When I was a beginner quilter, I was always looking for new quit block patterns to make into a quilt. After many years, I realized that each quilt block is made up of simple units that can be arranged and rearranged in an infinite number of patterns. One of my favorite units is the simple triangle. I am always fascinated at the many many stunning quilts that can be created from such a simple unit.
Here are some great triangle patterns that I want to share with you. And some of them are free!
The Pinwheel quilt block – such a simple unit, with many different possibilities! When I think of pinwheel quilts, I think of those lovely thin summer quilts, with pastel blocks on a white background, the kind your Grandmother would have had at the summer cottage. While I love this very traditional way of putting the pinwheels together, there are many other ways to interpret this block.
I found 12 different patterns for you to consider for your next quilt, and all are very different!
If you like quilts with bold geometric patterns, then you are going to love these Braided and Herringbone Quilts. Although a traditional pattern, Braided and Herringbone quilts can give you a very modern feel. These patterns look complicated but are really easy to execute. Here are several patterns to whet your appetitie!
One of the funniest names for a quit block is the Drunkard’s Path quilt block. With it’s curved pieces, you can arrange the blocks into many different variations that can create a topsy turvy pattern. This block gives you plenty of practice with curved piecing. Don’t be afraid to try curved piecing. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you will be able to take that skill and use it to make many different blocks that have curved piecing in them.
Here are a few books and patterns with variations of the Drunkard’s Path.
There are some tools that are so simple, yet so valuable. The Quilters Magic Wand is one of those tools. In this tutorial, I show you how to make a traditional Churn Dash Quilt Block. To make the half-square triangles, I use the Quilters Magic Wand half inch ruler. It helps me piece accurate quarter inch seams. Once you know how to use it, you will find yourself reaching for this ruler again and again!
The Churn Dash quilt block is such a versatile and traditional block. You can take any of the patterns below, and depending on where you place your fabrics, and how many colors you use, the one block can create endless design options. Or make them exactly as they are shown here!
Applique gives us much freedom of pattern. There is so much we can do with applique that we cannot do with traditional quilt piecing. Whether you like to do needle-turn applique, machine applique or raw-edge applique, your only limit in pattern-making is your own imagination.
Here are some great applique quilt patterns, some traditional, some non-traditional and some whimsical.
Table runners are a great way to decorate your home. You can use them on dining room tables, coffee tables, end tables, under lamps, on dressers, and more! Table runners give you a way to change out a little bit of color in a room each season or when you just need a change, a fresh look.
A table runner is an easy way to try out a quilt pattern without having to make a whole quilt. If I make a table runner, and find I like the pattern, I will then go ahead and make the whole quilt. If I find I didn’t have fun working on the pattern, I finish the table runner, and move on to another pattern.
Table runners make great gifts. Keep a few on hand, and you’ll always have a gift, even for unexpected gift-giving events.
Hexagon quilts are hot hot hot! New patterns and styles go way beyond Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The design possibilities are endless.
Hexagons started showing up in quilts in the early 1800s. Simple single-unit quilts were often the how hex’s were assembled, often by hand. Since then, hexagons have gone through an evolution. Hexagons can be used as a simple unit, or pieced out of many other pieces to create the hexagon. They can be put into a quilt by hand piecing, machine piecing, or English paper piecing.
You can now find whole books full of just hexagon quilts. I’ve discovered these patterns easily available with the internet: