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

**. 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 Sampler Quilt**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,

*available at*

**Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt**,**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.

### Opposing Arrows

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.

### Teetering Triangles

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.

### Twirling Triangles

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.

**The Book: Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt**

- 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.

*Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt***on Sewing With Nancy**

For a chance to win a copy of the book, ** Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt**, from

**Nancy’s Notions**, please leave a comment below sharing your favorite row from

**part one**.

The random winner of a copy of the * 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans* book is Diana. She said: I have a big bunch of jeans to recycle, getting the time is my problem!! Also, I have a huge bunch of large T-shirts, since my son lost a lot of weight. I hope to make some of them into a T-shirt quilt for him, and cut up the rest to make the T-shirt yarn for crocheting rugs, etc. I would LOVE to win a copy of your book!

Bye for now,

I love them all, Twirling triangles is great but my favorite is the Tetering Triangles. Nancy makes it all So easy using her half Square Triangle gauge! I plan to use this in a quilt I’m starting now for a gift. Thanks Nancy, for sharing your great designs! If I don’t win I’ll buy the book!!(But it would be great to win!!)

The twirling triangles are favorite!

Love the twirling triangles! Actually like all the rows of this quilt. Looks like a future project in the works and a new tool to get! Thanks for opportunity!

Love Flying Geese, but I believe those Teetering Triangles could be my new favorite! Thank you for creating such an achievable project!

It’s so hard to choose!! Flying geese have long been a favorite of mine, but those Teetering Triangles look so versatile that I think they’re my new favorite. Thanks for creating such an achievable project!

I love the Opposing Arrows, can’t wait to give them a try. I am teaching one of my sisters to quilt. This book would be perfect for some triangle fun thanks for the chance.

I would like to try the twirling triangles. I am always interested in new ways to do blocks. This looks to be a very handy book. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win one.

I loved the colors of the whole quilt! The turned triangles that gave the pinwheel effect were my favorite. So playful and fun looking I want to make this quilt right away.

I like the teetering triangles…they look complicated but are easy with the triangle gauge!

Twirling Triangles are my favorite. I never made them but interested in trying them in a small project.

I like the teetering triangles. this looks like a fun quilt to do

Love the look in this book outline- think it will work well with quilt making for grandson- using star and planets- would love to win this book – take care keep going with the great ideas

Goodness, all three triangle patterns are so pretty. However, I think the Opposing Triangles – especially in the center – just makes the whole quilt look like it’s ready to go in any direction – like a firecracker!! Can think of many colors it would look good in from multi to monochromatic. And the triangle tool looks like it would really simplify the line drawing on the squares – what a neat idea!!

I like Twirling triangles. This row would be great in bright colors for a kids’ charity quilt.

I think Opposing Triangles is my favorite this morning. The symmetry appeals, but I could change my mind before bedtime!

I think the Twirling Triangles are quite fun.

I really like the twirling triangles row but they are all pretty nice

Like the Twirling Triangles. They look so unique for a half-square triangle block.

I rather like the Teetering Triangles. Looks like another “must have” ruler, too!!

What a great idea. I can see using the teetering triangles on the sides of a bed quilt.

Love the twirling triangles! Reminds me of my granddaughter who is the happiest person I know!

What a great book it would be to win! Thank you for these chances to win!

Love the opposing triangles row. Hope to make a row quilt in the near future.

I love the teetering triangle row. It fascinates me. I see small 1/2 sq. Triangles inside a larger 1/2 sq. triangle and I have to wait to see how that was done.

Teetering Triangles is my favorite! Can’t wait to finish my 2016 Block of the Month so I can start one of these quilts.

Love the row by row. Every row has it’s own unique look, but the twirling triangles are my favorite. Quilt borders from these would be spectacular also to dress up the pillow case cuff. I do lots of pillow cases and a colorful row of triangles would be great. Plan to do this quilt.

Twirling Triangles is my favorite row in this segment because I have a windmill-theme quilt to make, and this row will be perfect for it!

