Quilts with an Angle Blog Tour Kickoff!

Posted by Sheila Christensen on Apr 16th 2019

Hi! My name is Sheila Christensen, and I am the author of Quilts with an Angle.

I am so excited to share my quilts with you and to show you how my triangle patchwork technique can help anyone make simple but graphically dynamic quilts like Shadowflower, the quilt featured on the front cover of the book

In Quilts with an Angle, you will find all the basic information you need for cutting shapes based on a 60° triangle; triangles, trapezoids, diamonds, parallelograms, hexagons, and jewels each have their own dedicated chapter, with blocks featuring each of the shapes.

I love anything that makes my preparation time shorter, and that is why I started thinking about how I could use a triangle ruler to cut all of these shapes, instead of having to work with templates.

Triangle rulers make the cutting really easy, and all the quilts are machine pieced with straight seams. I've also included tips on fabric selection, fussy cutting, and how to piece these different shapes.

There is also a chapter on strip piecing, which includes one of my favorites, Pot of Gold. I made this quilt using a whole variety of Tula Pink fabrics.

My sewing room is a bedroom of my house, so I am lucky to have space to spread out. However, I only have a small design wall in there. My main design wall is in the living room, and I often leave a quilt up on the wall for a few weeks, spotting things I might want to change while watching TV or as I am walking past.

For Pot of Gold, I started by pinning fabrics to the design wall and playing with the combinations until I was happy.

Even once the blocks were made you might notice quite a few changes from this point to the finished quilt!

Here is Cosmic Rays starting to take shape on the design wall:

And here is the finished quilt:

Playing with these blocks and the secondary patterns they make is so much fun. Most of the quilts are made in pairs, with the same block arranged in a straight setting and in a kaleidoscope setting.

With the blocks from Cosmic Rays, I started by rearranging them on the design wall:

And ended up with Bejewelled: 

I am over the moon with the wonderful photography and design that C&T have put into my book—there is a visual treat on every page.

Mirror Mirror detail

Shadowflower detail

I hope you will follow along with my blog hop to see the insights of these amazing people into my quilts and techniques. Each day there will be a chance to win an ebook of Quilts with an Angle from C&T. You can enter the first giveaway HERE

April 17th: Wendy Welsh wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com

April 18th: Sheila Christensen www.mysteryquilter.com

April 19th: Angie www.gnomeangel.com

April 20th: Juliet van der Heijden www.thetartankiwi.com

April 21st: Kim Moos www.cottoncuts.com/blog

April 22nd: Yvonne Fuchs www.quiltingjetgirl.com

April 23rd: Aurifil www.auribuzz.wordpress.com

April 24th: Jacquie Gering tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com

April 25th: Sheila Christensen www.mysteryquilter.com

You can also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mysteryquilter and on Instagram @mysteryquilter

Have fun making quilts with an angle!

Sheila Christensen

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