Ok, friends, here it is! Ever since I put a strip of these cute floating triangles on the back of my Tilt-A-Whirl quilt back in November, I’ve been flooded with requests to share how I did it. Well, I stitched up a fun pillow this week for my modern guild Madrona Road Challenge swap partner, which gave me the perfect opportunity to put together a little tutorial for you all.
This fun block is really improvisational, and a fantastic way to use up those itty bitty triangle scraps.
To make them “float”, each triangle is framed with background fabric and then trimmed down at a wonky angle to create a 4.5″ square unit. These units are the building blocks to whatever you want to make. In this 16.5″ pillow, I used 16 units. If you want to make a 12.5″ quilt block, you’ll need 9 units.
So, to start you’ll need some small triangle scraps, in a variety of angles and sizes, ranging from about 1-2″. No need to be exact with these- just use whatever you have. To frame each triangle, you’ll need three 3″ X 5″ rectangles of your background fabric. (So for this pillow, that’s 48 rectangles, and for the 12.5″ quilt block, it’s 27 rectangles).
Now, center one of your triangles, right sides together, on the 5″ side of a rectangle, and stitch a quarter inch seam. In the photo you’ll notice that I started with the longest of my triangle’s sides, but this isn’t important- any side will do. Press the triangle open.
Line up your ruler with either of your remaining 2 triangle sides, and trim.
Take a second rectangle, and align it, right sides together, at that trim line, so the triangle is centered along the 5″ side, and stitch a 1/4″ seam. Press open.
Now, just like you did before, align the ruler with the remaining triangle side, and trim.
Take a third rectangle and align it, centered, on this remaining third side, right sides together, and stitch a 1/4″. Press open.
Now here’s where things get wonky! Spin your block around until you’re satisfied with the angle of your triangle, and trim to a 4.5″ square. A 4.5″ square ruler comes in super handy here. Keep in mind that the more variety you can create in terms of angles/directions of your triangles, the more “twinkly” your block will be, so don’t be afraid to get your wonk on!
Here’s the layout I used for the pillow. A 4 X 4 unit layout comes to 16.5″ square, and since I like my pillows tight, a 20″ pillow form was perfect.
And here it is as a 12.5″ quilt block, and with a white background color.
And there you have it! Floating triangles! A really fun and easy way to use up some little scrap triangles and really make the most of them!
Well, thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a fantabulous weekend! Stay tuned next week for a guest post from my favorite guest poster of all time- the adorable Mr. Dock! :-)