I decided to do a post with the details of my triangle quilt! I got so many great compliments and people were asking for a how-to. This is going to be sort of like a step-by-step but you need to know the basics of sewing and quilting at least. This was a beginning quilting class I took, myself, at Sew Modern in Los Angeles!

1. Materials:

Basically, you need 1/3 yards of 16-26 prints. Depends on the variety you want in your quilt. You also need some batting (twin or queen size) and about 4 yards of backing. Also, I highly recommend you purchase the 60º ruler HERE on Amazon. Its a great one to have in your sewing stash and its the one used for this quilt.

And other quilting stuff like rotary cutter, basting pins, etc.

2. Cutting & Arranging Pieces:

Start with cutting 2 triangles of each print. Start arranging however you like, then decide how many more to cut of which fabrics to fill your holes. Points match up with points, sides to sides.

3. Sew, sew, sew:

Sew triangles together by row. Then match rows up by first matching seams. This will make sure you are as close as possible to lining up points. Also, its easy to stretch and pull a little here and there if the cuts of your triangles vary a little. No one will notice and try not to be too anal about it. Sew rows together. 1/4 inch seam allowance on EVERYTHING!

4. Iron:

You need to steam iron the backside where the seams are. Don’t press them open. The point is to press them down so they are less bulky. Press them in what ever direction they naturally want to lay. Just get them as flat as possible.

5. Tape, Pin, Quilt:

If you have a method you like for making a quilt sandwich and finishing your quilt in general, then go for it! If you dont have a way, you can try what I did 🙂

Use masking tape to tape down your back fabric, wrong side up! Then your batting. Tape it down too. Then the quilt top right side up. You want to tape it kind of taught because you want to pin it with little slack so that you don’t quilt over any wrinkles and create puckers. SMALL PUCKERS WILL HAPPEN! Its impossible for no wrinkles to happen at all, you just don’t want giant spots that were unsmoothed. Pin your fabric with the curved basting pins no further apart that a hands width from each other. Start in the middle and work your way to the edges, smoothing with your hands as you go. You will use a lot of them. Make sure the pin goes through all 3 layers! Now you are ready to quilt! I chose straight vertical lines, but you could do them on a diagonal or free form I guess. I just winged it so the widths between the stitched lines varied and they were not exactly straight but I didn’t mind. Remove the pins as you go. After you quilt it, cut off all the extra fabric, making it into the clean edges. In doing so, you will be cutting the end triangles in half.

<—- back taped down.

<—- after pinning, mine wasnt smooth enough so I repinned (without taping a second time) and just really smoothed as I went. Still from the middle out.

6. Make Binding and Attach Binding:

The binding you make isn’t going to be cut on the bias. Instead, you will cut 2 1/2 inch strips out of your 1/3 yards of fabric. Start by folding your yardage in half, then cut your strips, vertically. So each cut strip is 2x as long. Sew your binding strips together. If you don’t know how, diagram below. Then press your long binding strip in half (wrong sides together) so its now single fold binding tape. Learn how to make your binding HERE from Ava Landen. Make sure to fold your binding in half and press.

Now its time to start attaching your binding. Match up the raw edge of your binding with the raw edge of the back side of your quilt. Sew around with a 1/4 seam allowance. Don’t pin the binding, just position it as you go.. trust me, its better that way.  Make sure when you get to a corner, you make a mitered corner. Sew all the way to the end, finish off, then fold the strip over itself to make a 90˚ angle. Then fold again back the other way along the side of the quilt. Learn how to do a mitered corner HERE from About.com

Stop about 8″ from your start spot. You need to attach the ends of the binding seamlessly like the rest of it. Use this video tutorial from “Sew Modern” (where I took my class). Finish sewing the binding to the back.

8. Blind Stitch to Finish:

Now, fold the binding over to the right side and finish off with a blind stitch.

All Done!

  Stoli bomb

HUGE thanks to Sew Modern for this class! It got me hooked on quilting. And also, this is their quilt pattern, not mine. All the high-fives belong to them. 🙂

~Leasa

  1. Dottie Wilson says:

    Thank you so much for this info. It makes it so much easier, for new quilters like me, to see a picture and know exactly how to do something . I will be looking for more.
    Thanks Again,
    Dottie

    • Piece says:

      You are totally welcome! I hope you come back again soon! I do lots of crafting and have only recently been including it on my blog 🙂

    • Piece says:

      Thank you! Silly me for not putting the final dimensions! haha! 73″ x 42″ so a little long and narrow… perfect throw size quilt!

