Saturday, 25 February 2012

Copa Cabana Triangles

Thank you for all your ideas about what to do with the mix of Cosmic Burst and Oakshott I put on the table to play with the other day.  Triangles kept being mentioned over and over and so that set me off down a path to play with triangles.  I have no plans here.  Will this be a quilt, a pillow, a table runner, wall hanging, I don't know, I'm just playing and seeing where I end up which I haven't done in a long time and is what I love doing most of all.


So here is block one straight on.  An equilateral triangle (my favourite kind of triangle this week.  Is that weird to have a favourite kind of triangle?  Maybe), then some sashing, then a wonky cut, then another equilateral triangle, then some more sashing and then another wonky cut so you start and finish with equilateral triangles but they dance about a bit in the meantime.  If you lay the Oashott on the floor, lie down next to it and take a photo, (i) you get a cold tummy because the floor is cold; (ii) your husband rolls his eyes again; and (iii) you get a little glimpse of the fact that, as you walk past this fabric, different parts of it show purple and chartreuse.  A photo does not do this fabric justice.  In my mind, the Oakshott is saying to the Cosmic Burst "yes you may be the star of this show, but don't we make you look good".


What with the fruity colours and all that dancing, I think this quilt or table runner or wall hanging or whatever it might end up being will be called Copa Cabana.  Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl with yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there.  She would merengue and do the cha-cha and while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar.  Across a crowded floor, they worked from 8 till 4.  They were young and they had each other. Who could ask for more?   Oh and if you fancy sewing some Copa Cabana triangles along with me, let me know and I'll post a step-by-step.

28 comments:

  1. Got my sample bits of Oakshott and they certainly do sparkle - may need to place a big order of these....oh dear.

    Love the colour changing ones I so know what you mean - the colours are dancing in front of my eyes! Bliss!

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  2. If I had some oakshott I'd play... I've got the samples and the voucher, and I've been staring at them since August... How do you choose?? I chose a Kaffe Shot once, and I've still got it cos my choice was poor and what I got seems to go with nothing. Really cant afford that to happen with oakshott!

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  3. You know, as much as people wince when Barry Manilow is mentioned, there are some songs of his that are just FUN. Know what I mean? :)

    Oh....nice block too.

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  4. Oh I would love a step by step - that triangle looks fabulous!

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  5. now this is a lovely idea! can't wait to see more of them together.

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  6. Oooh, super fab! And yes, the Cosmic Burst bits sure do seem to sparkle! Really digging this so far :)

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  7. This is a new (to me) take on a triangle. Love it!

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  8. Ooh, love the shimmeriness with the Oakshotts, looks fab

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  9. I have been collecting pictures of a lot of triangle quilts lately. They are just calling to me. Yes, I'd love a tut!

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  10. Lovely triangle -- and perfect timing as I'm posting a triangle-in-triangle block tutorial tomorrow for my do.Good Stitches peeps to make in March :)

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  11. What a fun block, I am going to put it on my list. The shot cottons are really very fun to play with.

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  12. Oh, what a fun block, love it1 And, YES, I'd love to have a step by step!

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  13. Ok, when I was 9, I totally knew all the lyrics to Copa Cabana. Love your triangles, always.

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  14. Am in a triangle mood too... Looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  15. Thanks for making me smile after a long Saturday at work!!

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  16. I am picturing you dancing around as you sing the words to Barry Manilow's song. Looking forward to seeing your triangles. The equilateral is my fav too. I guess we are weird birds, huh?

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  17. Oh, I DO like these :-) Man those colors are fun together :-D

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  18. You do have a thing for Barry right? So love this triangle block!

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  19. oh, you are so clever with your fabric...good for you! And it's completely natural to have a favorite triangle. You mean people don't? ;)

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  20. Of course I have a favorite triangle, and mine is also the equilateral. Anyway, I like where you are heading with the Copa Cabana triangles and will be watching to see where you go with it. I'm always on the lookout for a great design for using my Ricky Tims hand dyes that I've been hoarding for too many years now. I need to use them before they dry rot.

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  21. All of us, brazilian quilters are só Happy with your Tribute for our country!! Thank you Lynne! This block is amazing!

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  22. What a fabulous idea! Are you going to get your skimpy dance costume out and do the merengue or samba for us?!

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  23. I LOVE that triangle and the Oakshott looks amazing!! But really can you stop with the songs??! ;)

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  24. This is a fabulous block. I would love a tutorial

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  25. This is a fabulous block. I would love a tutorial

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  26. favourite kind of triangle? You are letting your cool veneer slip there.

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  27. we also have to let Lucy@charm about you that we can't stop with the songs as it is genetic and hereditary and we can control the song thing as much as Dorothy could control her red shoes.

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