It is a really fine day to be in my fiber studio. The sky started out pouring with rain, and it ended up raining very hard again this afternoon. Today my goal is to practice piecing with triangles. For some reason, I find this shape way more interesting than a square or rectangle. I have been on-line viewing a wonderful tutorial by Johanna Figueroa, through BluPrint.com. You can find this lesson at https://www.mybluprint.com/playlist/5055/10267
Her first lesson is based on a Japanese block she discovered. She calls it Jelly Girl. Here is an image of her example quilt:
As you can see, it is a hexagon pattern. But inside each hex is a swirling shape made up of six triangles. The hexes are spaced apart with white equilateral triangles. She promises that it will be easy to piece together.
I have small amounts of these three fabrics, so this will be a sampler. To start the project, the fabric is cut into 2 and 1/2 inch strips, across the grain.
Next the strips are sewn together in twos. Here are my strips after pressing.
This is where the triangle part comes. Using an Omnigrid ruler that has lines for 60 degree angles, the strips are cut into equilateral triangles. For the three types of strips, I ended up with six types of triangles.
Next six triangles are laid out into hexagons. Only three of the triangles are sewn together at a time. The two halves of the hexes will not be joined until the rows are sewn together.
Here are my results at the end of the day:
I also cut the white equilateral triangles, which will be used as spacers. This colorful sampler will get finished next time.