Sooo…. Apparently to make squares out of triangles, you need right-angled triangles.
I did not know that.
As per usual, I have this fabric that has been sitting and just waiting for inspiration, which normally comes at around 1am. After which I jiggle around in bed, trying to convince myself that I can wait until morning, that getting up right then and starting sewing will wake the rest of the family. Right when I’m about to give up and just get up already I fall asleep mid-wiggle. Sometimes I even forget my inspiration in the morning (because I sleep in because I was awake most of the night) and have to do the whole thing all over again a few nights later.
Anyway! I had this idea of using these two jelly – strip – pack things, one blue and the other brown, sew four strips together, cut triangles out of them and make squares so I could have an awesome colourful funky square quilt.
This is what I ended up with.
My ruler that I was cutting with is a 30 degree triangle, which makes hexagons! So many hexagons!!
They say that you learn something new everyday. What they don’t say is that quilting can be just as good as a maths book in school. I’m sure I learnt how to make hexagons at some point at school, but it didn’t stick until I sewed a quilt.
In the end, I’m actually quite pleased on how it turned out, six-sided squares notwithstanding. And while I’m not ordinarily an orange fan somehow the blues and browns and oranges just work for me. It’s still a work in progress, the backing is yet to go on.
There were some off-cuts leftover and I was in a cooking frame of mind (extremely rare, to be honest) so I made some potholders. By the time I had finished sewing the binding someone else had started dinner, so quilting had saved me once again!
Once I finish these, there is even enough to make matching cup coasters. I would love to see the kitchen that matches this colour scheme!