Wednesday, January 2, 2013

DIY: Triangles/Squares Strip (Quilt)

I have this pattern for a quilt and it is so cute!
You wouldn't believe how easy it is so I want to share it with you.
Here are the materials you need and the directions on how to make it.
Have fun making this!

  • 48 Strips total
     - 16 Medium Colored 2 1/2 " x 42" Strips
     - 16 Light Colored 2 1/2 " x 42" Strips

     - 16 Dark Colored 2 1/2 " x 42" Strips
  • 5/8 of a yard Binding Fabric
  • 3/4 of a yard Border Fabric
  • 3 5/8 of a yard for the Backing
  • Batting that measures 61" x 73"
  • Thread
  • And your basic sewing tools and supplies

From the Binding Fabric cut 6 strips for the binding that are (3 1/2 inches by the width of the fabric)

From the Border Fabric cut 6 strips that are (3 1/2 inches by the width of the fabric). Join your strips and cut them to make 2 border strips each measuring 3 1/2" x 59 1/4 " and 3 1/2 " x 53 1/2 ".

Complete Your Blocks

You already should have 48 strips cut out. You can choose many fabrics on this and make it creative to fit your style. Just make sure there are dark, medium, and light color shades. By saying this you can use either only 3 colors or use 6 or 9 to make it look even more busy.

To begin select one of each: a dark, a light, and a medium colored strip. Sew these 3 together long ways to make a strip set. Press and repeat this to make a total of 16 different strips. You can switch up how you sew together the dark, light and medium colors. 

Now, here is the cool part. This is where you make it look like you cut a lot of pieces out for hours when you really didn't. Using a ruler, make a 45 degree angle line and cut triangles from the strip sets. *Note: You should get 3 triangles from one side of the strip and 2 triangles from the other side. 
When you finish cutting your will get 5 triangles from 16 strips which will give you 80 triangles. 

Select four different-color triangles and join them together with their points inward to make one square block. Do this with all of your triangles and you will finish by having 20 blocks for your Triangle/Square Strips Quilt. Your blocks will roughly be around 11 3/4" x 11 3/4". The quilt size will be 53" x 64 3/4" big and remember you will have 20 blocks so the quilt will be 4 x 5 blocks. 

Sew your blocks in strips of 4 and then sew those strips of 4 together to get 5 rows. Sew your border around the outer edge, lay it all and finish it. Completed. And it turns out beautiful!

Adapted from Quilter's World Magazine