Saturday, March 23, 2013

A whole "Lotta" Tipsy Triangles, Tutorial

 
Q:   What do you do when someone gives you 2 Charm Packs of Lotta Jansdotter's
new collection, GLIMMA?
 
A:    Make a cute little quilt, write a block tutorial and share the wealth...of course.
 
 
Some time ago, Windham Fabrics sent me some of Lotta Jansdotter's GLIMMA.  Unfortunately, the fabric sat there on my studio table, taunting me, waiting for inspiration to hit.  Well, hit me it finally did and before I knew it, this cute little quilt was born.  I'm calling it Tipsy Triangles
 
 
 
 
I had fun making these Tipsy Triangle blocks and figured that maybe some of you would too.  I wrote up some directions and made a few diagrams; which you can find below.
 
Now, I wanted to make sure that I shared the wealth, so I held back one of the Charm Packs to use as a giveaway; but more on that after the tutorial.  ----Giveaway Now Over----
 
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May I introduce you to the Tipsy Triangle Block Tutorial.
 
 
Step 1::  Start with a 5" x 5" square; which I'm calling a "focus fabric".  I choose a print; but you can certainly use a solid.  Sew a 3" x 5" rectangle of your background fabric to both sides of your center square.  I prefer to press my seams open; but do what works for you.
 

Step 2::   Now, sew a 3" x 10" rectangle of your background fabric to both the top and bottom of the unit you made in Step 1.  You should now have a very simple block which measures 10" x 10". 


Step 3::  You are now going to crop your 10" x 10" block into a smaller 8" x 8" square; but before you cut, please continue reading.  In order to start making your block Tipsy, you need to change up the placement of the center "focus fabric".  The red box shows just two of the many ways you can crop your block.  There are two important things to keep in mind.  First, your "focus fabric" should be located in different quandrants. Second, your "focus fabric" should never be tilted. 

Step 4::  This shows you what the blocks look like after they were cropped to 8" x 8".
Step 5::  Now don't put away your rotary cutter and ruler just yet.  You will now cut (see red dotted line) each of your 8" x 8" blocks into 2 triangles.  Be sure that you cut diagonally, from one corner to the other.
Step 6::  You should now have Triangles that look something like this.  Don't worry that your "focus fabric" is more prominent on some triangles and smaller in others.  This is the key to the Tipsy Triangle block.
Step 7::  The final step is to pair up all of those triangles you cut in Step 6.  As you can see in the diagram below, those "focus fabric" points don't match...it's okay, take a deep breath, they aren't supposed to.

Step 8::  Hopefully you have a handful of Tipsy Triangle blocks done and are now ready to sew them together into something Awesome.  I made a baby-sized quilt with a big border; but you can make a quilt filled with nothing but Tipsy Triangles.  It's all up to you. 
 
As always, if you make something using this or anyone of my tutorials, please be sure
to share a photo with me...I love seeing them.


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It's Giveaway Time. 
Giveaway is Closed
 
 
As I mentioned above, I have 1 charm pack of Lotta Lansdotter's GLIMMA collection
(Thanks Windham Fabrics!!) to give away.  The rules are super simple. 
 
--- Leave 1 comment below telling me what project you are working on.  That's it!!
 
--- Giveaway will close Tuesday, March 26th at 8pm CST
Giveaway is Closed
 
--- Random Generator will chose one lucky person, and they'll be contacted by email,
so make sure that I have a way to contact you, if you are a No-Reply Blogger.
 
** Your comments will appear throughout the day, as I have a Spam-Block on**
 
Good Luck!!!


=============Updated 3/26/13 8:27pm===============

The GLIMMA Charm Pack winner is #22

 
Who is #22 you ask, well none other then Erica.  YAY!!!

Thanks Again to everyone who played along.  I hope you like the tutorial that I wrote and if you make anything using it, be sure to drop me a line.

 



88 comments:

Kevin the Quilter said...

Cool tutorial! Loved seeing your Bridges and Tunnels pattern in Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine! Yeah for you! I am currently working on Victoria Findlay Wolfe's Star Splitter quilt in QM.

Krista @ Sewwhatscooking.com said...

Hi Kristy,

Cute block! I think I will give it a try!

