Join us for our Simple Triangle Block Sew-Along! Every Monday throughout Quilting Month II Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson! will show you how to create a new block. Join us and sew along for one week or every week! Turn your block into a pillow or make a whole quilt! Elizabeth is using prints from her Guest Fat Quarter Pack in each of her blocks this month. After you enjoy today’s Simple Triangle Block, be sure to visit Oh, Fransson! for Quilt Making Basics, Quilt Patterns, Quilt-Alongs and much more.

If you’ve never made a triangle block, this simple half-square triangle is a great place to start! Making the blocks a bit larger and then trimming them down to the perfect size makes this process almost foolproof, and using 5” print fabric squares is a great way to use up scraps and charms.

Start with 1 solid square and 1 print square, each 5” x 5”. Cut each square in half diagonally, dividing it into 2 triangles. (This is enough triangles for two blocks.)

Place the right sides of 1 solid and 1 print triangle together, and join them along the long (diagonal) side using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam open, and finish by trimming your block to a perfect 4 1/2” x 4 1/2″. The finished block (once you sew it into a quilt) will be 4” x 4”.

As you work, keep in mind that the diagonal cut you make through your fabric squares is along the bias of the fabric. This is in contrast to strips, squares and other rectangular pieces, which are cut along the grain of the fabric. Woven fabric that has been cut along the bias is prone to stretching, so it needs to be handled with a little more care. Don’t let that scare you though. With even a little practice, half-square triangles like this become very easy to piece!

Half-square triangle blocks like this can be pieced in a number of different configurations, including zigzag, diamonds, hourglass, pinwheels, or simple rows of triangles. Why not practice your triangle piecing skills by making a 16” x 16” block or mini quilt using one of these layouts?

For the 16 ½” x 16 ½” block (16” x 16” finished) you’ll need 8 solid and 8 print squares 5” x 5”. (Remember that each pair of 1 solid and 1 print square will make 2 blocks.)

Make 16 blocks and arrange them in 4 rows of 4. Sew each row of 4 blocks together and then join the 4 rows to finish the quilt top. As you do this, I encourage you to press all seams open to evenly divide seam allowances and create a flatter block.

See how easy that was? You can finish your block as a mini quilt or keep making more blocks to create a larger quilt top.

If you want to finish your block as a mini quilt, you’ll need an approximately 18” x 18” piece of batting and 20” x 20” piece of backing fabric. For binding your mini quilt, 2 strips 2 1/2″ x 40” (width of fabric) should be enough.

Link to your block in the comments. Sew along with us!

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