I like the teetering triangles row and have been wanting to do a row by row quilt. I already hae the No Hassel-Triangle Gauge,

so now just need the book to begin. I made a Tesselating Star quilt for one granddaughter, a row by row would be a great one for her sister. Thank you Nancy for all your help and ideas.

I really like the twirlling triangles, the give movement to the row !

I’ve always wanted to try a row by row quilt and the triangles are a different variation. I especially like the twirling triangles row- makes me think of happy pinwheels.

My favorite is the Twirling Triangles. It always amazes me how many different designs can be created with triangle blocks.

I like the teetering triangles the best But I like all of the rows. When I catch up on my current projects, I just might try this quilt.

My favorite is the Opposing Angles. I love the way it draws you into the center of the row!

I liked opposing triangles. It has a different look than most quilt rows. I would like it in brown and orange.

I like the twirling triangles row the best.

opposing arrows

Love the quilt pattern. Favorite of these three, probably the opposing arrows. Thanks for the chance to win.

I love the teetering triangles. And the whole quilt design. It amazes me at how many color options and design options are running thru my head right now. I would love to win this book so that I could share it with my granddaughters who are learning the art of sewing and quilting. All of the designs are just beautiful!

I like the motion in the twirling triangles row.

My favorite are the Twirling Triangles. The different designs work so good together. Love it!!

The teetering triangles are the BEST! Just my opinion☺☺☺

Twirling Triangles is my favorite.

I like twirling triangles, but I like the combination of colors even more. Beautiful!

I love the twirling triangles design!

Although all are beautiful (the completed quilt amazing!), my favorite is the Teetering Triangles. The way the colors are in that pattern really gives a 3D effect to me. This will be another “add to-do list”. I really like the idea of a row-by-row quilt – winning the book would be a great help!

I like Opposing Arrows which reminds me of my life…some days it goes one way and other days I’m in a tissy. I do like this book as I’m just getting into trying flying geese. I was always afraid to make them because my quilting wasn’t that good and I didn’t want mis-matched triangles!

Opposing Arrows–reminds me of geese flying over as the seasons change.

teetering triangles like asymmetry adds the unexpected

My fav would be the Opposing Arrows, but I like the Twirling Triangles also. So glad you put both of these rows in the quilt. The Teetering Triangles just add to the whole thing.

I really like the opposing arrows. It would make a great row by row quilt with many colors used in the quilt.

I really like Opposing Arrows. And I would really like a book that simplifies making the blocks. I would like to get away from making 9 patch variations. that seems to be my limit of skills.

I really love the twirling triangles!

I love making two half-square triangles at once. And no worrying about stretching when stitching along the bias. (Of course, I’d love to win your giveaway, too!)

I like the Twirling Triangles… Thanks for the great giveaway!

Teetering triangles is my favorite.

Love the twirling triangles and with you great ruler I am sure it is easier than it looks.

Love the twirling triangles . With your new ruler I am sure it is easier to make than it appears. You are always coming up with a new twist for a sewing. challenge.

My favorite row is Opposing Arrows. Thanks for sharing the great tutorial.

I’m going to choose the teetering triangles from this set but I’d like to see how the top row is made next!

I think the Teetering Triangles row looks the most challenging.

Right now I am working on the Row by Row Experience quilt that I purchased over the summer. Would love to win any of Nancy’s books.

Teetering triangles is my favorite

Teetering Triangles is a bit different. I’d like to try a row quilt with my two daughters who come to quilt with me every Monday night.

Twirling triangles is my favorite. It is so interesting to see all of the designs that can be made with a half square triangle. Thanks.

I love the effect of this combination of rows! These colors are wonderful, and I can see this pattern in any favored color combination, making it a great gift pattern. My eyes are drawn to the opposing arrows row; it appears to be the focal point.

I am teaching my granddaughter how to sew. I thought we could make the twirling triangles. What fun! And I think we would make it into a table runner for her mother.

I can see using the opposing triangl row on the side borders of any panel quilt. How fun!

Teetering Triangles is my favorite.

I can see this row by row quilt done in purples!! Wow!! I like the twirling triangles and the teetering triangles – done in purples. I can hardly wait to get started!! I like the scrappy look it has and am looking forward to busting my scrap stash!! Thanks for this great opportunity to build new skills and create something beautiful!

