Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Triangles Galore Tutorial

A while back I made the Camo block using triangles and some had asked for the pattern for the block Finally, here it is...

15" Triangles galore block.

Depending on how you lay out your fabrics, you can make this block look different every time! That's part of the FUN in PLAYING!

For the Triangle Cut a piece of paper, 3 3/4'' by 4 1/2'' High.
Mark  your top center by folding your paper in half to make a small crease, draw your lines, cut.  

(I made an adjustment to my size on this template(new size in yellow)... It seems to be better...
Please give me a heads up if I still have it messed up...
Yes, I am math challenged and make mistakes, thanks for bearing with me.)

Now you have your Triangle to begin your play!

MAKE some Fabric from your scraps.
Two things to REMEMBER when your making fabric... 
Keep your seams trimmed to 1/4'', 

AND Keep the seams presses one way. This will help with ease of construction.

ALSO, use a SMALL #2 stitch length, 
so that when you cut your triangles out of the made fabric your seams will not split apart

Cut 8 triangles from your MADE fabric

Cut two 5 1/2" squares of darker fabric for the corner setting. 
Then cut once on the diagonal so you have 2 triangles.

Again, using your Triangle template, cut 8 triangles for your center.
I chose a solid and a print, cutting FOUR each.

 For your star setting, CUT 16 TRIANGLES using the TEMPLATE. 
Here I chose to cut 8 from a vintage yellow, and 8 from a polka dot yellow.

You can do some PLAY here, by changing the setting using Various colors. 
 Play and see what you come up with!

 Lay your pieces out to see them clearly.

 You will be sewing them together in WEDGES, using a scant 1/4" seam.

I prefer sewing the pieces together left to right to make the triangle wedge.
Keeping it consistent, makes for ease of construction.

I sewed the top LEFT triangle to the center top triangle, then added the TOP RIGHT triangle,
last, sew on bottom Triangle.
Do not rush your 1/4" seams, Take your time,and this blocks goes together perfectly.

 Always trim OFF your POINTY bits... It will make your block go together smoothly!

 Once you have your wedges sewn together...

 Sew the TOP FOUR wedges together, then sew your Bottom wedges together.

Join your two HALVES, and add your corner setting triangles.

Makes a 15" block
You can also paper piece these and have perfect blocks. 

When you make these blocks you MUST PIN at each critical point. This will save you a lot of WORK in getting your points to match up, both the traditional piecing AND the paper piecing.

 Always press your seams open on the UNITS.


Also, Looking for more great Hexagon patterns?

I have a hexagon quilt pattern this month in Quilt Almanac 2012!  ;-)


Nifty Quilts said...

Gorgeous block and great tute! Thanks!!

Miki Willa said...

Great tutorial! Thanks.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Fantastic V. Thank you for sharing the how to!

Saska said...

I remember that Camo Block. Thanks for showing us how to make it.

Encyclopedia said...

I am so posting some triangle pics for you boo...smiles...love it...I feel an addiction coming on....chopping up a basket of triangles from scraps, and made fabric..oh boy...15 minutes only at a time...ive got to remember that...smiles.

Sewing In CT said...

I like this a lot and will definitely give it a try! Thanks! Toni

em's scrapbag said...

Great tute! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

Thanks for the tutorial. You make things "easy". Just what we need.

Kathy said...

Thanks for the tutorial. You make things "easy". Just what we need.

Cyndi said...

My first attempt is not so good. It's all bunched up and won't lie flat. Are my seams too wide or too short? Do I dare post a pic and subject myself to the guffaws and giggles of the quilty world? : ). Seriously-- if you look at your camo block, you can see some tiny wrinkles--barely noticeable--take those and magnify them 100 times. Advice for what to do on my next attempt?

Wendy said...

Beautiful block! Thank you for the tutorial and the pdf for paper piecing!

Vivian said...

After seeing blocks on Em's blog using your tute, I had to click over. I am always looking for good scrap quilt designs and this one fits the bill. I'll file this away in a baggie to start collecting scrap triangels. I can't wait to see what can develop with this over time.

Thanks for the tute and template!