I’ve been wanting to make a triangle quilt forever, so having a new baby girl to sew for became my perfect excuse to get it done. It took me a few weeks, as quilts usually do. I did it little by little, but it was a really simple process and in this post I am sharing the triangle quilt tutorial! The triangles are a decent size, so it doesn’t take forever and it’s simple quilting. So, if you’ve never made a quilt before, this could be a great project for you! (And if you have quilted, it’s still a fun project!)
See my updated post for a better pattern piece and tips for getting sharp points!
Since this is my first girl, I’m not sick of pink. I don’t LOVE overly pink things, but I thought using stark black and white also would give it a good balance. Feminine but not too girly. I love how it turned out. The ombre effect with light pink, pink and peach is just what I was going for! I had to go to two fabric stores to get the colors just right.
Triangle Quilt Materials
*1/2 yard each of 6 different cotton fabrics
*1 1/2 yards fabric for back
*1 1/2 yards batting, this is my favorite (affiliate link)
(If you can’t print it, the top is 5 3/4″ and the two sides are 8″)
*use 1/4″ seam allowances
*finished quilt is approximately 42″ by 48″
*I used a black, white, b/w stripe and 3 shades of the same color to get the modern ombre look in this triangle quilt tutorial. You can replace the three shades of pink with three shades of another color to make this quilt suitable for any occasion and still get the same effect.
Triangle Quilt Instructions
1. Cut 19 triangles of each color. Slice one of each in half down the middle. These little pieces will go on the sides.
UPDATE: I had a few questions about cutting the triangles, so I wanted to give you a few options if you’re new to quilting.
1. Scissors! Yes, you can use scissors to cut these out. It’s not the fastest way, but it works! Pin your template to a layer of 1-4 pieces of fabric to make the process faster. I use Gingher dressmaker’s shears, which is a great trusted pair of scissors.
2. Acrylic Ruler + Rotary Cutter: This is a faster method of cutting that I definitely recommend! Place your template over the fabric (you can use multiple layers here, too), line up your acrylic ruler with the edge of the template and use a rotary cutter to cut along all edges. A rotary cutter is just like a pizza cutter. I use this one, which has a safety lock. I keep my rotary cutter up high and locked in a baby proof room. I have two acrylic rulers, this pink one from Fiskers and this yellow one from Omnigrid. They are of comparable quality, but you get a color choice. I have two because I always step on them and so my Friskers one is missing a few inches ;)
My rotary cutter is a Fiskers.
2. Arrange triangles how you want them on the floor. I used this pattern:
3. Sew strips of triangles together from left to right. Press seam allowances open.
4. Sew strips together from top to bottom. Press seam allowances.
5. Layer batting and backing and sew over white and striped triangles with white thread 1/8″ from triangle seams. You can sew over all of them if you want, just sew enough to “quilt” it.
Quilt Coloring Page
Use the Triangle Quilt Coloring Page download to design your quilt before you sew! This will help you decide fabric placement.
Just use colored pencils to fill it in!
If you enjoyed this triangle quilt tutorial, check out my other patterns! All See Kate Sew Quilt patterns include a design sheet like this!
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Lovely! Thanks a lot for the tutorial! Happy New Year!
so cute! thanks for the tutorial, i’m having my 3rd daughter in May so this gives me plenty of time to try something new!
great color combinations
Jessica at Me Sew Crazy
So lovely – and what a fun tutorial. Your daughter is simply precious. Beautiful baby :)
It’s lovely. Both girl and quilt. The black ads just the spark it needs.
Simple Simon & Co
It’s lovely, Kate!
I really want to try and make this! It seems really easy from your instructions. Do you happen to have a full view of the back? I’d love to see it!
I don’t think I took one! Sorry! But, it is just plain polka dot all the way. And you can see the triangles in stitching that I sewed to quilt it. :)
I’ve never made a quilt besides a rag quilt before…do you think this would be too difficult for a beginner? I love it!
Definitely! Go for it! It’s a little tricky to get the triangle points just right, but otherwise, very simple to make!
Beautiful. I love your fabric choices. The baby sure is cute too!
