Triangle quilt information

Whoa!  What happened?  Perhaps it was the arrival of the MQX Teachers Flyer yesterday?  Anyway, many of you have popped in to visit my page today and have questions about the triangle quilt 

Here’s the scoop:  this is one quarter of a quilt originally made by Karen Sikes Collins of Austin, Texas, and it appears in the book Great American Quilts 1988.   The half square triangles are all made into nine-patch blocks.  In Ms. Collins’s quilt, the blocks are 7″ finished.  Mine are 7.5″, as my HSTs are 2.5″ finished.  My quilt will finish at approximately 85″ x 98″, but I may add a bit more to it, as the man for whom I am making it wants it to be king sized.  I’ll just mimic the pattern layout and extend it a bit on one side or the other.  I believe the book is now out of print, but Amazon seems to have used copies available if you want one.  Not only are there other cool quilts in it, there are a few well-known quilters in the book whose appearance may startle you a bit.  Indeed the quilt on the cover of the book is a gorgeous Whig Rose applique’ done by Ami Sims.  Her photo inside the book is so demure that you would never suspect this is the woman who now does the annual dyeing of the underpants!

All piecing instructions in this book will be template-oriented, being a bit before the popularity of rotary cutters.  I’m sure you can adjust your cutting and piecing to today’s methods.  Any questions, just feel free to ask.

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