Let’s bring joy and hope to the world as we celebrate spring. Gather ‘Round the Maypole is my response to the Island Batik Ambassador challenge for May 2022. The prompt was “Triangle Tricks” which certainly got my mind spinning.
I love triangles in all their forms. I’m sure some of you are yawning as I repeat my heartfelt devotion to half-square triangles, but I also enjoy flying geese, equilateral triangles, half rectangle triangles…so many variations to keep those creative wheels turning!
Designing with Triangles
For the Triangle Tricks challenge, I focused on the image of a spinning pinwheel, which led me to the idea of ribbons twirling around a Maypole. Here is the resulting quilt:
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I chose the Vintage Lace strip pack as my base fabric palette, and supplemented with additional pink, yellow and green shades for a scrappy finish. Since I started with a strip pack, the design is build around 6″ finished nine patch units.
Gather Round the Maypole triangle blocks
A variety of different triangle blocks come together for the Gather ‘Round the Maypole quilt.
The center pinwheel is created with split nine patch blocks in pink and yellow. I also needed green and yellow blocks for the diagonal sections of the quilt.
Check out this video tutorial and free download for Split Nine Patch blocks:
For the vertical ribbons, I made quarter-square triangle (QST) blocks. The square in the center of the QST block is constructed in the same manner as a double-pinwheel block.
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Quarter Square Triangle blocks
The design needs a yellow nine patch with just one green half square triangle. There is a right and left version of this block, and believe me, it got turned around several times! Amazing how things can go wrong between the design wall and the sewing machine! But it all turns out beautifully in the end and Jack-the-seam-ripper can go back into a dark corner.
Once all the nine patch blocks are pieced, the quilt comes together in sections. I made the corner units as larger nine patch sections and added the QST sections in between.
Final quilting steps
I chose Hobbs Poly-Down batting which has such a cuddly loft. Leaving the pink triangles unquilted creates a puffy three-dimensional aspect to the design.
How are you celebrating the changing seasons?
More Triangle Tricks quilt designs
See the other Triangle Tricks designs from my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors: