24 February 2015

Corn and Beans: A Quilting Adventure

PART THREE: The Three-piece Triangle

The second component of the corn and beans quilt is the three-piece triangle. It is comprised of three two-inch Jacobean triangles and one two-inch green hounds tooth triangle.

To create this triangle, the sewing lines need to be extended.

Trim the excess.

Then pin one of the Jacobean triangles to the corner of the green triangle.

Sew the two triangles together,

then press the triangles open.

Pin and sew another Jacobean triangle to another corner of the green triangle.

Press the triangle open.

Pin and sew the third Jacobean triangle to the base of the green triangle.

Press open the Jacobean triangle.

The completed triangles...so far...


Pieces per triangle: 4
Number of four-piece triangles per finished quilt size: 288 

Number of four-piece triangles completed: 82
Individual pieces cut: Green hounds tooth: 82 of 288

                                        Jacobean triangles: 296 of 990

08 February 2015

Corn and Beans: A Quilting Adventure

PART TWO: The Center Block

The center block is the largest, and consists of four four-inch triangles of two fabrics sewn together to create a eight-inch square.

To create the triangles, I cut out two cardboard patterns, one that is four inches and the other larger to create the seam allowance.

After cutting out the fabric, the next step was extending the outline of the four-inch triangle to create the sewing lines,

and pinning the two triangles together

then sewing them.

Next, the two triangles are pressed open

and the sewing line extended across the top of the fabric.

Laying out the other triangles making certain that the pieces of fabric are opposite each other follows,

then sewing them together.

After trimming the excess,

both sets of triangles are sewn together,

and the seam pressed open.


The finished square:

For directions, I relied heavily on the Quilting Assistant.


Pieces per center square: 4
Number of squares per finished quilt size: 72 
Individual pieces cut: 288 (144 of each color)


Corn and Beans: A Quilting Adventure

PART ONE: The Pattern

After making quilts for the girls, I was inspired to make a quilt for ourselves. 

I began searching for traditional quilt patters and came across something called Corns and Beans which, according to Popular Patchwork, was named for "the staple diet for many settlers and pioneers in America." Quilting Assistant described the pattern as "a bright, sunny block comprised of right triangles in three sizes using three fabrics." The site also stated that the block was "traditionally worked up in white, gold and green, this block's colors are reminiscent of a summer's vegetable harvest".

For me, the number three has significance, perhaps because of its repetition in myths, legends and fairy tales. The thought of a quilt comprised of triangles, three different sizes and three different colors or patterned fabric appealed. Plus the quilt pattern is, quite simply, stunning. Here are some examples:

Once the pattern for the quilt was chosen, the next step was choosing the fabric. For two of the fabrics, I fixed on a Jacobean-patterned cotton and brown cotton paisley. As my husband likes green, he chose a houndstooth pattern of dark green and green.

The next step: putting the blocks together....

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