Quilting with Triangles — 5 Patterns to Try

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012

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Besides patchwork squares and rectangles, triangles are one of the most popular shapes in quilting. With triangles, it's easy to become intimidated by their sharp angles and precise piecing, but there are lots of free tutorials to teach you the steps needed to create stunning triangle quilt blocks.

half square triangles tutorial in color order
One of the most popular ways to make patchwork triangles is to start off with the half square triangle, which can be formed from two fabric squares. You'll need a sewing machine, ruler and rotary cutter to follow this tutorial. Half square triangles offer endless possibilities for quilting designs, such as Jeni's HST Block of the Month series, with free quilting with triangles tutorials throughout the year.
Get the half-square triangles tutorial at In Color Order, as part of the Warm Cool Quilt Along with a free quilt pattern.
scrappy triangles quilt tutorial
Are fabric scraps ruling over your stash? Learn how to make a festive and vibrant scrappy triangles quilt from the leftovers of your other quilting projects. This free tutorial will allow you to make a quilt in a custom size, based on the width and length of your rows.
Get the scrap attack triangles quilt tutorial from Stitched in Color.
It's a bird . . . it's a plane. These flying geese quilt blocks are fun to make and offer tons of new possibilities for quilting with triangles. Use vintage sheets or modern designer fabric for a contemporary look, and use these blocks to make a variety of blocks in the Oh My Stars! Quilt Along with lots of free quilt block patterns.
Thought & Found has the flying geese how-to.
scrappy triangles quilt tutorial film in the fridge
Triangles, meet stripes. Learn how to make a beautiful striped triangle block, and alternate with strips of your favorite quilting fabrics. The finished blocks are rectangular when the border is added, and can easily be pieced together for a lap blanket.
Get the quilting with triangles tutorial at Film in the Fridge, and check out her other quilting tutorials.
If you're ready for more of an advanced triangles quilt pattern, try this design from Camille Roskelley. It offers a combination of techniques and pairs triangles with diamonds and stars for a stunning finished product. 
The Hopscotch Quilt Pattern is available as a PDF download at the Thimble Blossoms shop.

Photo credits: In Color Order, Stitched in Color, Thought & Found, Film in the Fridge, Thimble Blossoms.

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