Tomorrow is the first day of school here in Las Vegas. My youngest is going to be starting high school. I felt like this was the perfect time to give his room an update. While he was dragging his feet about it at first, once we got the project going, he was loving his new space. After cleaning out his closet, painting, hanging new art, and installing a new fan, I thought the project was done but then he asked me to make him a new bedspread to go with the new look! We went through my Pinterest board full of patterns I’ve been drooling over and he picked out a modern quilt by Nicole at Mama Love Quilts. The link is a video of her showing a brilliant technique of using freezer paper to make large shapes. My son is all things engineering and Nasa so rockets and satellites were his choice for art over his headboard. He picked out this new fan at Lowe's and with only a little bit of my help, he did most of the installation!
The first step to making this quilt was to draw out a pattern. I used graph paper to make it really easy to get the finished quilt size I wanted and to make it easy to take my design and enlarge it on the freezer paper.
Freezer paper is amazing because one side has a plastic coating that warms with a hot dry iron and sticks to fabric. It can be easily peeled off and then applied again and again. It even sticks to itself, which is how I got a piece big enough to make the shapes I needed. You can easily see the seam in the freezer paper. The freezer paper seam ended up coming in really handy as a mark to line up the seams later so with the next section, I added a mark on all the seams.
After drawing out the pattern, I labeled the order I wanted to sew the pieces in and the color of the shape. The labeling also gave orientation to all the shapes which made putting it back together easier. The pattern sews in the mirror image of the drawn pattern. Next I ironed each shape onto the the coordinating fabric and using a rotary cutter, cut a quarter inch around for the seam allowance.
After all the prep work, it comes together pretty quickly! Here’s the first quarter of the quilt top! My baby is almost 6 feet tall so he wanted a good sized quilt but this size in the photo would make a perfect baby quilt and could easily be put together in one afternoon. Okay time to go make the next section. Happy quilting! Modern Triangles Part 2