Triangle Blocks Feed

It's a wrap!

Thank you to everyone who has been following the blog hop for Quilts with an Angle, and thank you to my fellow bloggers for all their work writing reviews.

I hope that you have learned some more about the book and my triangle grid patchwork technique.

If you haven't yet, do visit all of the blogs listed below to see what they have to say!

 

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As you have seen, Quilts with an Angle is full of interesting projects to make, with 15 quilts in total. But not just that, I included lots of tips and techniques for piecing 60 degree shapes and also tables for cutting the different shapes with a triangle ruler - who knew you could cut a hexagon with just two cuts?

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So whether you are a beginner, scared of triangles, or want to extend your techniques, there is something for you. I hope you enjoy the book and try some of the projects, and I would love to see what you make!

You can post photos of your work in my facebook group, Sheila Christensen's Triangle Quilters. Join here.

 

April 16th C&T www.ctpub.com/blog

April 17th Wendy Welsh  wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com

April 18th Sheila Christensen www.mysteryquilter.com

April 19th Angie Wilson www.gnomeangel.com

April 20th Juliet van der Heijden www.thetartankiwi.com

April 21st Kim Moos www.cottoncuts.com/blog

April 22nd Yvonne Fuchs www.quiltingjetgirl.com

April 23rd Aurifil www.auribuzz.wordpress.com

April 24th Jacquie Gering tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com

April 25th Sheila Christensen www.mysteryquilter.com YOU ARE HERE

 

To be in with a chance to win a digital copy of Quilts with and Angle, enter the prize draw here.

This draw closes on April 29th. Winner will be notified by email.

 


Where it all started

I'm so excited to announce the re-launch of my Modern Triangle Sampler pattern. It's been an amazing journey since I made the original quilt. It prompted me to write my book, has appeared at Quiltcon and has given me many happy hours of teaching students how to do triangle patchwork.

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Since I wrote the original pattern I have figured out new ways to make the cutting easier, and I wanted to share these with you, so I have re-written the instructions in easy to follow step by step format complete with colour illustrations. My friend Kristy at Page and Pixel has done an amazing job on the design and layout.

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The new pattern is now available in my payhip store as a pdf download, and I will will have printed copies available soon. If you haven't tried triangle patchwork yet now is a great time to have a go!

 

As a special offer for my blog followers, you can get 25% off this pattern until the end of April. Just enter the coupon code mysteryquilter

 

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Symposium 2019

I am really excited to be teaching at the Quilt Symposium this October.

I am offering two classes;

Shapes with an Angle is an in-depth, 3 day class where you will learn all about my triangle grid patchwork technique, make sample blocks, play with new ideas and work on your own project. This class is for quilters with experience who wish to extend their understanding of the structure of these contemporary quilts, but you don't need any experience with 60 degree triangles.

 

Mini Wonders Waltz is a project-based class over 2 days. You will make my Mini Wonders hexagonal table centre, piecing the blocks and you may also get on to quilting in the time available.  A fun project to stretch yourself and learn new techniques.

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The 2019 NZ Quilt Symposium is being held at St Cuthberts College in Auckland


My book has arrived

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This week my big box of books arrived from C&T Publishing! Its hard to describe what it feels like to receive your own book, all beautifully designed and photographed by the publishers.  There is a lovely foreword written by my friend and great inspiration Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession.

I have written the chapters as lessons in how to cut and sew each of six different shapes - triangles, diamonds, parallelograms, trapezoids, hexagons and jewels , plus a chapter on strip piecing and one on designing your own blocks.

There are patterns for 15 quilts included.

You can order my book now:

Signed copy direct from me

From C&T Publishing in the USA

or from your local quilt shop or bookseller

 


Announcing my first book

I am so excited to announce that I have written a book!

 

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Quilts with an Angle - A Field Guide contains fifteen quilt projects and has lots of how-to photos and explanations.

It will be released in February 2019 by C&T Publishing - look out for it in your favourite quilt shop, book store and online!


