Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful week and have plans for a fun weekend. My kids still really enjoy Easter egg hunts and dyeing, and we are fortunate to have friends to share these activities with.
Since Easter weekend is such a busy one, I thought I’d share a relatively easy quilt for Free Pattern Friday. Of course easy is in the eye of the beholder, and this one is easy primarily in the number of pieces and the size of these pieces. However, it is constructed with equilateral triangles which may be something that you find complex. However, I do think the results are worth the effort!
The pattern itself does not go into any detail about how to avoid the common pitfalls of sewing these triangles together into rows without making a complete mess of things. Let me just say that it is not impossible, but a few pencil marks and basic caution need to be employed here and all will be just fine.
The first step is to be very accurate in your cutting. It is worth a little extra trimming and (gasp) fabric wastage in order to make sure that your triangles are absolutely precise. This accuracy in cutting will pay off.
After you cut your triangles, make a mark 1/8″ from the bottom edge of these triangles on the right side of the fabric. If you have an Add An Eighth ruler, this is a perfect time to use it. It is not necessary to draw across the entire bottom of the triangle.
Did you notice that when you were cutting your triangles, the top of the triangle had a blunt edge? It was not broken during manufacturing, but rather it recognizes that the tips of the triangles are unnecessary and would make your seam intersections even more bulky if included.
Take this blunt tip of one triangle and match it to the mark that you made at the base of another triangle (fabrics right side together). This gives you the slight offset that you need. Since you’ve marked all of your triangles, all of your alignments will be the same.
Sew the two triangles together with a scant 1/4″ seam and iron open.
I hope that these basic instructions, when added to the pattern below will make this free pattern an enjoyable and easy experience for you.
Have a great weekend!