I so love this quilt! And little Lena is so cute!
My sister is having a baby in May; I’ve been looking for a simple quilt pattern to make for her, this is perfect! i love that the triangles are a good size — I’m an impatient quilter ;)
I love this quilt! It’s perfectly girly without being too girly (if that makes sense). Though if I had to choose, the baby is cuter!
Awesome. My goal one day is to make a quilt. Great job.
Jess@craftiness is not optional
sigh. so gorgeous! both baby and quilt. :D
Beautiful! Both baby and quilt :) Love that you don’t make your DIYs look hommade if you understand what i mean. It really looks modern and expensive, in a great way!
Love the colors!
How cute is that! I love love love love the color and patterns you chose; the contrast was great! The triangles were also a great choice, such a modern and punchy on-trend quilt. I want one! haha
Oh Kate what a gloriously pretty baby quilt!
Oh, my! What a gorgeous quilt! Love it!
I love a graphic and modern quilt. Great fabric choices. I’m sure she loves it!!
LOOOOVE it! From triangles to color choice to giving me the pattern–perfection Kate! And that sweet baby girl wrapped inside.**sqeal**
I loooooooooooooooooooooooove this quilt. Love it. That striped fabric is perfection. Did you say where you got it? I would really like to know the designer. People think I hate pink. NOT SO! I love pink. I just hate the way some people use such a great color. You are most certainly not one of those people.
Lena is just perfect and she looks so cute wrapped up in this amazing quilt.
I got it at a little quilt shop, not sure of the designer, sorry!
Oh nevermind, found a selvage! “Bold and Beautiful” by Michele D’Amore
Beautiful! Baby and quilt!
So beautiful! I love the colours you used. Sharing this one for sure. :)
love this so much!! thank you for sharing the file and tutorial! could you please tell me if on your pattern you have included the seam allowance or if I must add them to the pattern??
It’s included! 1/4 inch :)
This is an awesome quilt! I have never made one, but I think i might now :)
Beautiful! I love the colours you used, the black triangles make the pink pop! I made one for my mum a while back, they are very satisfying to sew and so gorgeous looking.
Such a beautiful design and the colors are perfect together. Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial, very helpful!!!
The Braided Bandit
I really want to give this a shot! I love the color scheme you chose and your quilt turned out beautifully! Thank you for the great tutorial!
Wonderful! How long did this take you?
Probably 8-10 hours total (over a week or two)
so pretty! if Ev didn’t have way too many quilts already, i might make her another. actually … i might anyway. i LOVE this pattern! :)
Who is Ruby Jean?
I love your quilt AND the new baby girl! Two cute!
Love it! I’ve been wanting to make one of these myself!
LOVE. IT. So cute and girly but not TOO girly and so mod! She will be one stylish little lady with you as a mama.
It’s sooo beautiful!! I really love it! Thanks for share!
I LOVE this quilt. It’s so modern and different…LOVE IT. I am going to TRY and make this.
Sooooooooo pretty! Love it!
I have never made a quilt before, but I am going to try this one! Thanks for such a great pattern.
Hello from New Zealand. I saw this quilt on Pinterest, and absolutely love everything about it – the colours (gasp), the pattern (double gasp), the cute baby wrapped in it (you get my drift). I really want to give this a go, thanks so much for the tutorial. I’ll be following along from now on.
I am making this quilt now!! Although adult sized… its going to take a while but I love it already!!
The colors you have chosen have really inspired me. Thank you for sharing this quilt and I’m excited to see what I can do with a similar color palette in my artwork!
Lou and Kitty
I’ve almost completed my version of this wonderful quilt. Thank you so much for the tutorial. (I used blues and a mint green).
Diid you hand or machine stitch the triangles to quilt it?
My quilt came up much bigger than yours. Perhaps the triangle template printed out a little bigger on my printer! Anyway I’m very pleased with my first attempt at making a quilt and I’m sure the little one, who has still to be born, will love it too.
I used the machine to quilt the triangles! Sorry it is so much bigger, I will have to check on that! It sounds beautiful! I’d love to see pictures when you’re done!