Mini Wonders

The last few months have been really busy with the New Zealand Quilt Symposium plus a trip to Quilt Market in Houston where I was lucky enough to meet up with Kristy Lea of Make Modern Magazine. When I got back home I was excited to see the launch of Issue 19 of the magazine which contains the first block of my Mini Wonders sampler.

 

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This sampler is made using my 60 degree patchwork technique, which is also the method for my Modern Triangle Sampler quilt.

Make Modern is a digital magazine, which is fabulous as you get a huge amount of content in each issue and can just print out the patterns you are interested in. Subscribe to this magazine by following the link on the right hand side of this page.

I hope you will have a go at Mini Wonders. I love the beautiful Alison Glass fabrics in the project, the ones in the photo are Sunprints, and I am now making another using her latest Diving Board range. Another really exciting part of going to Houston was meeting Alison, and I came away with a signed Quilters' Planner which was an unexpected bonus!

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Here's Mini Wonders hanging out in the Bush at Kiriwhakapapa when I took her for a walk. I also saw this beautiful Kereru (native wood pigeon)

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Fussy Cutting Hexagons with 2 cuts!

This week I have been fussy cutting hexagons for the new triangle blocks I designed. I wanted to share with you the really easy technique I came up with. I'm sure this must have been done before but I haven't seen it around.

For the new blocks I released last week I have decided to use Tula Pink fabrics. There are so many wonderful motifs just perfect for fussy cutting and I wanted to explore this for the triangle based pieces in my quilt.

Here's the hexagon I cut out with just two cuts:

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Isn't it cute?

So here is how I did it:

Step 1:

My hexagon needs to have a finished height in the quilt of 4". I cut a 4 1/2" strip, fitting in the pattern I wanted:

Cut strip

Step 2:

Fold the strip of fabric in half - note, the fold is at the bottom of the photo.

Fold in half

Step 3:

Place your 60 degree ruler on top of the strip. Line up the centre line of the ruler with the centre of the pattern you want to fussy cut.

If you have a ruler with a tip like the C&T ruler here, put the 4 1/2" line on the fold.

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If you are using a Creative Grids ruler which has a cut-off tip, place the 4 1/4" line on the fold:

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Step 4:

Cut on both sides

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Open out, and voila!

I measure my hexagons from flat edge to flat edge, so this one is 4 1/2" from top to bottom.

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I used my hexagons in this block I called 'Balance'. Its one of the new add-on blocks available for my Modern Triangle Sampler pattern.

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You can get the pattern for this and all the other blocks in the Modern Triangle Sampler in my Craftsy store. All the blocks are cut with a triangle ruler and the piecing is easy by machine (no y-seams!)

Sheila

 


A Block Party and Bluebell Woods

This month I have been visiting family in England, and while I am here I have been teaching my Triangle Block Party class.

My walk this time doesn't include a quilt, but look at these beautiful native bluebells that adorn many English woods at this time of year

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When I was a child, we would gather armfuls of bluebells to enjoy, but these days it's not allowed, and really so much better to see them in swathes in their natural setting. My sister, great niece and I loved our adventure in the woods, and the added bonus was a beautifully built wooden playground.

After a bit of catch-up time, I was off on the train to Huddersfield. Nestled in the Peak district in the North of England, Huddersfield was at the heart of the wool trade in the nineteenth century, and many mills have now been converted for new purposes. Four trains from Bedford, I arrived in the village of Slaithwaite (pronounced 'Slawett'), and met Justine and Lisa, who run Simply Solids. It's a great shop stocking a fabulous range of modern fabrics, with a popular online following as well as the local clientele who keep them very busy.

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The Triangle Block Party class was loads of fun and the ladies worked really hard. By the end of the day everyone had completed at least four blocks for their Modern Triangle Sampler - jewels, hexagons, triangles and more were appearing!

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I had loads of fun and really enjoyed meeting everyone

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