I just finished a cool knitting bag for a swap I'm in. It turned out really cool so I think I'm going to do one for myself with some Dr. Who paper piecing.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Shar said...

I'm working on my son's graduation quilt.

Sarah Cruickshank said...

Lovely pattern, thanks for sharing. I'm working on my very first quilting project, with my brand new sewing machine that arrived today. I'm using Lotta Jansdotter's Bella fabrics and your Modernized D9P pattern. Just completed my first ever block... squeeeeee! Sarah

Gill said...

Great pattern - thanks!
My niece has just announced her pregnancy so I'm working on a baby quilt!
Thanks!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a cute pattern!! Right now I am trying to work on a baby quilt for my friend's expected grandchild. I say trying, as I am still on the mend after my wrist break and surgery. Funny how those sharp edges are just not happening with the rotary right now :-(

Miss Nancy said...

I just realized there is a giveaway, thank you for that as well. What project am I working on -- many. I have several BOMs going, modern quilts of course.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

Beatrice said...

Hello,
I'm working on the Wiggly Whimsy quilt by Rebecca Silbaugh from Ruby Blue Quilting Studio (found on Moda Bake Shop).
Beatrice (from France)

barbara woods said...

i am working on a twin sized quilt for a grandson and two casserole carriers for birthday presents

Lynne said...

Cute, Miss Kristy! Your brain is ALWAYS chugging out something new!

I'm working on an I-Spy quilt for Aidan. Just starting to think about it, so still a lot to decide.

Mary Ellen said...

I am working on a baby quilt. But I need another one. The tipsy triangles plus the charm pack would make my day (and another baby quilt!).

Hannah said...

I love the quilting on your tipsy triangles! Right now, I'm working on getting ready to move so my mqchine is all packed away, but I've been doing some hand work on a little ATC for my Whipstitch sewing buddy. Thanks for the giveaway!

DKB said...

Very interesting! I like it.im working on a dress for my daughter , my latest quilt project has stalled

Allison C said...

I'm working on a gray and white print patchwork gingham lap quilt for myself.

Patchwork and Play said...

What a clever block! I'd like to try this. I'm working on a hexie cushion and my medallion quilt- both hand stitching-at the moment. Thanks for the giveaway!

alli b said...

Tipsy Triangles look awesome! I can't wait to try this out. I think i will make my wee one Matilda a quilt using this block. I have been trying to find a fun but simple block to use and this ticks all the boxes, so this is my current project :)
Thanks for the generous giveaway and tutorial.

Chelsie C said...

Cute! I just cut into my Bella layer cake and made 40 hexagons to make a new baby quilt :)

Nancy said...

Love this! Trying to get a baby quilt done. The baby is already done!!

Donna said...

Very cute quilt, thanks for the tutorial! I'm choosing fabrics for a baby quilt I'm making that will have some tiny wonky stars in it. I can't seem to get enough wonky :)

Mimi said...

I just completed a Wonky Log Cabin Blocks table runner for my cousin who lives in France... I have a surprise package of quilted goodies for all of my French relatives which I will be sending on Monday! They have no idea and I can't wait to hear from them when the parcel ariives!!!

Gina said...

I am in the middle of several projects, one of which is quilting a throw for a friend.

Erica said...

I love the quilt, thanks for the tutorial! I am working on a Maple Leaf Rag quilt from Sarah Fielke's Modern Obsession II. I am almost done with the quilt top, it has been quite the journey!

Carla said...

That's a really interesting technique I haven't seen before. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win!

Jessica said...

Thanks for a great tutorial! I pinned it for later. I'm working on my sewing machine cover - triangles (eek!)

Fran said...

Excellent tutorial, thanks! I'm working on a HST quilt for my daughter at the moment. Thanks for the chance to win.

Amy said...

Fun way to use one charm pack. I'm just off of a retreat and have 3 tops to quilt: a doll quilt; a wedding one; and, a birthday one. The doll one will be first...

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I am finishing up one of my oldest UFOs - my first disappearing 9-patch. It was too small, so I added 2 borders, and hope to get the quilting finished today & maybe even the binding by tonight. And thanks for the chance to win.

barb said...

I am working on a stained glass quilt top babscorbitt@gmail.com

one line lane said...

Great tutorial - I never would have thought of that! I'm busy working on an intutitively pieced black & white quilt and learning a lot as a go along! Thanks for this opportunity to win.

