Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Building Pyramids

My Pyramid top is complete. Lately, I've been enjoying these type of quilts that use lots of different fabrics from many different lines. It also used up some scraps!


I thought you might like a few tips in case you're thinking about making a Pyramid quilt too!

Mine was cut from 3 1/2" strips using a 60 degree ruler. My ruler has a squared off tip and I like that I can easily tell where the straight grain is on the triangle when they end up pin a big messy pile.

My rows have 31 triangles and I was able to cut 16 triangles from a strip. This was nice because one strip of solid made one row. (16 solid and 15 print or vice versa). No, I didn't plan it that way, it was a happy accident!


The trickiest part is matching all those points. I do it by peeling back the top layer and lining up the points.


Then I put a pin just past each point. That way I've sewn the point before I have to remove the pin.


With all the seams pressed open, I can see exactly where the point is as I'm sewing. And most of them came out pretty close!


I'm happy with the effect of going dark to light! And a little design tip - If you use a print triangle that closely matches the solid that surrounds it, you get what looks like a big triangle. Notice the yellow one?


And I think I found the perfect backing fabric in my stash. Love when that happens!


Now on to quilting! . . . Cindy

15 comments:

  1. You have inspired me to add a pyramid quilt in my future : ) Yours is a beauty!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful! Thank you for the tip on how you pin your triangles too! I am definitely going to try this someday!

    ReplyDelete
  3. gorgeous!!! it can live at my house if you get bored with it :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Stunning; the simplicity of the design with the fabrics you have chosen work so well together.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I really like it and the colors are so summery. This has to go on my list!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Ohh, your quilt is gorgeous and I love the little tutorial.Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh, Cindy, I really like this.. so calming and so pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Love it! This is definitely on my list of things I want to try.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lovely...very effective...the top prints really pop when you use the lighter solids...looks great well done!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is so pretty, Cindy! Thanks for the tips.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is gorgeous. I really like your colour layout.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks so much for taking time to comment!