The Lily Pad: The Journal of White Lotus Quilting

Thangles are here! And Buck-a-block is too!

Posted in Block of the Month (BOM),news by whitelotusquilting on November 17, 2009
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Okay, fabric wranglers, we’ve finally got all of the Thangles triangle paper sizes in for your piecing convenience.  There’s a new pegboard wall in my studio with Thangles and patterns as well as fabrics from Sew Batik and Kona Bay.
Sewing with Thangles

Never sewn with Thangles before?  No worries.  They are simple, easy and fun.  The paper makes it easy to sew half-square triangles accurately so that your quilt blocks are nice and square when you’re done.  Well, that is, if you get that little thing called a quarter-inch seam under control :).  (think of the quarter-inch seam like a medical or spiritual practice, something you do all the time and constantly improve but may never achieve complete mastery, rather than something you’ll conquer in an evening, and it will save your sanity!)

You can find a video at the Thangles home page that shows you how to sew with them, and how to press and trim them afterwards.  Plus there are some great pre-packaged patterns that I’m also carrying, that contain the triangle paper and the pattern, that are featured on the site.

Thangles also produces a block of the month program that their shops can host, so I picked that up as well.  It’s called the ‘buck-a-block’ because the customers get the fabric and pattern for each of the 12 blocks for a dollar each (plus sales tax).  Not much of a money maker for me, but a great opportunity for my clients to play with the Thangles paper and see how they like sewing with it.  And if you have fun with the paper, then you might sew patchwork more, and there might be more finished quilt tops in the universe!  All good things for a longarm quilter.

You can see the 2009 Buck-a-block quilt here.  Be sure to click on the alternate colorway so you can see how different the quilt can look based on the fabric you choose.  Here at my studio my middle-school sewers and a handful of my quilting clients are already making blocks of the month, and each person has chosen a different fabric.  Here are the first two blocks in the black/white/color scheme I chose:

Thangles BOM quilt 2009

Thangles BOM quilt 2009

One more picture, of the finished quilt top:

Thangles BOM quilt 2009

If you want to see more, here’s a link my Thangles photo album on flickr, including some pics of sewing with Thangles.  I wouldn’t want to sew triangles without them!

Interested in Thangles patterns or the Buck-a-block quilt?  There’s still time to jump in.  Just e-mail me and I’ll send you the details.

Happy sewing, all!