Oct 29

Triangles Squared (42)-Blogger’s Quilt Festival

This is my first blogger’s quilt festival I’m excited to be a part of it.

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

I’ve had this quilt design in my head for a while, then I decided to scratch it out on a piece of paper, then I decided it was time to quilt it.

Half Square Triangle design sketch

The quilt doesn’t follow the sketch exactly, but I pretty much let the squares tell me where they wanted to go.  I also let the squares tell me how big they wanted the quilt to be.  Since the squares got tired of me making them, they decided to only be the size of a large baby quilt or small lap quilt.

After the half square triangles were all put together, I decided to add a border or two around it.

As you can tell, I changed my mind.

But don’t worry, I was able to use the flower strips for the back, which will be shown later.

And then I began the quilting process.  This is always the hardest part for me.  What thread color?  What quilting pattern?  Free motion or straight stitch?  Follow the design of the quilt top, or do a quilting design independent of the quilt top pattern.  So, I thought I would try a free motion following the quilt top pattern.  First, I quilted all of the white triangles.  Here it is, seen from the back.

Then, I filled in the colored triangles in the opposite direction.  Here is a close up of the final quilting as seen from the back.  Don’t look too close, you’ll find errors.  I’m human, after all.  Not a machine.  🙂

I have to admit, I love the quilting pattern that I chose for this quilt.  I also did some straight stitch with red and orange string in the purple border.  I was on the fence about this, I almost didn’t quilt it at all (as seen in the picture below) but I’m glad I did.

I then bound it with a scrappy binding, and washed it.  Before washing, this quilt (fabrics pre-washed, batting wasn’t) measured 56.5  inches x 63 inches.  After washing, it was 54 x 60.

Here is the finished quilt front.

Triangle Squared Quilt

Half square triangle close up

Here is the finished quilt back.

Triangles Squared quilt back

Half Square Triangle quilt back

The back is made of scraps from the front and fussy cut pictures from fabric from IKEA.  I previously used it in this quilt.

I learned from this quilt that it is OK to try new things.  Sometimes, (like my border) they might not work.  But sometimes, they do work.  Trust your gut and go for it.  Thanks for stopping by.



  1. She Uses Her Words says:

    I love your quilt! It’s so bright and cheery and I’m a nut for triangles! Thanks for sharing.

  2. andi says:

    It’s a gorgeous and very original quilt.
    Beautiful work!
    Andi 🙂

  3. What a triangle-ful quilt, so beautiful. I adore the way you quilted this! So creative 🙂

  4. Karen says:

    I love quilts like your yours with different size blocks of the same shape. You have done a marvellous job. The quilting looks great.

  5. Rachaeldaisy says:

    Love this quilt! I love hearing about the processes and decisions you made to create this. Great quilting!!

  6. Mary says:

    great quilt- I love orange!

  7. Shelly says:

    It’s wonderful — so bright and cheery! (That’s how I make my sketches, too.) I love a scrappy binding, and you really put a lot of quilting on it — very nice!

  8. Amy Smart says:

    This quilt is so striking. You have some great design skills! And I love your quilting too.

  9. jessica says:

    I love the quilting! i’m so into triangles right now, thanks for more inspiration.

  10. Doris says:

    Awesome! and I love the use of the Ikea fabric….

  11. Carol Hansen says:

    I like it. Very striking. I like your thought process for the quilting, very effective.

  12. Kristen says:

    The quilting is wonderful! The back is as nice as the front! I like how the colored thread frames the back!

  13. Kaye Prince says:

    Love all the process pics – very cool!

  14. Chris says:

    Love both sides!! Beautiful

  15. felicity says:

    You perfectly articulated the issues I have when it comes to quilting! I adore the quilting you chose for this lovely. And I also love how you have described your process. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous quilt!

  16. Candi says:

    oooooh, half-square triangles – my favorite! The quilt is beautiful and I like how the quilting looks on the back!

  17. Allie says:

    I love everything about this quilt!!!! Very gorgeous!

  18. Deanna says:

    Funny, I have been considering a similar quilt as a gift for my brother and his wife. This makes me want to get to work on it even more. Thanks for sharing.

