How to cut and sew triangles using a triangle ruler

how to cut and sew triangles

I absolutely love triangle quilts but it is an unfamiliar shape for me to sew with. It feel like everyday I need a lesson on working with them. So I decided to write these notes to help me. Maybe they’ll be useful to you too!

I’m using the Tri Tool triangle ruler. It really makes the process faster than using the angle lines on my normal ruler.

Step 1: Cut fabric strip
Decide what size you want your finished triangles. Cut a strip of fabric 1/2″ inch wider than your finished size. For this example, I decided to use 3″ triangles, so I cut a 3.5″ strip.

how to cut and sew triangles

Step 2: Cut triangles
Place the top of the triangle ruler at the top of your fabric strip. Hold the ruler and cut fabric along the right side of the ruler (for your first triangle, you’ll also need to cut from the left side).

how to cut and sew triangles

Turn the ruler upside down, so the top of the ruler is on the bottom of your fabric strip. The left side of the ruler should be lined up with the left side of the fabric. Hold the ruler and cut fabric along the right side of the ruler.

how to cut and sew triangles

Continue cutting until you have all triangles cut out.

how to cut and sew triangles

Step 3: Sewing triangles
I think it’s quickest to chain piece pairs of triangles, so that’s what method I’ll use.

Place triangles right sides together. The flat part of the top triangle should be below the bottom triangle’s point and should exactly span the width of that section.

how to cut and sew triangles

Chain piece all triangles. Notice that the 1/4″ seam matches the width of the flat part of the top triangles.

how to cut and sew triangles

Press triangles open. Notice the tails sticking out from the triangles. We’ll use them to help line up the next set.

how to cut and sew triangles

Place pairs of triangles right sides together. The top triangle’s point lines up with the bottom triangle’s tail (both silver in this example). The top triangle’s tail (blue) lines up with the bottom triangle’s point (maroon).

how to cut and sew triangles

Chain piece all triangle pairs. Notice that the 1/4″ seam lines up in the V shape created by the points lining up correctly.

how to cut and sew triangles

Press triangles open. Continue chain piecing until all of your rows are completed!

how to cut and sew triangles

I haven’t sewn my rows together yet, but I’ll add my notes about that when I do!

Linking up with Lessons Learned over at Quilting Mod

New Years Goals

I’m a month behind on this but I decided it would be a good exercise any time of year. Right?! And I’ll throw in some photos of what I’ve been sewing. So this post is definitely getting better by the minute.

Goal 1: My biggest goal is to let go of perfection (at least temporarily)

Before I had my daughter, I had many ideals of what I wanted this blog to be and how it had to look. But you know what? I don’t have time to make it perfect right now. So I just stopped writing. And now I’ve missed a year of sharing, exploring and interacting with many of my bloggy friends.

So I decided to make it work for me, perfect or not. So, while my daughter is young, you’ll see more iPhone photos from me on here. And more posts composed in my phone. But they will be great iPhone photos and hilarious autocorrected posts. Yep. 

Red Letter Day mini quilt

Goal 2: Finish my quilt photography series

Last year I started writing up a series of quilt photography tutorials. It covered iPhones to fancy dslrs and how to shoot in all kinds of situations. I was having so much fun! Then I got discouraged with my own lack of a time, moving to an un- photogenic working space and my camera gear stored in the garage. That is lame. I love photography and helping people with it. Time to get writing!  

finished my first swap mini quilt

Goal 3: Write a quilt pattern

I’ve wanted to try this for a long time and Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs just started a blog series on it. It’s meant to be! I have something sketched out already and can’t wait to complete the process.

I made this Christmas quilt for my mom


 
Goal 4: Hook myself up with the quilty goodness. 

Guys, I have a comforter from a discount big box store on my bed that has fake patchwork on it. People ask me if I made it. How embarrassing!!! Must fix this. 

Phew! It feels great to write that out. Now let’s go create something! 

Margot’s Baby Quilt

I finally found time to share my biggest project ever! Baby Margot was born October 17th, weighing in at 7lbs, 4oz and was 19.5 inches long. She took less time to create than some of my quilts but she was definitely the most labor intensive project I’ve done. haha! With all of the baby projects, I didn’t have time to finish her quilt until after she was born. I had all of the blocks ready so it just took me a few long naptimes to put it together.

I designed this one myself (if you can call a bunch of shapes “designed”) and really like how it turned out. In hindsight, I think I should have gone totally solid and used less of the coral (it reads too orange for me in this). Nevertheless, I love it and Margot loves her daily tummy time on it.

Now that Margot is a little easier to take care of, I hope to be back to blogging more often. I have a few projects up my sleeve that I’m excited to get going on! I hope you enjoy the photos of Margot & her quilt.

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Gender Reveal – Quilter Style

I am so excited to reveal that baby Bartholomew is a GIRL! We were shocked (I was sure it was a boy!) and thrilled when we heard the news. In true quilter fashion, I immediately hit up the nearest quilt shop to put together a baby girl bundle.

baby girl fabric bundle

from left: Dear Stella Confetti Dots in Shell, Lizzie House Pearl Bracelet in Peach, Clothworks Everyday Organics Solids in Dark Coral, MoMo Linen Mochi Dot in Putty, Alissa Haight Carlton Modern Solids in Coral, Kona Flesh, Lizzie House Catnap Purrfectly Happy in Cloud

I added in a few extra pieces from my stash and am now really excited to pick a design and get started on my baby girl’s quilt!

