Friday, October 25, 2013

Modern Rocket Launch Club Triangle Quilt (Bloggers Quilt Festival Entry)

My second choice for Blogger's Quilt Festival was a bit harder.  I've been trying so many fun and different patterns, that I feel like my quilting has shown a lot of growth.  This one is a particular favorite because I love both the prints and the overall composition of it...and I love that it's made from leftover scraps, so I'm entering it in the scrap quilt division.

Title: Modern Rocket Launch Boys Triangle Quilt
Made by: Me (Polly Carlson)
Size: Approx 36"x 40"
Division: Scrap Quilt
Techniques: Home Machine Quilting


I just love the Rocket Launch Club prints in Sarah Jane's Children at Play line.  They're getting hard to find, but you can still find a lot of the collection on Amazon or Etsy if you look around.

I love the little boys playing around doing brainy things.  My husband is a physics teacher and his family is such that shooting off model rockets is a common family reunion activity.

I bought a bunch of the Children at Play fabrics about 8 months ago to make the hexagon quilt for Anson...which is still unfinished...

Anyway, I had lots of these 5" equilateral triangles left over after cutting out Anson's whole hexagons.  I'm always a sucker for scraps, and with these all being cut to the same size, I just couldn't toss them.  Then I saw this quilt from Lee at Freshly Pieced and I knew exactly what kind of quilt those triangles would go into.

The white is Kona Cotton in white.  I just cut out a whole bunch of triangles from it and had fun laying them out.  I didn't have any particular design in mind except that I wanted it to look pretty random with clumps of white and clumps of color with different patterns popping out all over the place.

I kept the stripes all going the same direction and tried to balance the amount of red, green, and blue through the quilt, but still let there be clumps of each one in a few places.

We've been getting more fall weather lately, so I'm going to have to be make sure to take advantage of good weather when I get it.  The sky was beautiful when I was photographing it...perfect rocket launching weather.
I wanted something basic and simple for the back since the front has a lot going on with it.  I opted for the blue polka dots from the front and Kona White and Grass Green in off center stripes for the back.

I didn't think of it at the time, but it kind of makes me think of the green stripey fabric on the front.

The binding is machine sewn from Kona Grass Green.

I quilted in white about 1/4 inch off the seam on both sides, so that the overall pattern is lots of triangles with these fun six pointed stars in each place the triangles meet.

I love how it looks on the back.
I really love how it turned out.  As in I wish I had an excuse to keep it...but I don' I've listed it in my shop.

I'd also like to invite you to check out my Quilts Page where I've got a browsable archive of all my quilts that I've blogged about, with links to my free patterns and tutorials as well as lots of pictures of other finished quilts.

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  1. it's great! I love the randomness of the layout! Enjoy the festival :-)

  2. Great little boys' quit! I love the random layout!

  3. Fun layout. It turned out beautifully!


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