Thursday, August 16, 2012

Raindrops Quilt

Back when I made a whole pile of strip sets, I knew I wanted to try using them in a quilt in the place of regular blocks.  I used the Tri-Recs ruler to cut isosceles triangles from the strips sets, as well as from 6.5 inch strips of several solid fabrics.  The ruler definitely makes the cutting easy.
I worked with aquas, turquoise, white, grays, and one shot cotton.  The colors remind me of a cloudy day, with the triangles as raindrops.
I used simple straight line quilting a quarter inch from both sides of every seam to accentuate the geometry of this pattern.  This results in a cute six pointed star where the triangle points meet.
The Summersville print is perfect for backing and adds a whimsical touch to the quilt.  Since this is child sized, I didn't want the quilt to be too serious.  I also had fun adding an ombre-like strip of solids to the back to make it wide enough.  I like it so much, this strip may be the starting point for my next quilt.

At 45 x 49, this should be a good lap sized quilt for a boy.  I'm really pleased to have completed five quilts for Project Linus this year and to have met my own goal of making more than one for a boy.  I'm linking up to 100 Quilts for Kids.  Join in, and donate a quilt locally!

14 comments:

Svetlana said...

GORGEOUS!!!! Love all the colors you chose and those striped blocks are such a genius addition!

tabbiegirl said...

Okay...you've inspired me. I've got a 60 degree ruler and now I've seen your fabulous quilt! LOVE it!

beth lehman said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! what a fantastic quilt and yes, those stripey triangles are fantastic!!!

Elisabeth Woo said...

eee I've also had a 60 degree ruler forever and I've been waiting and waiting. Now I'm thinking about a triangle scrap quilt. :) Could help tame the ridiculous wreck that is my scrap bin!

Patchwork and Play said...

Great quilt! The backing is stunning too!

felicity said...

Oh my this is gorgeous. I have the Tri Recs tool - I wonder if it's the same one?

Debbie said...

I just adore this! What a great job you did mixing colors!

Kristie said...

Just beautiful :(

Rachel Hauser said...

Wow, what a quilt! That is lovely and you really did extra good work on that back. The ombre would be great on many backs. Hmm...

Mareenchen said...

Absolutely love everything about it!

Pat said...

Love your colors and the triangles make for a really interesting quilt. Some boy will love it.

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

This is such a beautiful quilt!!

giddy99 said...

I love both of those quilts! When I get better at quilting, I want to try that paper boat!

Marit said...

So pretty, and I love the back!