I have been working on triangles (inspiration came from Lady Havartine's log pyramid QAL) and have taken pictures of the steps involved in making a log cabin triangle. This is short and sweet but picture heavy. We all like looking at pictures right? Let's just jump right into this shall we? :)
First here is a picture of what the triangles will look like when they are finished:
|Oakshott cottons and Kaffe Fasset|
I am using the Creative Grids 12" 60 degree triangle ruler (LOVE)
First (and this is your first decision and the first place I'm not going to give you precise direction), decide how big to make your middle triangle. I have found, through trial and error, that a middle triangle somewhere between 3" and 4.5 inches generally look the best. I did one that had a 7" middle triangle (picture above on the left) and I think it is a little too large. I am making my middle triangles different sizes. If you made them all the same size, you could figure out the remaining strip sizes and could cut everything all at once. . . would be a HUGE time saver. Decide the middle triangle size and cut triangle.
Second, (yup, your second decision) decide how wide to cut the first 'log.' I have been cutting my middle strips between 3/4" to 3". . . My print strips are all different widths. Again, if you decided to make them all the same width, this would be an awesome candidate for chain piecing.
Now that you have your middle triangle cut, and have picked the width of your first log, sew the first log onto the middle triangle:
Iron the seam (I iron them open) and then trim the strip so the angle of the unsewn sides of the triangle is extended:
|Carefully line up the ruler along the edge of the middle triangle.|
|Trim both sides, now you are ready to sew on second strip.|
|Someone adept in mathematical things could tell you exactly how long the fabric strip needs to extend from the triangle... I just wing it :)|
|Repeat trimming of both sides of triangle for all three of the strips.|
|I made up the difference with a wider last strip. . . Not sure if this is going to make it into the front of the quilt . . . the more triangles I put up on the design wall, the less noticeable it is ;)|
|Add the second log, same as the first.|
|Make sure the MIDDLE solid line (not the dotted seam line) runs right through the point of the triangle.|
|Make sure the seam line is parallel to the lines on the ruler. This will ensure that your block doesn't end up looking wonky.|
I have 13 triangles made. I have not decided how wide or long I am making this quilt yet - hey, I told you I was flying by the seat of my pants! I am going to keep making blocks until I run out of material. That is my determining factor. . . I LOVE making these blocks and we all know I am not a pattern follower so this process fits me well. Here's a bad picture of what is on my design wall this morning:
|I've been kind of deciding on the colors for each block as I go, pulling from the stack of Oakshotts and Kaffe Fasset prints that I pulled for the quilt before I started.|
After taking pictures as I went and writing this up, I just want to send out a HUGE thank you out there to anyone who writes tutorials on their blogs - this has been time intensive and I did not go into great detail. Thanks to the ladies and gentlemen of blog land that share their knowledge freely on their blogs!! I have an even deeper appreciation for all of those tutorials out there!!
Linking up with Anything Goes Mondays being hosted by Valerie over at Val's Quilting Studio, Design Wall Monday over at Patchwork Times, Linky Tuesday with Connie over at Freemotion By the River, Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story, Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social and Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.
Until next time, keep on quilting!!