Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Serenitea Quilt

Thanks to motivation from The Sassy Quilter's Triangle Quilt Along, I have managed to finish my triangle top just in time to enter into her last-chance link-up! Woo!

Serenitea, front

The design is simple enough-- lots and lots of 4.5" equilateral triangles. They were super-easy to cut out using my Hex N More ruler. A bit of starch before cutting and careful handling made them pretty easy to work with as well. The print fabrics are all from Patty Young's Sanctuary collection from Michael Miller Fabrics that came out a few years ago. The solids are Kona cottons in Glacier, Medium Gray, Spring Green, and Bahama Blue.

Serenitea, quilting detail

For this one, I went wavy lines all over. I knew I wanted something with some curve to it, and that would give it some texture. I looked about for inspiration and found a couple of triangle quilts (here and here) quilted with wavy lines and really liked the effect, so I went for it. Aurifil Mako 50/2 in Light Juniper (2845), a pretty sea green-colored thread, was used for all of the quilting.

Serenitea,back view

Continuing on my perpetual quest to use my stash, I pieced together the back with fabrics I had on hand. I can't even remember how long ago I bought that pretty blue/green print...

Serenitea, quilting detail, back

The quilting really shines on the solid sections of the back.

Serenitea, detail view of binding

I decided to leave the jagged triangle edges along the sides mostly to have the experience of binding them. I used a a couple of tutorials from Jaybird Quilts to guide me through the binding process: "Quilt Binding Basics, Part 2" for cutting the bias binding; then "How to Bind 120° Angles Tutorial" as a guide for dealing with the funky edges.

Serenitea, another view of binding

As I didn't have quite enough striped fabric to get around the whole quilt, I used a bit of Kona Green Tea to supplement. I wasn't sure about the stripes at first, but I loved how well the colors went with the fabrics in the top so used it anyway. It actually doesn't look too bad!

Serenitea, label

My mother-in-law's favorite colors are teal and turquoise, so I've decided that this quilt will be for her. She is a tea drinker and I found a beautiful tea cup on Etsy that matches the quilt beautifully that I will give to her at the same time. The cup is what inspired me to name this one the "Serenitea Quilt."

Serenitea, artfully draped on a chair

I think this will make a happy Christmas gift-- now the trick is managing to wait until then to give it to her!


  1. Congrats on your awesome finish. It is gorgeous and your mother in law will love it.
    Great job on the binding. I haven't ever done anything like that before.

  2. I love, love, love the wavy lines!!! Beautiful finish and very serene:) What a special gift and a cup to match...perfect! I hope you can make it:)

  3. So very, very pretty. I believe you can never go wrong with stripes in a binding.