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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Quilt Lesson: Triangles Out of Squares

It’s Craft Tuesday, the day I take for talking crafts Because sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity while the garden sleeps.

Another quilting lesson is in order and today we shall make triangles out of squares. You start with two large denim squares, 10-12 inches square. One of these squares we'll use right side facing and the other one wrong side facing. One fabric, two looks, a dark and a light. Just what you need for quilt making.

1. You cut those two large squares in half and each half again in half. That gives you four smaller squares of equal size.

2.Now pair up one dark square with one light square, one on top of the other. That gives you four pairs. Make sure the dark side is facing the light side of the other square and line them up.

3. Using a ruler or any straight edge, draw a line from one corner diagonally to the opposite corner on each of the four pairs. This is the cutting line, but you have to sew a line on either side of the cutting line first.

4.  If sewing by hand, you should mark the sewing line one quarter of an inch from the cutting line, then sew a running stitch.

5. If you are using a sewing machine, use this line and the presser foot as a guide and sew a quarter inch seam on both sides.

6. Here's a trick for doing this quick and easy. Sew the seam on each square without stopping to cut the thread.

7. Just do one square right after the other in a chain, then do the opposite side of each square in the same fashion. You'll be done in ten minutes, tops. Cut down the center on the cutting line.

8. Open the squares and iron each flat. You should have 8 squares of dark and light triangles.

So, that is how you make triangles out of squares. What you can do with them...well, I'll show you next time.

1 comment:

  1. Good tutorial. Makes it sound simple and although it is, because it looks hard, many people don't try it. The pictures are helpful.


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