When I started making the Metropolitan Tree Skirt for the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 issue (check it out at the Quilt & Sew Shop if you haven’t seen it), I began thinking about how versatile and fun working with 60-degree triangles could be. I spent a little too much time arranging and rearranging the patches of the tree skirt on my design wall, because there’s so many cool ways to rotate and combine the different patches to get wildly different looks. So as a way to explore this idea, I decided to cut some smaller triangles after the tree skirt was done and have a little fun with them.
I cut triangles from strips that were about 4 1/4″ wide. I explained how I decided on this measurement, and how to cut the triangles, on a recent video for Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community, which can be viewed in its entirety on QNNtv.com. When the triangles are joined together, they ended up being strips of the perfect width to make one my favorite-ever projects, the Eye Candy glasses cases. This pattern is in 2103′s Best Christmas Quilts issue, which is still available at the Quilt & Sew Shop.
I really love making these cases, and I’m not sure I could tell you all the reasons. They go together really quickly. They hold glasses and sunglasses (or pens, or other stuff) like nobody’s business. I carry several of them in my purse for different items and I love using them. Other people seem to like receiving them, too. And of course, like any quilted thing, you can put any combination of fabric to personalize it. My husband asked me why I keep making them and he thinks I should move on to other things, but I really just like this project. A lot.
So I started with a bunch of triangles to mix and match one Saturday morning, and by the end of the weekend I had 5 new cases. These particular triangle patches have a variety of stripes and it was cool to try out the different combinations. Let’s take a look at all the cases!
You may notice that I machine stitched the bias binding to the back, rather than hand sew it down. Like Lori, I avoid handwork if I can. If the stitching is a little wobbly, no big deal, because I got it done in a fraction of the time. And since I use my cases pretty heavily, I like that the binding is very secure.
The only change that I made to the written pattern for this batch of cases is cutting the angle at the top/opening of the case at 60-degress, rather than 45. It’s a nod to the triangles themselves, but I also found that it provides a little more space for the bias binding so it doesn’t bulk up in that area. If you haven’t tried this pattern, I highly recommend it, even though I may be a bit biased about it. Christmas is coming up and if you like to sew gifts, these are fast and fun to make and well appreciated by the recipients.