Triangles in Modern Quilts

Three modern quilts featuring triangles

Half-square triangles, equilateral triangles, half-rectangle triangles, Flying Geese, triangles made into hexagons—this three-sided shape is prevalent in modern quilts. And for good reason—the sharp angles and clean lines of all triangles lend themselves to a minimalist, bold aesthetic common in the modern sphere. Take a look at these modern quilts featuring triangles for some quilt-y inspiration.

“Quarter Step” • Betsy Vinegrad | Photo by Matt Graves

“Quarter Step” • Betsy Vinegrad | Photo by Matt Graves

Quarter Step

This graphic quilt by Betsy Vinegrad features traditional Hourglass blocks that progress in size from top to bottom, left to right. With so much movement, Betsy calms the overall pattern with a simple color scheme, bright solids popping off of a white background. This quilt lends itself to so many color variations. A bonus? The pattern includes instructions on how to make the pillow shams pictured here, for a perfectly matched bed set!

“Diamond in the Rough” • Christa Watson

“Diamond in the Rough” • Christa Watson

Diamond in the Rough

Half-rectangle triangle blocks add such pizazz to quilt designs! Notice how the sharp points of this quilt by Christa Watson enhance the shape of the central diamond. I also love the negative halo the color placement creates around the red center. A stark black binding finishes this piece with sophisticated flair. One of the great things about this design is that it can easily be scaled up or down in size—just add or subtract some rows of half-rectangle triangles and you’re on your way!

“Triangles on Edge” • Nichole Ramirez | Photo by Jay Wilde

“Triangles on Edge” • Nichole Ramirez | Photo by Jay Wilde

Triangles on Edge

Not only do I love the quilting on this piece (see those intricate feathers and concentric circles?) but, I find this quilt extremely calming in design and execution. This quilt by Nichole Ramirez is fat quarter friendly, so grab a pack or two of your favorite new design and get to triangle creation! With its simple flow and neutral background, highlight your favorite fabrics. Punch up this design with a darker background or go full white to really make your color selections stand out. This quilt is a nice bed size—90″ x 90″—I’m sure there is a bed somewhere that could use a spring refresh!

Wow, these modern triangle quilts have me itching to match some points! Does matching points concern you? Each pattern has clear instructions and helpful quilting basics to help you along. Check out this video and other Sew Easy lessons for more great tips and tricks!

Sew long,
Katie

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