It’s All about Triangles & Quilting!
We pay homage to one of the cornerstones of quilting – the lowly triangle!
Three sides, three angles, three major descriptions of triangles.
1. Scalene triangle
- 3 different length sides
- 3 different sized angles
- typically used in setting triangles
- easier to paper piece
- no lines of symmetry – cannot accidentally flip the block over to fix a mistake
- can be a right triangle (one angle = 90 degrees)
- typical triangle found in math class 30, 60, 90
- can be called half rectangle triangles in quilting
- tilted blocks (as setting triangles)
- wonky blocks
- mariner’s compass blocks
- palm blocks
- birds of paradise blocks
Eye searing pink blocks are just SOME examples of scalene triangles in these blocks.
2. Isosceles traingle
- 2 equal length sides
- 2 equally sized angles
- most commonly found in quilting
- Half Square Triangle – HST
- Quarter Square Triangle – QST
- one line of symmetry, flip around the ‘odd’ angle
- can be a right triangle (HST, QST, flying geese)
- how you cut could have one bias edge (the hypotenuse) or two (the shorter legs)
- typical triangle found in math class 45, 45, 90
- triangle with an acute ‘odd angle’ – kaleidoscope block
- broken dishes
- flying geese
- ohio star
- square in a square
- friendship star
- maple leaf
- kalidescope …..
3. Equalateral triangle
- 3 sides equal length
- 3 equally sized angles
- least commonly found in quilting
- 6 triangles can make a hexagon block
- all angles are 60 degrees – no exceptions
- 3 angles of symmetry, flip around any angle
- guaranteed to have 2 sides of bias edges
- thousand pyramid blocks
- chevron designs
- strip pieced hexagons
- tumbling blocks
- bordered thousand pyramid blocks
Look at the
yellow any block to see the equilateral triangle (assuming the image doesn’t get squished somewhere)
Triangle Math Websites:
- Cool Math Types of Triangles
Home Sewing Front
Working on periodic spiral quilt – mostly basted, now need sewn together
Need an outline behind the spiral for it to stand out from the background
Exothermic quilt – see previous post about my place on this quilt as of a week ago.
Exothermic quilt on point:
Design decisions to make on the exothermic quilt:
- Borders are GOOD – do NOT fix them
- On point or not?
- If so, have to fix coping black/ grey inner border
- How much more black fabric to buy?
- Paralllelograms in the middle stay or go? – it provides good movement, but too much of a distraction??
HAVE YOU SEEN:
- a 5 x 8 sized graph paper notebook for sale? If so, what brand, where are you finding them, have you seen them online?
- I would love a notebook this sized to carry around more easily!
A MUST HAVE book for anyone wanting to hand / machine quilt with specific designs:
- Takes one motif and slightly changes it, multiplies it, rotates and flips it,
- gives dimensions on block size for motif found in book.
- looks easy to trace and adapt
- great resource
- spiral inside
If you want to Swap Charm (5 inch) squares, go to this swap on Swap – Bot:
I’m willing to join if there is a good & healthy number of people in the swap!
You have until Sept 2, 2011 to make your decision!
From Mevio’s Music Alley
- Triangle Treasure by Aronus
- Honey Wine by Ukulele Jim