You’ve taken it easy all year with quilt blocks assembled from squares and rectangles. Simple stuff—right? For Easy Quilt’s Fall 2019 issue, we visit that three-sided geometric wonder—the triangle. Isosceles, equilateral, scalene—just the mention of geometry and angles can create anxiety in quilters. Not to mention all those bias edges. But don’t panic!
Most of you are already familiar with the oh-so-versatile triangle-square. Follow our Sew Easy 8-at-a-Time Triangle-Squares technique to make multiple triangles in a snap for “Glaciers,” (pictured above) our cover quilt by Kaley Sharp.
You already know that with a little stitching and a little flipping, triangles can easily be added to the corners of squares and rectangles. Ramona Sorensen used this technique in her fun quilt “Dart About.” Don’t you love how the triangles dance across the quilt?
Take the fear out of Flying Geese units using squares and our Sew Easy Quick-Pieced Flying Geese Units. Mary Kay Davis uses these to make the bold arrows in her modern “Follow the Directions” design.
You can’t beat foundation piecing for stitching those odd angles that often crop up with triangles. If you’re new to the concept, let us help you get acquainted with the simple blocks used in the “Grate Steps” quilt from Colorwerx. (I’m a foundation-piece-aholic and I can’t wait to put my batik stash to work on this pattern. The dimension in this design is amazing!)
We provide accurate templates for cutting triangles in Kate Colleran’s “Colorado Sunset” quilt. Once cut, you can easily join the colorful triangles into rows to create a dynamic mountain range.
Still a little nervous about piecing points? Vanessa Lyman provides excellent guidance in her Troubleshooting Tips for Triangles article.
So . . . now are you ready to give triangles a try?