Sunday, April 14, 2013

Triangular fun

Last week I started a new project. It started with this mustard and grey bundle:


Primarily from Lotta Jansdotter's Echo, with a copule of other prints thrown in too.

I want to make placemats as a housewarming gift for my brother. Its long overdue - I should have made them 6 months ago! My brother is not into quilty stuff, so I decided to try and go for a minimalist, modern kind of style that would fit into his apartment. The Scandanavian feel of the Echo and the restricted palette works perfectly for what I had in mind.


I also discovered that I had an equilateral triangle cutting ruler in my sewing basket which I had totally forgotten about until just before Christmas. So it was quick work to cut the 3" triangles. I also wanted to make the placemats in a triangular shape. For no other reason than I thought it would be a bit different. So I added some white solid triangles and went for a random arrangement.


These came together very quickly for me and I soon had 2 done. Each with different fabric arrangements.


I slightly stalled after the first two - more to do with busy family weekend than anything else. I'm halfway through no 3 which was bundled into my sewing box mid way through sewing yesterday afternoon when baby woke up.


But I'm hopeful of getting this and the 4th one done this evening and then I need to decide how to quilt them. I could do a diagonal cross hatch, echoing the seams. Or I could do some type of concentric triangualar pattern. If any of you wise peeps have suggestions I would love to hear them. The one thing I want to be sure of is not to mess up the quilting, because this is the 2nd set of placemats I have made for him and the last lot were ruined by un-rescueable quilting mistakes!

Don't forget my destash giveaway for these FQs is closing this evening so make sure to enter here.


16 comments:

Carla said...

I love the triangles and what a gret idea for placemats. Those won't be "quilty" at all.

Sarah said...

they're gorgeous! massive too :-)

Leanne said...

I think the triangle idea is fun for placemats. I would quilt them with diagonal lines reasonably close together, maybe changing direction once.

Archie the wonder dog said...

They're great and I love Leanne's idea for quilting.

Yon Quilting Wife said...

These are lovely. I'm not very good at the whole quilting bit ... well nor the piecing either if I'm honest ... but what about some sort of echo quilting from the middle out.

cheeky monkey said...

I like the colors. Love the grey and a little bit of color! I am not good in suggesting how to quilt. I think I would go for straight lines. They will be lovely when finished

Annabella said...

Love your triangular tablemats Sarah and a great minimalist design but with impact!

Needled Mom said...

Those fabrics are fabulous together.

Jennie said...

Beautiful! I love your idea of concentric triangles - if you made six in total they would sit together as a table centre when not being used!

Flying Blind... said...

Nice close diagonals would make it 'mat-like' for sure xxx

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, loving the look of these, but honestly, fancy the baby interrupting play, how inconsiderate ;o)

Judith, Belfast said...

Loving the triangular shape to the placemats! Keep the quilting simple and then you won't go wrong! Jxo

Kirsten said...

Love the colour palette you are using for these triangles!

felicity said...

I'm currently dealing with placemats of a different unusual shape - rounded to go on Dad's round table. Bias binding here I come! Your placemats are gorgeous. I like Leanne's suggestion - diagonals!

Cindy said...

Oh Yum! I'm really digging your mustard/yellow and grey. Perfect together. xx

Jake said...

I think quilting them in something curvy like "mussel shells" would look grand! Straight lines are so boring...I LOVE the mustard and grey together!