your quilting looks great. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com


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