One of the first shapes we learn about as kids is the triangle. The triangle can be seen in many forms around us, from basic architecture to structural supports and in our food (think your favorite PB&J sandwich cut on the diagonal!!).
A triangle can be defined as a three sided and two dimensional closed structure. It is a polygon with three corners, and often makes up other polygon shapes. But why do we like to use these in quilting? I like them because the are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and add interest to linear piecing.
All of us on the Education team have been quilting these gorgeous panels and they will be on display at Quilt Canada this month in Ottawa. Let’s focus in on a section of my panel where I quilted with different triangles. This can be done using a ruler and ruler foot (free motion technique) or by using your walking foot and simply sewing from pre-marked point to point.
All of my triangles were done with some basic tools: the narrow Acufeed Flex Foot, quilting gloves, a wash-away marking pen and the straight 3″x 8″ ruler from our Ruler Set. As I approached each section, I made some small marks as reference guides so that I could make sure that my stitching was centered or placed where I wanted it.
For this section (above pic), I wanted to create a horizon with a reflection. To do this, I marked the center down the whole square, and marked out my points for the top section at 1″, and then two more at 3/4″ away. Then I halved those measurements and made the corresponding marks for the reflection area. This is an effective way to add interest on a rather simple square.
Next up was a larger section of the panel (above), that has a printed pinwheel design on it. While I liked the design that was there, I decided that placing quilting lines in other areas created more triangle shapes. This block has more that just equilateral triangles, it also has isosceles and right angle triangles made from the stitching lines and the printed sections of the fabric. This type of quilting would also look nice on large scale floral blocks, the center section would allow the petals to stand out.