Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Minimalist Triangle Quilt

I've got a few more quilt finishes coming! It's not that I am wonder woman - it's simply due to the pile of tops that moved with me and have been accumulating in the WIP pile! I'm determined to get some done, reorganize my fabric and find some new inspiration for 2016.

I've been wanting to try a design that seemed minimalist. I admire them so much in modern quilting. And while I find them often beautiful to look at, I've felt most may be not as exciting to make. Then I saw a version of this idea (sorry, I can't remember where) and I loved that although it had a minimalist look I could still use a nice variety of fabrics.


The design is pretty simple - rows of 60 degree triangles. Each triangle a bit more than half cream with the top portion a print. {You can see below how I cut and pieced them}.

The quilting is an all-over design that is very popular, but I had never tried it - squared off meandering. It was super easy and I love how it turned out. I'll definitely be using that one again!


The backing is a Joel Dewberry print that i had stashed for a future back. I think it's perfect. And the binding is a DS plaid from her line at Joann's. Again, I had that in stash and thought it brought a bit of traditionalism to this quilt.


I drew up a little diagram, so I would remember how I made it and thought some of you might like it too. There are so many possibilities! You could do scrappy, rainbow, matching vertical rows, etc...

My triangles measure 7" height finished. All the pieces are cut with a Creative Grid 60 degree ruler. This ruler has the point chopped off at the top 1/4" from the seam line.

Cut a 3 1/2" strip for the triangles. Then use your ruler to line up the 3 1/2" line and the top to cut the triangles, flipping as you go down the strip.

Cut a 4 1/2" strip of the background. Use the 7 1/2" line on the ruler and line it up with the bottom edge of the strip. Cut the trapezoid shape, again flipping as you go down the strip.

Sew a triangle to a background piece. Sew the large triangles together in rows. I used the triangle ruler to cut half triangles for the ends from a 7 1/2" background strip (2 mirror image pieces for each row). Just be sure to use the dotted line to the right or left of center to include seam allowance.


The measurements could easily be adjusted. Just be sure that your background strip is wider than your triangle strip if you want the triangles to float. And if you adjust your strip size - you will always cut the background piece using the line that corresponds to the finished size of the pieced triangle plus 1/2" for seam allowance.

And one more note - once my quilt was bound, I wish I had added a background strip to the top and bottom to "float" the first and last rows.


16 comments:

  1. Very cool! Thanks for the info on making the triangles!

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  2. Great looking modern quilt! Thanks for including your instructions.

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  3. Love the colours - great modern pattern.

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  4. Love the cool mix of modern and traditional and the colors and prints are perfect. Thanks for sharing the instructions! We recently moved to middle TN from Townsend, TN and I have really been missing my Great Smoky Mountains, so I have been trying to decide on a pattern for a "Misty Mountains" quilt. This might be the one!

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  5. Your quilt looks great, lovely colors and pattern!

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  6. Love this. And I have the ruler. This would be such a fabulous modern baby quilt. Wish I had seen this a month ago. I would totally have used it in my quilt guild modern block challenge. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  7. Could you sew the two strips together and then cut ? Or am i looking at it wrong? Just wondering.

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  8. I can't see any reason you could't strip piece this one. I will try a block or 2 and comment again. I love this and it is on my list. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I first thought this could be strip pieced, but the triangle you get when you flip the ruler has the background as the small triangle. That's why I had to put the thinking cap on and figure out a way to do it without wasting fabric. Thanks for your input!!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this. Love your squares of quilting on this. I guess in answering Jellybeans question, you would waste a lot of fabric by strip piecing if you were just making the small triangles, because every other cut the colored piece would be on the bottom and not be a floating triangle.

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  10. The backing and binding coordinate wonderfully with this quilt. Doesn't it feel great to finish a project that's been in your WIP pile? Congrats. Can't wait to see your ideas for 2016.

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  11. Oh Ramona. Thats right. I hadnt thought of that. Wonder what the opposite triangle would look like in a quilt?

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    1. I was wondering the same thing...two quilts!

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  12. Love this! Thank you for sharing the "how to" as well!

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  13. Got to put this on my list of quilts to make in 2016! Thanks for the tutorial!

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Thanks so much for taking time to comment!