Monday, February 6, 2012

First Design Wall

I've followed Judy's Design Wall Mondays for some time now and always thought I'd like to join in, and today's the day.

This is a group of practice blocks I made for a bigger project I plan to start next month using Civil War reproduction fabrics. Now that I've done a few samples, I've learned several things that I will share:

1. Starch or pressing spray is a must for these blocks. I use a homemade pressing spray with starch in it and it made them pretty easy to make. The one I made before the addition of the starch was pretty wonky and I wasn't happy with it.
2. I probably will make the project using slightly larger triangles. The pattern calls for 2 1/2 inch equilateral triangles but I may go with 3 inches. I think it will be a little easier to work with. This isn't supposed to be an endurance contest, is it? Besides, they're sending me mostly 3-inch pieces of fabric, and I hate to waste fabric.
3. I didn't need pins on the pieced triangles, but I used pins while putting the blocks together. I didn't want to cut off my points and I (mostly) achieved that.
4. Practice will make perfect (I hope).

I will use this small quilt to practice my FMQ.

Thanks for looking! This is a very new blog and I appreciate your comments and feedback.
I'd add a link to Judy's site but I don't know how. I'll get that straightened out asap!



  1. Jeanne,
    Glad you decided to join in on Judy's design wall Monday and the blogging world. I have been cutting triangles for a quilt like this so thanks for the tip on starching the pieces.

    1. Amy, I didn't specify, but I found it better to starch before cutting. The starch can sometimes shrink the trianles slightly.

  2. Welcome to design wall Mondays! That's so great that you started a blog and have joined the fun. Your triangle blocks look great. Can't wait to see the bigger project.

  3. Looks like it's going to be a great quilt! I LOVE triangles.