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added in the bundle: Lizzie House Catnap Cat’s Cradle in Raspberry, Kona Snow, Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax

I also snagged this wonderful months print a while back from Ampersand Design Studio (8 days a week collection). I am going to find a place somewhere on the quilt to sneak in her birth month (October!).

month fabric

Thanks for sharing in this exciting time. I’ll be back soon with picnic quilt updates and the start of my photography series.

-Michelle

In other fun news, it’s week 2 of the New Blogger Blog Hop! Stop by Plum and June to see this week’s participants and to enter to win her fabric giveaway.

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New Blogger Blog Hop

I am so excited to be participating in this year’s New Blogger Blog Hop hosted by the fabulous Beth over at Plum and June. It’s a yearly showcase of new quilt bloggers and is such a good way to meet new people and get tips on blogging & quilting. I remember reading posts over and over last year when I had just started my blog and they were such a big influence on me.

I haven’t taken a lot of time to introduce myself on my blog, so I’m going to take this opportunity! Grab a cup of your favorite bevie and let’s get started! I’m Michelle, a photographer & technical writer, turned obsessed quilter. I live in a tiny house in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with my husband, our fur monster/dog Rugbie, and our first baby is on the way. We find out if we’re having a boy or girl later this week!

about me

Here are a few random facts about me:
-I use exclamation points a lot, but am trying to get that under control! But I’m excited a lot!
-I love cheese and wine, although currently I don’t drink wine :(
-My favorite place I’ve traveled to is the Galapagos Islands
-I dance awkwardly and with great enthusiasm
-I played soccer in college and consequently have a hard time finding pants that go over my thighs
-Half of my fabric stash is prewashed and half isn’t. I can’t decide which way to go on that
-If you ask me to lunch, I will strongly suggest we get sushi

I have been sewing & quilting for a year and am self taught via the good ol’ internet. I’m drawn to simple, geometric quilt designs and solid fabrics, but have a hard time saying no to florals as well :) This little collage is a good representation of some of the past projects featured on the blog.

about the blog collage
chevron quilt | happy-go-lucky quilt | epp project | photography

My blog currently focuses on the progress of my many projects, but I’m going to start posting my latest adventures in exploring quilt design, naturally dying fabrics, and designing fabric. I also have a quilt photography tutorial series in the works that will debut at the end of the month!

I’d love to briefly share with you a couple of my favorite quilts I’ve made as well as my current work in progress. First is the “almost scrumptious” baby quilt I made for my cousin. It is a relatively simple design but it was the first quilt I made where I really felt like all the steps came naturally to me… I felt like a *real* quilter when I completed it! :)

almost scrumptious mosaic

Next is my latest finish, the barn door quilt. This is my favorite quilt I’ve made to date and the first one where I had no limiting factors on the color scheme/fabric selection. I can’t wait to do more projects like this one.

barn door mosaic

My last project is my current one, my picnic quilt. It’s one of the first projects I started last year and I came up with the layout myself. However I was a bit ambitious with my skill level (or lack thereof) at the time, so it was put on hold for a bit. I am back at it now and am currently piecing the used denim I’ve been collecting for the backing. I’m hoping to get it done in time for summer picnics by the lake!

picnic quilt mosaic

Thanks so much for taking some time out to meet me and get a little tour of my online quilting home. I thought it would be fun to end this post with a little “thanks for reading” blog photography tip.

Photography Tip: Using Natural Light

When photographing your projects, use natural light whenever possible, even indoors. This will make a huge difference no matter what kind of camera you use! Don’t use your flash or have overhead lights on. I try to take my photos near a window. If light is too harsh coming through the window, you can diffuse it with some sheer white fabric or white tissue paper. Check out the difference with just a change in the light source:

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photos are unedited and were taken with an iphone

In the image above, you might notice that the artificial light doesn’t look too terrible, but if you look closely you’ll notice a distinct color shift that makes the fabric colors look more red than they really are. Depending on what type of lights you have in your house, this shift could be even more pronounced.

Here is a look at how this photo was set up:

lighting setup

The fabric backdrop (which I should have ironed :)) is draped over my computer screen. As you can see, it’s nothing fancy, but it gives a nice result.

To really make the image pop, I cropped it & gave it a minor edit. Because I had soft, natural light to begin with, it didn’t need a lot of changes! Now it’s ready for my next Sunday Stash post!

lighting with editing

Stay tuned for more tips in my photography tutorial series coming later this month! I would love to hear what you’d be interested in learning more about in terms of photography or using your camera.

Want to meet a bunch of other new fun bloggers? Check out these folks who are also participating in the blog hop this week!

Jen Bower Bird Patch
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Jessica @ One English Teacher
Barbara @ Suzy Homemaker
Cynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework
Mary @ See Mary Quilt
Laurel @ Drowning In Fabric
Linda @ Talking Lunch Box Quilts 
Rebecca @ One Wee Bird
Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts
Diana @ Red Delicious Life
Terri @ Childlike Fascination 

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