  19. So so cute! I love the pieced backing. I’ve seen a lot of triangle quilt patterns, but this one is different. I love the fabrics you chose. I think it really gives a nice twist to the typical pattern I’ve seen.

  20. sherry says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your process pics. I love this quilt. You did an awesome job. Wonderful colors in tthis quilt and super job on the quilting!

  21. Ah… the dredded HST! I made an HST quilt (queen sized) about a year ago and I don’t think I’ll ever make one again! 🙂 I enjoyed reading about yours and your process though. 🙂

  22. Miri says:

    Happy, happy triangle quilt! love the colors and the quilting is terrific. I often try out a border and then switch it before what was is my mind’s eye is not what I see with my real eyes…but I do try to do it before I’ve sewn it on.

  23. Joan says:

    Very cool! Besides the great color and design of the quilt, the quilting is perfect. Another one of those wonderful “quilting makes the quilt” moments. You should be very proud of your treasure!

  24. Angie says:

    Awesome quilting and the layout of the fabrics with the various triangles are adorable!

  25. vicki says:

    yay! I love this, and I love how you quilted it! great job!

  26. Vicki says:

    I absolutely love the quilting on this! Wonderful quilt:)

  27. Lisa says:

    I love this quilt! I REALLY love the quilting. That is a doodle I always find myself doing, but haven’t tried it with my sewing machine. I guess I have a new project.

  28. Jo Anna says:

    You did a great job. It’s very beautiful.

  29. Allie says:

    I love it! Your quilting turned out so great!

  30. Karen says:

    This quilt has come up so well. I love the design and the colour selection. Your quilting looks great, too! And I always love pieced backs! Beautiful work!

  31. Sandy says:

    Wow, that is a lot of triangles. And from paper to reality, that is very nice work. Beautiful!

  32. Jill says:

    I’ve totally had a quilt of all half squares in mind but its been far down my sewing to do list. Yours is so great! I love the colors too.

  33. What a fun quilt design. I could see this looking great with all solids too in a complimentary palette. Great job!

  34. Mama Mel says:

    Wow! I love the design! The quilting is amazing! Great job! 🙂

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  36. Linda says:

    Don’t you just love half square triangles. You can do so much with them! Beautiful job!

  37. Leslie says:

    this is gorgeous. i love it!!!

  38. Lori says:

    That’s a lot of 1/2 square triangles! Great design.

  39. Melinda says:

    I love what you said about the triangles getting tired of you making them. Funny, funny! And I love the quilt. I have been wanting to tackle some HSTs for awhile, but I always seem to find something a little less labor intensive.

  40. Sally says:

    Nice design! Thanks for walking us through the process, it was illuminating. Your quilting is fabulous, especially post-washing, so crinkly and lovely!

  41. Christine says:

    Pretty front and backI love the colors and the quilting.

  42. QuiltSue says:

    I love this quilt. The front is stunning and the back is so unexpected. I think your quilting was perfect for it. Oh and I also loved that the squares told you when they were tired of you!

  43. Rachel B. says:

    Great quilt! Love your quilting.

  44. Cynthia says:

    This is a really fun quilt! Fun fabrics too!

  45. Deb says:

    Gorgeous! I’m working on one right now that’s similar in concept but I’m using 4-patches, 9-patches, frames, etc. instead. And mine’s cool (blue/green). The triangles are genius!


  46. Terry says:

    Thanks for such an informative post. Love the quilting. Glad you showed off the back and used a backing where the quilting showed. I learned a lot thank you. Oh Like the front too.

  47. I love how you quilted your piece. It totally goes with your overall design!

  48. eileen says:

    love your quilt. the colors are so vibrant, your design is great and the quilting is fantastic…who cares about a goof here and there? great to see. thanks for sharing and have a great day

  49. Becky says:

    I think it’s great and the quilting is perfect for it! The after washing photos made me want to jump up and make one of these for a friend’s young son.

  50. Kari says:

    Your quilting just absolutely makes the quilt. Beautiful work!

  51. diane says:

    This quilt is so striking. It is beautiful. the quilting is perfect for the pattern and complements it well.

  52. Sonia says:

    I love your design, our choice of colours are my favourite. Lovely quilt.

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