Thursday, May 16, 2013

Triangle Thursday #16

This design is number 1181 in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It is attributed to Nancy Page with no date listed. As often seen, the block acquired additional names through the years.  In 1938 the “Kansas City Star” named the block a “Quilt of Variety.”  Then in 1941 it became “The Quint Five Quilt.”  My guess is this is a reference to the Dionne Quintuplets who were born in 1934 and became a major tourist attraction.  You can search for more information on the quints, the first quintuplets to survive infancy. You can find a printer friendly version here. 

Cutting directions are for 6”
Number to cut
Background Squares
3 ½”
Various Fabrics Triangles
1 ½” triangle template

Here are the pieces for one section laid out.
Sew the triangles onto opposing corners.  Make sure the points are toward the center and the blunt edges are even with the background fabric.  Stitch exactly ¼” away from the long cut edge.  Iron the triangles toward the outer corners. 

You can choose to leave the background fabric under the points or trim them at ¼”.  One thing to watch for is that the triangle pieces actually cover the background fabric or at least a enough to catch in a seam. I decided to trim mine to eliminate the excess bulk. I squared up the blocks before I trimmed though to make sure what was there was accurate.

Here are four sections ready to be sewn into rows.  

 Here are the two rows. I ironed the seam open to eliminate bulk.

Before you sew, see what else you can do with this block!  I’ve seen these two together called hugs and kisses.  Wouldn’t they make a cute Valentine’s Day quilt in white, reds and pinks? 

Sew the two rows together matching the centers and the triangles. Your all done.  A quick, easy block.

To change the look of this block consider using either the 1” or 2” triangle templates.  The 1” would show lots more of the background fabric while the 2” would show much less.  Consider what size scrap triangles you have left.  Change the size of the background square to use the triangles you have left.  Have fun playing with this design.

Did you miss Triangle Thursday last week?  I’ve decided to post TT on the first and third Thursday every month.  If I were truly organized I would have a bunch of these already written up and ready to post.  I don’t!  I do them every week!

Happy Quilting All!

1 comment:

  1. I remember seeing magazine photos of the Dionne quints that my mother clipped out. The quints were quite rare in the days before fertilization clinics.


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