Triangle Quilt Along – Cutting

Let the cutting begin!  For some reason, I really enjoy the cutting process.  Maybe it is because I get to admire the fabric.  Maybe it feels like I am accomplishing a lot.  Or maybe it is because it means I am starting a new project.

I bought, In Color Order’s Triangularity pattern, – it cuts the fabric into 7 inch strips.   I started with the pattern before getting Paula’s instructions.  I was trying to be proactive and use 1 of my 2 spring break days to get ahead.

I started cutting my purple fat quarters Tuesday night.  The purples were very quickly cut and stacked.


The black and white prints took some time:

  • I am using fat quarters, so that means I have 33 to cut.  I am going to make my quilt twin size.


  • I forgot that it is hard to cut black and white graphic fabric.  Some prints tend to mess with my eyes.


  • I am trying to work with the prints and fussy cut some of the triangles.  So I cut each strip into triangles individually.  It may be a waste of time, but I don’t want wonky looking blocks.  There was no “stack and whack” cutting to speed up the process.
  • There is a lot more waste making the 7 inch triangles.  This is what I have left after I cut triangles.


purchased 108 inch backing – no pieced backing for me!  Not that I usually do pieced backings, but have already decided that.  I don’t even want to sew the yardage together.  I have no doubt that I will be sewing the zippers on last minute.  (The zippers speed up loading a quilt backing onto the long arm quilting frame.)

If I am going to make my April 26th long arm quilting deadline, I will have to sew at least for a little while one night a week.  By the time I get home from school, I am pretty tired.  I have to get over my thinking, that if I am going to sew, I need to put in a couple hours – even 30 minutes will be progress.  Normally I do my sewing on the weekends with large chunks of time.  April weekends are filling up fast with Easter and my parent’s 50th Anniversary dinner.  Can you tell I am getting a bit stressed about the deadline?!?!

When do most of you ladies sew?  Do you schedule time?  Sit for a few minutes and accomplish what you can?  Am I making this process more difficult for my self by making it twin size?

About My Pieced Life

I am in love with all things quilting. My sewing room has many works-in-progress and a large stash of fabric. I have big plans and lots of ideas of creations I would like to make. My wonderful husband supports my obsession and Carson, my Australian terrier, keeps me company while I sew.
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8 Responses to Triangle Quilt Along – Cutting

  1. msminnesota says:

    Did you save those big scraps, or did you trash them? I saved the ‘ends’ from when I cut my triangles – not sure why though!

    • I saved the larger end scrap – usually from the right side. I cut from left to right. The smaller ones, from the left side, I tossed. I tried to get a 2 1/2 square and there wasn’t enough fabric. Not that I do many scrappy projects!

  2. knitnkwilt says:

    Check out 15 Minutes of Play blog on “made fabric” for the small triangles. Doesn’t have to be scrappy, can be coordinated shades. Gives a nice texture. I am very poor at using small bits of time; like you I tend to want large chunks of open ended time. Occasionally if I have everything set up I might cut or sew for a “stolen” few minutes, but I don’t always have time to leave things set up.

  3. What a sweet purple/black/white palette you have chosen for your quilt! Looking forward to seeing your progress!

    • I have high hopes for this black, white and purples quilt. I may have a different opinion after attempting to layout the quilt. Thanks for the support! Be sure to stop by to check out my progress.

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