ShirleyC said...

I'm working on an outfit for my little granddaughter! Thanks for a chance to win.

Allison said...

I'm working on a quilt for my future niece.

Butterfly said...

great tutorial

work on a quilt for my Mums birthday
Lee

nähtina said...

The procject I am working on?
You mean the projectS :-) with capital S.
1 Quilt, 1 T-Shirt, and several others in my mind *g*

Would LOVE to win somme Glimma.

Greetings
Tina

Gunilla said...

Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Right now I am working on a low volume baby quilt, for an adorable two year old girl. I am using some Aneela Hoey prints and alot others mixed in. Love it! Thanks for this giveaway!

Margaret said...

Working on binding a baby quilt, and trying to figure out what to do with some blocks I made with Madrona Road fabric. I could use some Glimma to distract me. :-)

Kirsten said...

Such a clever way to use those charm squares! I have just finished making a Messenger bag and am about to start on a scrappy trip along quilt at last.

moira said...

I have a mad list of current WIPS but today I'm making a bag for my covert robin partner

Tamie said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I've been working on getting caught up on bee blocks. For the first time in awhile, I'm caught up!

knottygnome said...

love your tutorial. i'm working on finishing up a scrappy trips quilt.

Alisa said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I'm working on a pillow at the moment.

Birgit Ca said...

Im just about to move and feeling rather tipsy - would so love to welcome the new home with a new quilt of tipsyies! Thankyou

Rebecca said...

I am finishing off a pieced border for Bee in my bonnets row along quilt... used a lot os scraps and that tipsyies quilt looks like a good possability for scraps also

Linda said...

HI! CURRENTLY WORKING ON A FULL SIZE BED QUILT OF JAN PATEK'S "TOGETHER" COLLECTION! THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Lourdes said...

I am just beginning a quilt using the Colorado Beauty block for my nephew. Thanks for the chance to win.

momentary lapse said...

I am working on a twin sized color brick quilt.

craftytammie said...

I love HSTs! I'll have to give this tutorial a try! I'm actually working on a wonky pinwheel right now, using charms.

B Greene said...

WHat a great project for a charm pack - thanks for sharing!! I am working on my intrepretation of "The Healer" quilt from Adrianne at littlebluebell.com. Thanks for the chance to win!

ckitterer said...

Lotta Jansdotter is my latest new favorite designer and I love the Glimma collection. My projects are numerous, but I am working on a table runner for teaching a class, Easter 15 minute table runners, and ripping out the quilted border on a small quilt so I can redo it. I do simultaneous projects quite often!

Samantha said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I'm working on my first wonky log cabin.

Cheryl said...

I am working on a medallion quilt- that started off as a pillow but keeps growing.

Denise Bevard said...

I am finishing a spring Wall hanging. Hoping to get it done and hung by tomorrow.

Rebeckah Austin said...

I am on my 4th block for the Mario QAL (Though it has ended already, I am very far behind).

Jessica Pyykkonen said...

Finishing up a quilt using Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 - Lilac, and making a matching throw pillow. Thanks for a chance to win!

Rhonda D. said...

Cute block. Thanks for the tutorial. Right now I am working on a mini
quilt: Betsy's Closet~~In Stitches. Thanks for the chance to win!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

katie@stvital said...

It is always tempting for me to make hexagons out of charm packs. Another option for me at the moment is pillows or accents on curtains!

Anne said...

I'm working on doll clothes and dream pillows and paper flowers. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Carla G said...

What a cute quilt! I'm working on raincoats for my kids and summer wear before I can get back to quilting... :) Thanks for a chance to win! :)

ELNM said...

My first time on your site. Love the tipsy triangles idea - I'm pretty new to quilting and I like that they aren't supposed to match up! I'm working on testing a couple of t-shirt patterns. Thanks for the chance!
ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

Carmen Nuland said...

I just finished a pad for a step-stool we use for my daughter.

Wendy said...

I am working on so many projects it would take a massive comment box for me to tell you all about them. I'm making chair cushions for my mum, a cross stitch for my dad, a necklace for me... to name a few!

Linda said...

Love the pattern, thanks for showing us how it is done! I am working on baby quilts, and fabric yo yo's for Easter eggs.

NancyinSTL said...

