This triangle quilt is very quick to sew and a great project for a beginning quilter. If you like this quilt project you may also enjoy this Hexagon Quilt Tutorial.
We just returned from getting my daughter set up for her 2nd year of college. I can’t believe she’s old enough for college, let alone old enough to be starting her second year!
Before she graduated High School she picked out some fabric that she liked for a quilt for her dorm room. She went with Out to Sea by Sarah Jane, as she’s a huge fan of pink and navy. We ordered the fabric, then it sat. Distracted by all of the deadlines I had to meet the last year her project never made it to the top of the “to do” list. How does that saying about the shoemaker’s children go???
She was in London over the summer for study abroad and I decided that I’d finish the quilt while she was gone. That way she could take it to school with her this year.
She left the design of the quilt up to me, in fact, she had no opinion on the layout. I had been itching to make a triangle quilt and thought this would be a great project for it.
How I made my Triangle Quilt:
The quilt was made cutting triangles using the Jaybird Quilts Hex and More ruler (you can get one at Fat Quarter shop) . The ruler is designed to cut several different shapes but I just used it for it’s simplest application, triangles.
To make this quilt all you really need is ANY triangle ruler. I would not pick one that is too small in size though. As for fabric yardage estimates, I think this quilt is best made “scrappy”. With that in mind, it works well for a “stash buster” quilt. Meaning you can use up some of your stashed and leftover fabrics while making it.
You can also purchase a Fat Quarter stack of fabric. It will give you a lot of variations of prints and colors to make a quilt similar to this one.
Laying Out the Triangles for the Quilt:
There wasn’t too much rhyme or reason to how I cut the triangles, I cut several out of different fabrics then laid them out on a design wall to balance out the lights and darks.
After I had a layout for the quilt that I liked, I removed the triangles from the design wall one row at a time and stitched them together.
I pressed the seams to one side and labeled the row, then moved on to sewing the next row. I kept doing that until all the rows were sewn.
After that, I then stitched the rows together.
I didn’t write up a tutorial for this quilt, but it is constructed almost identically to my Halloween Hexagon Quilt from last year. Cut out the shapes, arrange as you like then sew together in rows.
If you’re the type that needs a full pattern to work from, you can find a great Triangle Quilt Pattern over at Jeni Baker’s site.
If you’re ok with “winging it” then give this technique a try!
How I quilted my Triangle Quilt:
I had considered free motion quilting the quilt (or even sending it out to be quilted) then I decided with all of the straight lines on the quilt that it would look best with straight line quilting. My BERNINA 710 is a dream for this kind of project, and I was able to finish quilting it in about an hour or so.
I used 40 WT white Aurifil thread for the top and 50 WT thread in my bobbin. I love the way the stitches on the top look with the heavier 40 WT thread, so nice and distinct.
For the back she wanted chevron. I think I’m about “over” chevron by now, but it’s what she wanted. Plus I was able to order the Riley Blake 108″ wide quilt back which meant I didn’t have to piece the back.
Now it’s done… a year late, but hey…. done!
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