FREE Quilting Patterns, Tutorials, Magazine

The quilted triangle cushion top

As the week winds down to an end my post today is about finishing the quilted triangle cushion top.

Yesterday I talked about Stitch-N-Steam and how it adds texture to your fabric. I created 3 pieces of textured fabric with the yellow, red and blue pieces of fabric.

The stitching I did on each piece was free motion – each with a different motif. And I put batting in each sandwich as well as I wanted a bit of loft and softness to the piece.

This photo below shows the piece I made yesterday with no batting and the one I made today with batting.

Both had the same stitching motif. Now one piece is smaller than the other but the difference with and without batting is pretty evident. With batting it’s a bit softer and more pillow-like. The one without batting is more crinkly and not as soft looking.

Top piece without batting and bottom piece with batting
Top piece without batting and bottom piece with batting

 

To ensure that I had control of my fabric sandwich while doing the free motion quilting I made sure to wear my quilting gloves. The gloves have little rubber dots on them that allow me to grip the fabric lightly and be able to control where it goes making for smooth quilting. They come in different sizes and are color coded for each size.

Quilting gloves for free motion quilting
Quilting gloves for free motion quilting

 

Three different motifs – three different textures

Here’s the front of the three pieces. The yellow was done with stippling, the blue with stippling and triangles and the red with wavy lines.

The red design is definitely different from the other two whereas the yellow and blue, even though were stitched with different motifs, look a lot more alike.

Three fabrics - three textures
Three fabrics – three textures

 

Turning them over you can see the quilting motif much better. Sure looks different than the front.

Three pieces - three different motifs
Three pieces – three different motifs

 

Adding Triangles

I drew an equilateral triangle on the back of each textured fabric piece with a Fabric Fun marker. I knew that it would mark well on the polyester fabric and I didn’t worry about it being permanent. Nobody would ever see the markings as they were on the back.

Fabric Fun marker
Fabric Fun marker

 

After cutting out my pieces I pinned them to the quilted pillow top with a flower headed pin. I couldn’t fuse them in place because the polyester fabric on the back would melt if I added fusible web to it. And that wouldn’t be a good thing after all the work I went to to create these textured pieces of fabric.

Triangles pinned in place
Triangles pinned in place

 

Quilting the pillow top prior to adding the embellishments is much easier than trying to quilt around the triangles after they have been stitched in place. Too much stopping and starting which means lots of thread ends. But these thread ends can be dealt with easily by using Self-Threading needles to pull the threads to the back and bury under the backing. I love self-threading needles and think they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Self-threading needles - the best thing since sliced bread
Self-threading needles – the best thing since sliced bread

 

Now that the triangles are pinned in place the next step is to stitch them in place. I used the same Gütermann threads to do a satin stitch around each piece as I used for the free motion quilting. I was keeping everything simple. Simple is good.

I used a free motion satin stitch but in hindsight I think I would do a regular satin stitch next time as I would get better coverage on the uneven edges. A wide stitch width is needed for optimal coverage.

Satin stitching around each triangle
Satin stitching around each triangle

 

Using your handy dandy thread snips by Titech snip away the thread ends once the satin stitching is done.

Snipping the threads
Snipping the threads

 

The pillow top is now complete and uses a 12″ pillow form.

The triadic triangle pillow
The triadic triangle pillow

 

It’s been another great week here at QUILTsocial talking about color, contrast and texture. I hope you have had as much fun as I have creating the quilted triangle cushion top and learning all sorts of great tips and techniques. Happy Quilting!

 

 

Jennifer runs Quilts by Jen, a fantastic educational resource for quilters with many great free tutorials ranging from how to choose fabrics, understanding the value of fabrics, pressing, building Bargello runs, pinning, binding, sandwiching, couching, quilting, and much more. Check them out!

1 Comment

  1. Judy Spomer

    I love the modern look of this block.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.

It may take up to 24 hours for your comment to appear above.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.