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Thread: Triangles -- need suggestions

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    I'm still a newbie quilter, and so far everything I've made has had squares or strips. I feel like I'm ready to step up a level, and I'd like to try making a quilt that has some triangles in it. Something that will help me learn that as a skill (I'm a little intimidated, to be honest). Do any of you have a block/pattern suggestion that contains a decent amount of triangles that would be a good starting point for a relative newbie?

    Also, any tips, links to tutorials, etc., on how to do them and make the points come out nicely are also appreciated.

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    What do you think of this one?
    http://www.quilt.com/Blocks/ChurnDas...irections.html
    Not too many triangles to start.

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    wish I could help you, but Im new to,and havent even started yet. Penny :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marjpf
    What do you think of this one?
    http://www.quilt.com/Blocks/ChurnDas...irections.html
    Not too many triangles to start.
    this would be good for you to start with.

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    My first was a Shoo-Fly. Very easy. Also an Ohio Star is easy. When I started quilting I purchased a book from Fons & Porter "The Complete Quilting Book". It starts you out from point A to B and has info that I still go back and look at and I've been quilting for 15 yrs. Its my bible. I used it so much that I even had a spinal binding put on it to lay it out flat.
    Here's a site of free patterns:
    http://www.quilt.com/

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    For triangles go to www.quiltersrule.com and look at the tool called the Quick Quarter or Quick Quarter II. You can get them at most quilt shops and the directions are soooooooooo easy.

    It is really as simple as cutting a couple of squares, drawing a couple of parallel diagonal lines, sewing a seam on each of those lines, cutting down the middle, pressing and re-squaring, and voila perfect triangles.

    I love doing triangles now!

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    I love the look of triangles in a quilt but they still intimidate me.

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    Mosquitosew girl is right - when done her way you end up with 2 triangle squares. The only thing I would add is to add 1/8 inch to your squares and trim down to the correct size after sewing and pressing. This will give you some wiggle room for those of us who can't seem to seq a straight line (me!).

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    Heck, I add 1/4 inch.... :lol:

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    Here are some good resource pages.

    http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art10208.asp

    http://quilt.com/BlockOfTheMonth/1997/MapleLeaf.html

    http://www.straw.com/equilters/libra...Triangles.html

    Why not try a table runner or wall hanging first so you are not overwhelmed by a new method. Then if you like it move on to "Bigger" things :-)

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    Mosquitosew girl is sooo right! That method makes handling triangles quick, easy and accurate. Don't be scared off-you will love it.

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    One of my favorite patterns is Jacob's ladder because it combines 4-patches with half-square triangles.

    I would recommend that whatever HST you decide on, start with the square that is 1" larger than your finished HST. Mark diagonally down the center line then sew 1/4" away from that marked line in both directions. Cut on the marked line, press the HST open and trim to size. It is a little more work but they come out great.

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