I like the twirling triangles because I really like pinwheel quilts.

Thank you for this chance to win your Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt.

The twirling triangles intrigued me the most. Love the design and now I can figure out how to make them. I have six granddaughters all with different tastes. This will make a great border to the books/owl theme quilt I am creating. Total score. Four quilts completed two more to go.

I want to try Twirling Triangles as I like the feeling of motion. Triangles are challenging for many quilters. The No Hassle Triangle Gauge really simplifies & offers accuracy in constructing triangles.

My favorite row is the Teetering Triangles-love the colors-just wonderful!

Of the first three I like the teetering triangles best

It is amazing how many variations are possible using a 1/2 square triangle, and I love the look of a sampler quilt. My remnant stash would be great to use with this method. I would love to win a copy of this book.

Teetering triangles is my favorite row from this first episode. I love the illusion it gives. Thanks for a chance to win this interesting book.

i love HST. They are so versatile. thank you for all you ideas and tips.

It never ceases to amaze me how many different variations are possible with a 1/2 square triangle. I can picture how to use my scrap stash with this. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book.

The twirling triangles look interesting and haven’t ever tried doing something like that. But that ruler looks absolutely amazing.

I always have trouble making triangles! I like the teetering triangles, and I would love to learn how to make them. Thank you for sharing this with us.

I really like the opposing arrows, and would love to have the book to try this quilt.

I love the twirling triangles! They bring some movement to the quilt design.

I have always been fascinated by quilt designs and wished that I could make one. I am going through chemo for cancer now and myself and two of my daughters have signed up for a beginners quilting class at a local fabric store. We are so excited. I would love to have a copy of your book so that the second quilt I make would be from your book. I love the “Teetering Trianges”. Thank you for the chance to win. P.S. I love your site. I receive your e-mails and love watching the tutorials.

I think my favorite is the twirling triangles, but I really love them all.

GREAT FUN!!! Sewing with my litttle granddaughters 5-7 they would enjoy the blocks I think i would let them make a bed runner for their new home Mom and Dad are building-of course Pink and Purple each one could choose their blocks

My favorite is the Twirling Triangles.

Its so hard to pick only one favorite row, but I really love the twirling triangles row. I can’t wait to get started on this quilt!! (And I’m definitely ordering that triangle gauge…. Only wish I had it years ago!!)

I like the opposing arrows I can see it as a table runner all by itself or as a border around a small panel, and of course it is lovely in this quilt. I would love to win a copy of this book. I need the triangle gauge too!

Definitely the teetering triangles – it really grabs my eye – Great idea for a row by row quilt!

Teetering Triangles

I love tge teetering triangles row – easy to make but looks challenging! It’s a really different take on the use of triangles.

I like the Opposing Arrows; which is the 1st row design; I could see a few table runners; made out of this pattern,. It reminds me; of direction; as some days your not sure if you are going in the right direction; because you have so much to do on that day,. also reminds me of flying geese.

I have always thought of quilts in terms of squares. I love the “row by row” idea. I am going to order the “Trusty triangle gauge” and am excited to start the quilt. Great idea for table runners also

My goodness!! I have avoided making different sizes of triangles because they are so time consuming, so the book will help me a lot. I am a novice quilter.

I love the twirling triangles! Thank you for the give away!

I like the twirling triangles. I think it looks harder than it really is.

I would have to say my favorite row is “opposing arrows”!

I love this quilt! If I have to choose just one row, I think it would be Teetering Triangles – but it’s a difficult choice because I love them all.

The Twirling Triangles really caught my eye!

I love the center row. Made one of your column quilts a couple of years ago which I loved making. This one looks fun too!!!

Triangles scare me. They seem complicated, but you seem to make them less so.

I love the Twirling Triangles!

I love the teetering triangles! Would be fun to make in a quilt.

I like your row by row quilt. I think my favorite row is the opposing arrows.

I like the Teetering Triangles and have been wanting to learn an easy way to make these blocks.

I like the twirling triangles! I’m always amazed how many different designs can be made from half square triangles.