How to Make a Triangle Quilt

How to Make a Triangle Quilt
Finished triangle quilt

I am still in a quilting mood.  I am not sure what I am going to do with all of these quilting projects but I really wanted to do this triangle quilt.  It is a Christmas quilt project that I thought to use up my scrap Christmas fabrics to make.  It is sort of the next step in my learning of how to make quilts.  My goal is to learn to create my own quilt designs, at least basic ones.  This one is another beginner quilting project.  It took some time to make because of all the triangles that needed to be cut and sewn.  Nevertheless I really wanted to make it.  Of course, you do not need to make a Christmas theme.  In fact, depending on how this turns out I may make a blue one because I have so many blue colored remnants that I would like to use up.  

I used scraps and remnants for my project.  You could head to your local quilt store, JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores, or to get exactly the fabrics you want for your project.  This post contains affiliate inks that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  

What you will Need: How to Make a Triangle Quilt

Step 1: Cut your Fabrics

Using the triangle ruler cut 204 6 1/2″ equilateral triangles from a variety of fabrics.  I used Christmas colored remnants and scraps that I had in my stash for my quilt.  I didn’t have to purchase anything for the top of my quilt so if you have a large stash like I do delve into it for this project.  To get the most from your fabric flip the ruler over after each cut.

Use the triangle ruler
Cut the triangle using a rotary cutter
Cut triangles

Step 2: Stitch the Triangles Together

You will notice that there is a squared off end and two pointed ends to your triangle.  Start by placing a squared off end right sides together with a pointed end.  Make sure the squared end is even with the wide part of the pointed end as shown.  Stitch together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  

Place the triangles right sides together 
Stitch the triangles
Press seams open

Step 3: Stitch the Rows

Stitch 17 triangles in a row.  You can chain stitch them two at a time if you like to make the process go quicker.  Once you have stitched the 12 rows stitch the rows right sides together to complete the front of the quilt.  Trim off the excess half triangles along the sides to create a rectangle.  

Trim the sides


Step 4: Layer the Quilt

Place the backing then the batting then the quilt top in layers.  You can spray baste the layers together using Spray n Bond spray baste or you can safety pin it together so that the layers do not shift during quilting.  I laid mine on the floor because of the size.  I tried the batting and the backing fabric so that they were about two inches larger than the quilt top for ease of quilting.  

Layer the quilt

Step 5: Quilt the Quilt

I quilted my quilt by stitching straight lines along both sides of all of the seams.  Since I am a beginner quilter this seemed easiest and gave me the look that I wanted. 

Quilt the quilt

Step 5: Trim and Bind the Quilt

Trim the quilt so that it is a rectangle and the extra batting and backing have been removed.  Bind the quilt.  I am not going to describe how to bind a quilt.  Instead I am including this video that I used that will walk you step-by-step how to do it.  It is a simple process if follow the instructions.  

Finished triangle quilt

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How to Make a Triangle Quilt




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