Sep 14

Trifecta Quilt (112)

I had many fat quarters of Hokkah Wa-Modern (the pink colorway) in my stash, and for years I was stumped on how to use them in a quilt.  One day, while playing with an equilateral triangle grid, I drew out this design, and I knew I wanted to use my Hokkah fabrics (and many others) in it.



Triangle strip quilt


I was so excited to see my design turn out like I had planned!  This quilt incorporates a lot of my favorite components of quilting…fun negative space, strip piecing, easy cutting with little waste, and you can use scrap strings!  This quilt was initially made for the Home Machine Quilt Show as part of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild display.  Our focus was negative space.


Triangle strip quilt


This quilt is currently featured in Fons and Porter’s Sept/Oct 2014 Love of Quilting Magazine.

Triangle strip quilt


I used straight line quilting in a diagonal grid for this quilt.  It was fun drawing this quilt and having it come into reality.   The best part was when a friend asked me how big it would be initially, I said, “I don’t know, maybe a lap size?” When I ended up with a near-queen sized quilt, I laughed at how off my calculations were.


OK, I didn’t calculate.  I just cut and sewed.


Thanks everyone for visiting.  And in case you are wondering what happens to a quilt once it has been in a magazine and returns home….


Trifecta quilt


(It becomes a wrestling mat.)



  1. Beautiful! Congratulations on showing the quilt and having it in a magazine, too. The transition from the dark center to the lighter edges is wonderful, and I could spend a lot of time looking at that detail!

  2. Kati says:

    This is one of my favorites you’ve ever made. It’s really amazing. I want to make it, but I’m not sure I’m up for it. It’s beautiful!

  3. Carla says:

    I am travelling in Canada. If I look at the newsstand, I might actually find the magazine with the pattern. How exciting!

  4. Jane Nellis says:

    Hi Tanya-
    I am almost finished making a quilt from you Trifecta pattern (2014).
    I need your permission to exhibit the quilt at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival in Shipshewana, Indiana from June 22 – June 25th, 2016. I would also like permission for the quilt to be photographed, with the possibility that the photographs may be published, giving proper credit to you as the designer. The Shipshewana Qu. Show is a juried and judged show, and designer permission is required to enter.
    Thank you very much for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.
    Jane Nellis
    2807 Short Ridge, San Antonio, TX. 78231