With the fabric selected for my Tribute to a Prince quilt, it’s time to move on to the next step: choosing the right triangle for the quilt.
Incidentally, I’m dealing with a hurt back this week and not doing much cutting or sewing. My assistant Susan has been coming over and cutting fabrics for me, so maybe tonight I can convince her to move my die cutter for me and help me start my purple Prince quilt.
Yesterday I had a purple rain of my own in the house. I was trying to grab something to eat out of the fridge, and a container of cabbage decided to come with it. As it fell, I considered whether trying to stop it would be a good idea, and my back said no.
On the upside, none of it got inside my shoes.
Back to the quilt. Incidentally, you know that I die cut everything, and I have a smorgasbord of equilateral triangle dies from which to choose for this project. I wasn’t 100% sure what sized equilateral triangle to try, so it’s a good thing I keep paper cutouts of my die shapes handy.
Since we’re working from fat quarters, I want to completely maximize the use of the fabric, so I have to consider how many triangles I can get across and how many rows of triangles I can cut. I chose the 5″ triangle from the Studio Bullseye Odd Triangles Set.
You can see that I can get about 6 triangles across and 3 rows deep for a total of 18 triangles. I normally cut strips from my fabric first before I use my dies, but I think since I’m working from fat quarters, I’m just going to keep it intact. When I actually start cutting I’ll show you photos of that process.
If you don’t have a die cutter (or a Studio for that matter) you can also use a 60-degree triangle ruler. This one is the Clearview Triangle ruler, and as you can see from this photo, if you were to cut a 5″ strip, you’d get exactly the same sized triangles as I am cutting. I’ll show you how to cut these later if you don’t know how to use this ruler.
And if you have the Creative Grids 60-degree ruler? Well, this one’s a little odd, because the ruler takes off the dog ear along the top, which makes the strip size a little different. But if you cut your strips at 5″ and just use the 5″ mark on this ruler, your triangle will be just slightly larger than mine. You should still be able to get 6 triangles across, but if you’re worried about it, use 4-3/4″ strips instead.
So that’s the skinny on choosing a size triangle! Note that in this case I’m not worried about the finished size of the triangle, because all my triangles will be the same size and it’s the only shape in my quilt. If I were trying to match this to diamonds or hexies or other shapes, I would care a lot more, because you have to pay attention to the finished size so you choose the right matching shape to cut.
And those “extra” strips that are left over from cutting, because a fat quarter is 18″ wide and I’m using approximately 15″? Well, my plan is to square those up, stitch the leftover ones together into sets of three, and then cut more triangles from these pieced strips. That’s not shown in my quilt sketch but it’s a great way to use up leftovers.
Incidentally, for those of you who ordered purple Tribute Fat Quarter Sets from me, Susan has been cutting those up and we’re just waiting for 2 colors to come in (Ballerina and Dahlia) to complete the set. They shipped yesterday so we expect them to come in Friday. We should be able to get orders out on Saturday.
I also should mention… I have more purple solids in my stash than what’s in the fat quarter collection; the idea is to supplement fabrics from your own stash if you want to make a bigger quilt. If you’re interested in some of these other colors I’ll try to get them listed next week in the shop.
I was at the quilt shop recently and found this pink & navy dot fabric on clearance. It kind of looked purple to me, so I thought, why not kill two birds? I need backing for my Prince quilt, and I love dots, so 8 yards should be sufficient.
Then I came home, and what usually happens? I find fabric that I already own that could be backing fabric. This fabric is circa 2007, so it’s definitely one of the older fabrics in my stash.
I guess that’s going in the backing too, which is great because it means I get to keep more of the other dot. Win win!