The Story of a Quilt

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I have this ability to make up a sad background story for just about anything. The latest one is about this bag of vintage quilt materials, mostly already cut into a bunch of equilateral triangles, that I picked up from a thrift store this past Saturday.

Once upon a time, there was a grandma who liked to spend her lonely time cutting various fabric into equilateral triangles to be sewn together into quilts. But then she died and her family who didn't care much about quilts sent her belongings, including her quilt materials, to a Salvation Army that later priced her hard work a hefty 99 cents. She must've spent hours of her precious time cutting all those materials and yet it only worth 99 cents! Actually, it was more like 50 cents (it was a half-price day for green tag items). I thought it was so depressing that I have made it a project to make a pretty quilt throw out of it, just to make myself feel better.

Anyway, I've been looking at free quilt patterns since and apparently there aren't too many patterns that use equilateral triangles. In fact, I didn't find any patterns I could use at all. I only found some pictures of what people did with them. The Millennium Pyramid Quilt and this zigzag one are especially interesting. But damn if they don't look like a lot of work. The former is more so than the latter so maybe I'll try to make a highly simplified version of the latter. I'm sure it would make the unknown, potentially dead grandma of my story proud of me.


  1. Jill
    March 9, 2009

    Sew sets of two tri­an­gles togeth­er to make squares — there are *tons* of quilt pat­terns you can make using squares :)
    My sister’s baby is due in May… I have to get going on my niece’s quilt soon!

  2. Firda
    March 9, 2009

    It doesn’t work that way with equi­lat­er­al tri­an­gles. Two of them makes a dia­mond, not a square. Would be so much eas­ier if they were half-square tri­an­gles.
    Good luck with the quilt­ing!

  3. Jill
    March 9, 2009

    Bum­mer :(

  4. tia
    March 10, 2009

    you real­ly know how to keep your­self busy, and good at it, too
    I wish I could have a lit­tle more patience, at least towards my tod­dler lol

  5. Mikan
    December 17, 2009

    Saya suka blog bahasa indone­sia-nya mba fir­da, kena­pa tidak ada lagi? Tulisan Fir­da apa adanya, and I like It..


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