    • Piece says:

      Of course! I used 2 Dr Seuss fabrics, fabrics from the Cloud 9 Organics line called “Monsterz”, 2 retro prints of space ships & vehicles from Birch Organics called “Circa 52”, and the remainder were random finds at my local Jo Anns! The 2 back fabrics are an orange chevron (med or large) and a Riley Blake polka dot called “Apple of my eye”. Thanks for the compliment!!

  2. ELizabeth says:

    I wonder if you have any advice on sewing the triangles together? I have a triangle quilt cut, it has been cut for going on 4 years now, but every time I sit down to sew the triangles together they get all fouled up, stretched or, something else goes wrong and I don’t end up with a row that I can sew together to another row. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you! Quilt (and baby!) are beautiful.
    Elizabeth

    • Piece says:

      Triangles seem to be more difficult because they are cut on the bias or the grain of the fabric which allow them to stretch more, even when we don’t want them to. When I pieced my triangles together, I tried not to fuss over them. I let the tension of my presser foot be a little lighter and I didn’t pull my fabric through. I let the foot walk it at its own pace. I had more trouble piecing rows together actually. I couldn’t always get points to match up and it was driving me nuts! The instructor told me not to be so anal about it. That handmade quilts are not meant to be perfect. If you look close to mine there are few that line up perfectly. However, what has worked for me the most, is to pin at all the points first when pinning rows together. THEN go and pin in between. This is where I could see some triangles had a little more fabric between 2 points than others (from imperfect piecing of those triangles) and I would either bunch them a little or stretch a little as it would go through the machine. All in all, the instructor was right! Everyone looks at the whole of my quilt and has nothing but compliments! Good luck!

  3. Corina says:

    Wow! Now I feel I can really DYI this project! Thx mucho for taking the time to putting it together! I’m very new @ this ok. Question: materials 1/3 16-26. How many did u actually used for your??? I want to attempt making it for my sisters new born. Do suppose the size u made yours is a good size? Or shoulda I go a bit smaller? If I go a bit smaller how much 1/3 ‘s do I need to buy??? Thx sorry for so much amateur questions :/
    Blessings.

    • Piece says:

      That’s great! Looks like I used 19 or 20 prints. The size I made would be great for any age! I would say, consider the style of fabrics you want to use first. If you want a very baby-ish quilt then “crib” size would be fine. That would work well up through toddler but not much older than that. If you want something the little one can use for a while, I would go with throw size which is around this size. The great thing about this quilt is that you can easily add and take away whole rows! Same with the amount of triangles on the sides making it wider. My end of row pieces aren’t actual triangles because I was running out of the prints so I had to make do. Plan your quilt using full triangles so you can move things around as you lay it out. We started with cutting 2 triangles from each print I believe. Then we started laying it out and could see where the quilt was needing more of this or that. Then we would cut another triangle of the needed fabrics and fill in the gaps! Good luck!

    • Piece says:

      the range of 16-26 is there as a guide. The more fabrics you use, the less number of triangles of each fabric you will have. Make sense? Like if you choose 26 you will have a triangle of each and maybe 2 of a few fabrics. If you chose 16 then you may have 3 triangles of each fabric! You can use this range to determine the size of your quilt too. If you decide to do crib size, I wouldn’t choose 26 fabrics. It will be so hard for you to narrow down and will create extra work for yourself.

  4. Joanna Jenkins says:

    Gorgeous quilt– Front and back!

    I’m a huge Sew Modern fan and made this quilt too. It’s a great shop and they’ve taught me so much.

    Is that your sweet baby? What a cutie!

    jj

    • Piece says:

      Ooo! Another local! They are so awesome there! I loved making this quilt! I want to make more!! Yes, thats my little guy. Gonna be 2 next month! wow! Thanks for the compliment!

  5. lisa says:

    Very nice job on the quilt! Love the simplicity of the directions and your pics! Your fabric choices are adorable. Thanks again for taking the time to post this!

  6. Holly Gallaher says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! My grandma taught me how to sew last October and showed me to how to do the binding. I haven’t done it since and was starting to stress myself out about it as I am in the process of starting a blanket for a dear friend. The pictures are WONDERFUL!!!! I would kiss you if I could! Love the quilt!! Thanks again oh so very much!!!

    • Leasa says:

      Thanks so much for the compliment! I owe my binding knowledge to the awesome sewists at Sew Modern! Dont you just love that tutorial video for a clean binding finish! I refer to it every time! Happy quilting!

  7. LSS says:

    Hi! Not sure if you are still responding to this post! I want to start this quilt! I just want to be sure I understand your steps. So first you sewed each triangle together to make a row and then sewed the rows together? Or the other way around? Thank you!

    • Leasa says:

      Hello! Sorry for the very late reply.. I had a new little baby this past summer!

      Correct, I sewed the triangles together and then the rows together!

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