Patchwork designs are often created with blocks, occasionally in columns, and more recently in rows. The row-quilting concept provides an ideal palette to create projects from table runners to larger bed-sized quilts.
In part one of this two-part series, Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt, we covered the basics of a traditional row-by-row or row sampler quilt. The quick row quilt featured has six total rows with six unique themed designs. During this second episode on row quilts, I’ll show you the remaining three quilt rows of the sampler quilt; only one quilting technique is needed to create the diversity of designs. If you missed part one, watch it online.
Half-Square Triangles Review
Each row is made of varying size half-square triangles to create traditional quilt block designs. Of course, we’ll use the design as a complete row, rather than a single block. It is quite helpful to make the half-square triangles, in any size, the absolute easiest way— by using the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge. Here’s how:
Slide the gauge to the desired setting. The gauge locks into place to assure accuracy. Reference the left side of the gauge for half-squares and the right side of the gauge for quarter-squares.
The No-Hassle Triangles Gauge gives the block and the cutting sizes.
Reference the left side of the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to select a half-square block size.
Cut crosswise strips of two fabrics—the size is printed on the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge. Cut strips into squares.
Lay No-Hassle Triangles Gauge onto squares to double-check block size.
Mark a center diagonal line through No-Hassle Triangles Gauge die cut openings.
Stitch a scant 1/4″ from each side of the center.
Cut along the center diagonal line.
Presto, there are now two accurate half-square triangles!
Vary the scale of the traditional pinwheel design, and you’ll have an interesting design in row four. The row features the pinwheel block made in a 12″ and 4″ (finished) sizes. The smaller blocks are arranged to give motion to the pinwheels as if they are perpetually spinning in the breeze.
Once you’ve mastered the process of creating half-square triangles, take time to experiment with different layout configurations. That’s how I happened upon the design I call Star Gazer. The pieced configuration is linear, yet the affect is worth an admiring observation.
The time honored Flying Geese design is the feature of the last row of my sampler quilt. I’ve entitled the quilt pattern, Flying Home, where you’ll learn how to combine half-square triangle sizes with ease.
- Discover how easy it is to design, stitch, and enjoy a row-by-row sampler without cutting any triangles. Even the most complex-looking blocks are easy to construct with simple straight stitching—and no bias-cut edges to stretch out of shape.
- Six beautiful row designs can be mixed and matched in any number of formations, for a quilt that’s uniquely your own.
- Add on a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge to make short work of this classic method, ensuring even cuts and stitching that matches perfectly. Learn my tricks for designs filled with movement and artistry, with the fully illustrated book.
Watch Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt Part One and Part Two on Sewing With Nancy online.
Bye for now,