Triangulations 3.0 also includes templates for making flying geese, individual ones or chains of them -- and it struck me that this new tool of mine would lend itself wonderfully to Thimbleberry's "Swoon" quilt design. I have seen some gorgeous versions of Swoon over the past few months, and then Katy started a swoon-along that has been tempting me (and about 600 other quilters)...but with so much on my plate it didn't seem wise to even dip a toe in that pool. Nevertheless, with exploration of Triangulations as my justification, I did -- I stitched up one Swoon block last night, using two favourite fabrics (brown "henna garden" and a blue-on-brown dot from Lecien basics) and over the next several months I plan to continue (slowly) adding blue-and-brown Swoons to make a summer-weight quilt for our bed.
Starting at the end, here is the block I made:
And here are a few process shots. I know the piecing of this block has been causing a few headaches for many people, but I honestly found it pretty fun and straightforward. It may be that all those tiny Farmer's Wife blocks have raised my tolerance level for fussy piecing (and the unpicking-resewing routine).
The 3.5" HSTs needed for this block can be sewn 8 at a time (8-per-sheet), which happens to be the exact number needed (in this case) of the brown-and-background HSTs and the brown-and-blue HSTs. I only needed 4 blue dot-and-background HSTs, so used a template sheet cut in half.
Clear as mud, right? If anyone wants a clearer explanation of how Triangulations works, I can give it a try. But a quick viewing of this video should do the trick!
Good info, I make HSTs 8 at a time but still have to trim to fine tune, this looks interesting. And your swoon block is lovely.
Love your Swoon!!!
Love your Swoon block!
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