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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Modern Triangles QAL {Triangle Construction}

Now that you have picked out your fabrics, it is time to start making our triangle units, but before we begin, here is a quick recap of the materials needed to make this quilt.
  • 8 – printed fat quarters (or a variety of scraps)
  • 4 – solid fat quarters
  • 6 – 2” strips of each printed fat quarter, each strip should measure 2” by 18”
  • 10 – 2” strips out of the solid fat quarters, then cut each strip in half.  These pieces should measure about 2” by 9”
When cutting your printed fat quarters fold it in half at the salvage end, square up the raw edge, and start cutting your 2” strips.  Continue down the fat quarter until you have cut 6 strips in total.
If you are cutting from scraps, your strips can be cut longer, (or shorter), but I found if you are cutting from fat quarters, 2” by 18” strips use your fat quarter more efficiently and leaves less waste.
Sew 3 of your printed fabric strips together by alternating patterns.  This will give you a more scrappy look.
Iron your seams open as shown above.
Now you are ready to cut your equilateral triangles.  I am using a 6” plexi triangle that I have from a previous project, but these triangles can also be made by using a template or the 60 degree line on your cutting ruler.  I was able to cut 5 equilateral triangles from each strip.
If you are using the 60 degree line on your ruler make sure to align the ruler’s 60 degree line along the bottom edge of your strip and cut.  Then rotate your ruler so that the opposite 60 degree mark is aligned with the same bottom edge in the alternate triangle corner, making your first equilateral triangle, then cut.  Keep rotating the ruler around the triangle and cut the rest of your triangles. 
With what ever method you use to cut your triangles, the base of your triangle should measure 5 1/2” and the height of your triangle should measure about 5 1/2”.  It is ok if these measurements are not exact as long as the measurements are close.  All that really matters, is that all your triangles are the same size so that your rows will align when sewed together.
Now that you have all your triangles cut from the previous step, it is time to add the solid colors.  First, I am going to put all my solid strips into 2 piles.  Each pile will have an equal amount of strips and the same ratio of colors.  Then I am going to put the triangles that I cut in the previously into 2 equal piles all stacked in the same direction.  Now place one pile of solid strips on the left side of one pile of triangles and the second pile of solid strips on the right side of the other pile of triangles.
Sew the solid strips onto your triangles and trim off the excess.  Iron your seams to the solid side.  I have found, through trial and error, that this method works best and will make the blocks lay flat with no bumps or knots.
If you are not using a plexi triangle you can use a cutting ruler to achieve the same results.  Just use the edge of your triangle as your guide.
Next week we will be assembling your quilt top and discussing your layout options. If you have any question or concerns about this Quilt Along, please let me know.
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  1. Such a cute quilt. Thanks for posting this.

    I'm going to have to resist the QAL (maybe... :)
    Just until the UFO list is a little shorter.

  2. Just stumbled onto your blog and your quilt along. I am new to quilting and blogging and have been wondering what you make out of triangles. Look forward to following you guys and see what you make and maybe try it my self.


  3. Ah cool, 2 inch strips are perfect for using my scraps!! Great idea! Now I just need to make my triangle template.


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