Here’s a rhetorical question: How do you create a quilt? My guess is that your answer is “one block at a time”—a legitimate response. But there’s another answer, “one row at a time.” During this first episode of the new two-part TV series, Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt, I show how to stitch three of the six rows from my new Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt. Using only one type of quilt block, a trusty half-square triangle, plus a few squares of fabric, I’ll show you how to design, stitch, and enjoy a row by row quilt.
Watch the new Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt TV show online now. You’ll also find details on this fun new row-by-row in the new book, Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt, available at Nancy’s Notions.
Row by Row Sample Quilt Basics
You may be familiar with a traditional row-by-row quilt. Instead of creating blocks arranged in a grid, quilt blocks are arranged in rows, with each row having a common design element or theme. The theme for the Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row is, you guessed it, triangles. Half-square triangle blocks varying in sizes from 2″–6″ (finished size) and squares 3″ and 6″ create unifying rows. In this two-part series, I’ll break down each row and share how easy it is to create.
Half-Square Triangles Tutorial
Many of our favorite quilt blocks are made by assembling half-square and quarter-square triangles. But what size do you cut all those triangles to end up with a square and a straight quilt block? What if I told you I figured it out for you? Now you can create 2-1/2″, 3-1/2″, 4-1/2″, 5-1/2″ and 6-1/2″ half-square and quarter-square triangles from squares. That’s right, there’s no hassle and no need to cut a single triangle! The measurements are printed on the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge that I designed for Clover.
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 center.
Cut along the center diagonal line.
Presto, there are now two accurate half-square triangles!
Since the quilt has quite a few half-square triangle blocks, I use the No Hassle Triangle Gauge to draw the necessary diagonal lines in record time.
My first row design, entitled Opposing Arrows, is a great way to begin your row quilt journey. Your eye most likely will focus on the center design, then follow the opposing arrows to the left or to the right. Arranging half-square triangles that give the sense of movement adds to the pleasure of the creative process.
What might appear as one large triangle teetering on top of a triangle half, it’s size is really an illusion. The Teetering Triangles block is created with 6-1/2″ half-square triangles and a 6-1/2″ square–simple as that! A few left over triangles come together to form the center medallion. It’s all a matter of placement and color—that’s the magic of quilting.
The Twirling Triangles design is an ideal quilt block design for our sampler row quilt. The juxtaposition of half-square triangles gives the illusion of motion. Plus, the various combinations of colors in each block provides an opportunity to see how light, medium, and dark fabrics play together in a row.
- 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.
- 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.
- Six beautiful row designs can be mixed and matched in any number of formations, for a quilt that’s uniquely your own.
Watch Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt on Sewing With Nancy online.
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