60 Degree Triangle Love

January 22, 2011 § 14 Comments

Spiderwebs or Tiles?

I took a little time-out from the “have-to’s” this weekend and started making a quilt that I would like to give to a friend who is getting married in April.  Her favorite color is green.  She loves retro children’s books and all things Italian.  For months I have been thinking about making her a Lone Star quilt. But I just couldn’t decide on which fabric to use and ultimately bring myself to start cutting the pieces.  So I finally admitted defeat and spontaneously decided to make this one instead. It is much more stash friendly.   Now I can stop hunting for that perfect fabric that seems to keep eluding me.

The pattern is from Kaffe Fassett’s book Country Garden Quilts. He calls it a Spider Web Quilt. But to me, it looks more like Italian tiles.  And I busted out my never-before-used 60 degree triangle ruler to cut the sections. Six triangles make a whole hexagon.  It’s so easy and I love the huge gigantic size of these.

I’m not sure how big I’m going to make it. The size in the book is 84″ x 86″ and has an 8″ border. Does it really need such a big border?  It’s almost begging to be just all hexagons. We’ll see what it’s saying when there is more of it.  And lately, I have been feeling the need to make big, bed-sized quilts. For some reason, I’m tired of the smaller sofa throws.  Hmmm, what’s that all about?

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§ 14 Responses to 60 Degree Triangle Love

  • Katy says:

    I absolutely love those hexagons! I’m inclined to agree with you – less or no border, more hexes. What an amazing wedding quilt.

  • I made a 60 degree triangle hexagon quilt with no borders and left the two sides with whole hexagons! I love it!
    Your start is amazing!

  • Lisle says:

    Great colors! I don’t think I’d border that at all, just the binding. I love the big hexagons!

  • Toni says:

    Lovely! Definately tiles not spiderweb! I too have a 60 degree ruler (I’ve had for years) and after seeing this beauty I think I had better get that ruler out and use it.

  • DebbyMcC says:

    Definitely Italian tiles…and they are beautiful! I love the colors you’re using. When I went to the Sistine chapel I paid at least as much attention to the tiles on the floor as I did to the ceilings…=-)

  • lily boot says:

    Oooh Anita! THey are beautiful – they look like gorgeous antique Italian plates. Your friend will be bewitched!

  • nicolette says:

    Gorgeous Italian tiles, love the colours! This will be a another beautiful quilt!

  • whatktmadenext says:

    Oh I recognise these blocks. I made two for a quilting bee and trying to get all the strips lined up severely taxed me and my seam ripper! Yours look fantastic and are going to make a fabulous quilt!

  • Alexandra says:

    Anita, wonderful blocks it will make an absolutely gorgeous quilt. Love your style.

  • Cathy A says:

    That’s going to be gorgeous!! Those are my favorite kind of hexagons.

  • Karen says:

    What a great start!! And will be so much faster than those 1″ hexies :). Can’t wait to see this one as it progresses. Funny about the bigger quilts, I guess we all go in cycles….

  • Anne K says:

    A beautiful quilt Anita. I was also inspired by Kaffe’s quilt and am doing the hexagons from striped fabrics instead of making strips. Your ironing board cover is fabulous. I would love one just like that.

  • Pratima says:

    Beautiful earth tones, Anita! The separation of blocks with grey/black looks so good.

  • Blue.Ridge.Girl says:

    Really like the fabrics you have chosen. I think a block this large just begs to be a nice big quilt ;o) I can really see it with a thin border, but not a big one.

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