I just completed my homework assignment for the second Saturday of the Applique Workshop I'm taking from Russ Horne, which included sewing the stems and leaves onto the background fabric and preparing the flower petals onto the paper templates. Now, I can start cutting the pieces for my niece's college graduation "New Wave" quilt.

Chris S said...

Very nice! I'm working on a flag quilt for my son in law who is in the Air Force.
Love Glimma!
chrissherman1669@yahoo.com

KatieQ said...

My quilting projects have been put on hold temporarily. I am making a few tabernacle cloths and repairing an altar cloth for my church. As soon as I finish them, I will complete the Wiggly Whimsy quilt I am making using a recipe from the Moda Bake Shoppe.

Nancy said...

That's cute! I'm starting some things for my first expected grandchild!

Jan Baker said...

Right now I'm working on a quilt for a Wedding present. I am hoping they like it. You never know if some people understand the work that goes into a quilt. 3bakergirlsgo@gmail.com

OhioLori said...

How fun your Quilt is!!! Would loooove to make one too! :)

Am currently making a HST's quilt now! For my daughter in NC. Am using books/library fabric with a neutral fabric in half of each square. It's the biggest progect I've worked on so far. Great fun...but nervous too! lol

giddy99 said...

I'm working on EPP hexies; it's my project when I'm traveling.

Ellee said...

My current project is a baby quilt for my new niece. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Karen O said...

Fun block. My current project is a row along being hosted by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.

Mara said...

I'm working on a couple of mugrugs for a swap. grecomara at gmail dot com.

Sharon said...

Oh I just love the tipsy turvey HST quilt very cute. I am presently working on a quilt of valor, medallion quilt and a mill street sampler...all long projects so would love to take a break and do something fun and crazy like this...have a great day and thanks for the tutorial.

Barb said...

WOW love it! I just finished a Lotta quilt ~ Bella's Birds! Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I am working on a garden path quilt that I made out of scraps, and I'm hand quilting it. This is a first for me, and I am definitely improving as I go!! I think I am bitten by the quilting bug!! Thanks for the giveaway, I'm keeping my fingers crossed, as I love your tute and would like to try this design. nlewis@wildblue.net

mary mahoo said...

Love your Tipsy Turvy Triangles! I'm working on a couple of totes today,,and,,,,a pile of UFOs so deep I may never be seen again! Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome fabric.

Joyce said...

I love this quilt.

I have several knitting WIPs and a stack of fabric wanting me to get back to sewing.

Anonymous said...

Love this block (and no matching seams is good too) - so clever. I am currently working on finishing an over 35 year old project - a hand pieced grandmother's fan quilt done in shades of purples (70s purples at that!). tishreed58 at yahoo.com

crafter1953 said...

Hi, right now I have a scrap quilt started and should be done in the next year or two. If I can get some time to work on it. Seems like I start working then something comes up and I have to stop and do a project for someone else not that I mind but I need me time. Alright enough about me, thanks for offering us the chance to win that lovely fabric.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great tutorial! I'm working on a pieced border for a t-shirt quilt of tees from Peru, Spain and Mexico. It's super "fiesta" and will hang in my son-in-law's classroom - he teaches high school Spanish. g.granger01@gmail.com

Darcy said...

I'm working on a scrappy quilt because that's all I have...it's gonna be awesome!

Jane S. said...

Cute design! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Right now I'm not working on anything as I had my wisdom teeth out a couple of days ago...it's hard when you're a teen but I'm old enough to be a grandma so it's about killing me here!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

I just finished my And Sew on bom. Back to my daughter's map quilt now.

Karrie S said...

I'm working on a baby quilt that I need to bind. Then I want to finish some UFOs! I would LOVE to win this charm pack!@ Thanks for the chance to win ;)

shawn said...

Actually winning this would give me something to work on lol.
Thank you

Marlene Plemel said...

I am working on a crocheted baby hat, tennis shoes and blanket. My friends baby girl is due in June.

Sheree said...

I have purchased the fabric for a baby quilt for a co-worker, but have yet to find the time to begin the work. I also have two crochet afghans in progress.

Di~ said...

Aww shucks! I just missed the giveaway chance by an hour! :) I live in Mountain time. But wanted to thank you for the tutorial on the block. I really want to try it!

Helen said...

Cute block!

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