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« on: May 27, 2014 02:06:06 PM »



I know I have this reputation for having terrible corners on my quilts.  It come from the many verses of "Corners Don't Meet and I Don't Care" that I have hummed around here.  And it is true that my corners are not perfect and I do cut off points.  It is also true that I don't let it bother me.  It is even true on occasion that I go all Liberated Quilter and don't even try to make my corners work out. 

But the real truth is that I am always working hard to improve my technique.  I truly believe that if you want your quilt to last it needs to have solid construction techniques.  And I truly believe that all of us can learn new and better ways to put our quilts together to make sure that our final products are the best they can be.  That doesn't mean they have to be perfect.  It doesn't mean our corners have to match.  It means we are always doing our best and trying to do better.  The rest of the saying "finish it up and move on, dearie" is "learn from this one and make the next one better". 

Having said that, would you get a load of the corners in the first picture!?!  How cool is that?  Amazingly more of the corners on this quilt match than don't.  I attribute that to the use of triangles. 



I never would have thought that triangles would be easy to stitch together.  I bought the ruler.  I can't use it to cut them out.  I can use it to trace the lines and then cut with scissors, which is what I did for all of the pieces on this quilt. Trying to use the ruler and rotary cutter almost defeated me.  Tracing and cutting with scissors... no biggie.



The amazing thing was how easy the triangles went together.  Much easier than HST or QST blocks.  Just line up the corners and sew.  Thanks to Mouse in my Pocket, I quickly learned to press the seams open and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way.  I do lower my stitch length a lot when I know I am going to iron the seams open.  I think it makes for a sturdier finished product. 

The final quilt measures 38 x 45 inches.  It is machine quilted with a walking foot following the seam lines.  The batting is cotton and the binding is hand stitched.

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2014 03:49:24 PM »

Turned out beautifully!
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2014 04:03:48 PM »

I think your corners look good...the entire quilt looks fun and interesting...

I agree...striving for improvement is a good thing, but not the only thing...someone has a beautiful quilt to cherish because you finished! Grin

Is there a pattern link?
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2014 05:01:40 AM »

Those corners are amazingly neat.  Well done. But the whole quilt is actually  lovely.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2014 08:02:01 AM »

Thanks.  Always... I will try to write something up.  It is just the triangle ruler. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2014 11:35:20 AM »

oh--I bet I can figure it out...I actually have a few rulers that I have yet to try! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2014 02:43:18 AM »

It looks fab, and yay for well-behaved corners - triangle quilts are a lot of fun, I think.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2014 12:40:37 PM »

That looks great!  I used to sing the same song about corners, but I'm getting better  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2014 10:36:26 PM »

i love this!
i've been looking at triangle quilts on pinterest latelty, just to try something new...
and now seeing yours, i will absolutely give it a go.
i have corner issues as well... and this is gives me the push to keep on keepin' on and get better.
your quilting is fantastic as well Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2014 10:48:39 PM »

Thanks all. Go for it Emi. I was surprised at how well it went together. Triangles are different.
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