Saturday, January 23, 2016

Triangle Star and Then Some


Blue Triangle Star
18 3/4 inch block

I first saw this block on Gayle's blog, Mangofeet.  I loved the pic of a vintage quilt from a magazine and went searching for a similar pattern.  I wanted to use my civil war scraps and a pumpkin background to make that star.  Gayle's post mentioned it was from American Patchwork and Quilting, October 2009. That was enough to lead me to a free quilt pattern for the Triangle Stars that was inspired by the Vintage quilt called Wildest Dreams. 

Before I started on my civil war scraps I thought I would give it a try with some pieces from the scrap bin.   I had a few problems but it was easier than I thought.  It looks like I don't have 1/4 inch seam near all those star points but I think I can fix that.   And, so I'll practice on my colorful scraps and make one each month for Rainbow Scrap Challenge with the background color in the highlight color of the month. 


And while I was in the blue scraps I sewed up a few 4.5 inch crumb blocks - 30 of them.  I was going to make some crumb fish like I made in 2013 (below) but decided against it for now.   They will probably get made into a donation quilt in the summer when I make smaller donation quilts because I don't have air conditioning and it makes it toooooo hot to quilt larger quilts. 

Crumb Fish 
Donation Quilt 2013





31 comments:

Jennifer said...

W.O.W!!! that star is fantastic! don't undermine yourself: I know that wasn't the easiest block to piece- and you did a great job! so different from all the other projects (says the lazy square piecer!) a block a month in all the colors will look stunning! can't wait to see them all...

Ellen said...

The Triangle Star block is fantastic and you did a great job putting it together - I downloaded the pattern!

The fish quilt is so cute!!!

gayle said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! I LOVE that star!
I've been successfully resisting starting that star quilt, but you've just made it ridiculously hard... Now I want to go rabbiting off cutting and sewing triangles starting right this very minute!
(Love the fish, too, btw) 8)

katie z. said...

What a beautiful project!

Kaja said...

That star is amazing!

scraphappy said...

What a fun new project. That block is going to be fabulous. Love the purple background fabric!

Angie said...

Wow! Fantastic block - this is going to be a fun project for you!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Looks like I am not the only one who is wow-ed by that triangle star block! That is so amazing! Looking forward to seeing in that in all the rwinbow colors!

Mari said...

I love your star! And the crumb blocks! Such nice work, and the star is a real wow. Thanks for the pattern link!

Cathy said...

That is a gorgeous star block! I love your idea of using the accent color as the background! And 30 crumb blocks! Makes me wish my 8" crumbs were 4" crumbs (but I can always fix that down the road). Will you share your source for the triangle star pattern?

Quiltdivajulie said...

Your triangle star block is gorgeous - love the vibrant background color. Ohhhhh .....

PeggyinNO said...

Love, love, love the star block! Looks like a lot of work, but the end product is gorgeous! And it's so great to see what you can get out of "crumbs"! I need to get busy and make some myself!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats! on your fishy finish. It's SEW cute!! You've been busy with your scraps and those crumbs are looking good, but I can't begin to imagine the botched up mess I would make of that beautiful triangle star block. Nice work!

Julierose said...

Man o man--your practice (really??) piece looks perfect to me! Gorgeous ,with that purple background ("the stars at night are big and bright [da da da da] deep in the heart of Texas"--songs for all occasions/blocks lol) you are an amazing piecer...and I love it with all those blue novelties swirling around...hugs, from snow-ey CT julierose

PaulaB quilts said...

A brilliant star in the bright colors. It will make a lovely rainbow quilt. Good for you for persevering to find the pattern.

Raewyn said...

Wow, that star is awesome - thanks for the link - something else to add to my list!! A rainbow quilt of these will be beautiful! PS Love those fish as well :-)

Sally T said...

What a wonderful star and I love your crumby fish.

Mystic Quilter said...

Beautiful bright star and not the easiest one to piece!

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

I LOVE that triangle star block. Wow! It is lovely. The fish quilt is so cute too. I also have a stack of crumb blocks that need a home. I'm sure I will find someplace to put them! Have a great weekend.

Monica said...

Wow, that's a dramatic block, Cathy! You like the tricky ones, don't you?

I'm loving that combination of blue and purple these days. :D

LuAnn said...

That star is great and a good way to use your scraps. If you do one a month, that's going to be a neat quilt. You know, I've never made a crumb block, but I sure love yours. Might have to give them a try.

Dasha said...

Whoah! That's a lot of triangles in that star. It looks fantastic, and you've done a great job on all the points.

audrey said...

Awesome triangle star!

Helen in the UK said...

Stunning triangle block and cute crumb fish too :)

Emily said...

That's an amazing block! And I love the idea of using the accent color as the background--it is going to be stunning!

Those fish are so fun! Such a great way to use crumbs. Did you follow a tutorial or pattern in the construction of the fish? (The fish as a whole, not the crumb part.) I'd love to make some crumb fish of my own.

Kate said...

Beautiful block! There are a lot of seams in that one!

Julianne said...

Overachiever! Look at you knocking out those "Y" seams! Show off! Its gonna be another beauty and the pattern is right up your alley!

Ivani said...

Gorgeous star block and beautiful fabrics
The scrap fishes seems to be fun.

Ann said...

What fun! Your triangle block looks like another great way to use the kaleidoscope ruler. I may try it myself.
And your crumb blocks are always inspirational. Wow.

Sharon Denney Parcel said...

Very fun!

Deb A said...

Your star is glorious! The crumby fish are great with their quilting waves..... Hmmm I have some crumb blocks hanging around in a bin. Maybe they want to become rainbow fish?