Evelyn's Triangle Quilt

Evelyn's Triangle Quilt

I finally did it, I finally made my first quilt, start to finish!

My First Quilt - Evelyn's Triangle Quilt

Before I jump into that though, let me apologize for the crickets around here lately. 

I don't know what it is about September (especially since I don't have school aged kids), but the shift in seasons always seems to leave me totally crazy busy, and somewhat overwhelmed.

While this space is first and foremost a passion project, I still have goals to update it for you on a mostly regular basis. 

But sometimes life gets in the way!

I would much rather be a little quieter, than turn my joy and passion into stress over deadlines. 

I do have lots in the works behind the scenes, just with a few snags or set backs in my process, so I promise this is not dying down already!

I've just hit a few speed bumps. 

So please bear with me, and thank you in advance!

My First Quilt - Evelyn's Triangle Quilt

Alright, back to quilting.

My First Quilt - Evelyn's Triangle Quilt

I might have been a little in over my head starting my second quilt top (I have an unfinished hand quilting piece floating around out there) with a triangle piece pattern. 

And yes, I might have rushed some parts of this process. 

But I still love it, and so does Evelyn, so I think we'll be ok. 

But I sure did learn a lot! 

Like taking time to accurately cut your pieces (who would have thought).

My First Quilt - Evelyn's Triangle Quilt

And that if your dogs destroy your perfectly smoothed quilt back by running all over it before you can sandwich it, take just as much care and time the second round to avoid folds in your quilting. 

But this is how we learn and grow, right guys?

With that being said, I loved this pattern, and this process. 

I used the See Kate Sew pattern for her Triangle Quilt Tutorial and I used her updated Triangle Pattern Piece for easy, sharp points. 

As I said above, I rushed my own triangle cutting and piecing, and am still really pretty pleased with my triangles, so imagine if I had fully followed her fabulous instructions!

I'd have to say though, that my favorite part of this quilt building process was hand stitching the binding. I really enjoyed the portability and relaxation of this part, and thought it was the perfect way to kick back and really enjoy the final step of a project. 

You guys, I have to be honest here for a minute. 

I started this quilt shortly after Evelyn’s first birthday. 

She’s almost two and a half now.

This small quilt took me a year and a half to complete.

My First Quilt - Evelyn's Triangle Quilt

Why did it take me so long?

Yes, I was busy (aren’t we always anymore?).

But is that an excuse?

No.

So what’s the real reason it took so long?

It’s because I was afraid.

I was intimidated by how much I didn’t know and how little skill I had going into this.

And that’s ok, that’s normal.

But should it have stopped me?

Again, no!

Evelyn had a hard time letting me have the quilt long enough to photograph it, so I guess that's a good thing :)

Evelyn had a hard time letting me have the quilt long enough to photograph it, so I guess that's a good thing :)

This quilt is nowhere near perfect.

I could name 10 flaws for every 1 thing I feel I did really well at.

But you know what?

I did it.

I learned so much, and grew so much, and honestly enjoyed the process.

And my girl has a lovingly handmade quilt to cuddle under.

AND I will never have to make my first quilt again!

So, I just want to say, if there’s anything you’re afraid of doing (but still really want to do) - just do it already! 

You’ll only be relieved and excited in the end.

I promise!! 

So tell me, what project are you afraid to start, or finish?

Let me know in the comments below! Or, tag me in an Instagram post with @Peoniesandcream or #Peoniesandcream.

 

I am in no way affiliated with See Kate Sew, I just truely enjoyed her quilt pattern and template. 

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