Lou and Kitty
Hi kate, I’ve added two photos of my finished quilt to Flickr (see you sew). You can see how much bigger mine is. I didn’t add the final line of triangles and will cut then into smaller ones to make some bunting to go with the quilt. So a happy mistake! Thanks again. Lynda
I’m making this quilt too, but much much much bigger! I cut all my triangles this weekend, now on to sewing. :) Thanks for the inspiration.
I’m so in love with this! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern with us!
I’d LOVE to know what colors you used for the pinks and peaces! The color combination is just perfect.. I think maybe I could convince my husband to sleep with a pink quilt if it looked like this, hehehe. ;)
You baby is just beautiful, as well – how lucky of her to have a mommy who can sew her such beautiful things. I know she will treasure this quilt forever..
Thanks so much!
Thanks for the sweet comment! I’m so sorry but I don’t know exactly what colors/fabrics I used! Eek! Next time I will have to write it down before I leave the fabric store. I did have to go to a few different fabric stores to find the right combo, hopefully you can find some good fabrics! I recommend Kona and other high quality cottons! :)
This is going on my to do list for this year! I made a quilt for my daughter a few years ago (still use it and love it) but I think she needs something a little bigger and this is just perfect! Thanks so much for sharing.
Knicker Elastic Fantastic
Hi Kate, what a gorgeous quilt, Lena is one lucky lady! I Particularly love the way you’ve kept it so modern Bd fresh withevthe pyramid triangles and colour way, neat! I’m inspired! I’ve just got me a new sewing machine so I’m just itching to get going on a project like this!! :)
Maybe it is the colors or maybe it is the triangles but this quilt is so dreamy. i want to make one so bad. some day I will.
Wow!!! Fabulous! I love this hun! Such great colors and you did a fabulous job!
Thank you So much for the pattern, the prettiest quilt ever! I made one, and hopefully will make one more
Does your triangle pattern include seam allowances
Does your triangle pattern include the seam allowance or do you need to add it to pattern?
Goodness, I am working on this quilt and it’s harder than I realized! (Granted, I am a self-taught, novice quilter.) I thought since the pattern was so simple, that it wouldn’t be hard, but my triangle points aren’t lined up well. Any tips for working with triangles?
Hi Erin! It took me a while to get the points sharp also! I should write a follow-up post, it would be hard to help without pictures. But, it will look awesome even if the points are perfect so carry on! I’ll try to write that post soon :)
This is probably a stupid question, but did you use a walking foot to quilt the top? Can you do it without one? I’ve never actually quilted anything other than a rag quilt; I’ve only made quilt tops and had them quilted by someone else. So I’m kinda clueless.
This is probably a stupid question, but did you use a walking foot to quilt it? Do you have to have one? I’ve never actually quilted anything (other than a rag quilt); I’ve only made the tops and then had someone else quilt it. So I’m nervous I’ll ruin it.
Hey Erin! I didn’t use a walking foot, but you’re definitely welcome to. I’m not a pro-quilter but I have found straight lines to be pretty easy, haha :) Good luck. You can always test and unpick!
This is awesome! I’m in the middle of transitioning my 3 yr old to a twin bed/room makeover and wanted a quilt that looked modern and fresh. Her wall are the same color as the dark pink. This would be PERFECT!!! Can’t wait to get to Joann. :)
I just got a sewing machine and wanted to make a quilt that was more that just blocks, like a lot of beginner quilt patterns seem to be. I’m starting this one tonight using vintage sheets I found thrifting! Thanks for the pattern and triangle template!
I LOVE this, and I’m about to go buy fabric to make this for my SIL who is pregnant and due in July!
BUT, in reading the pattern, I have a question (I have never made a quilt before). In Step 3 it says to ” Sew strips of triangles together from left to right. Press seam allowances open.”. So you mean up and down the triangle sides to sew them together?
And the step 4 is sewing Row 1 to Row 2, and so on?
Sorry for the confusion! Just want to make sure I do it right!
Yep, you got it!
Great, thank you!!
I love this quilt it is gorgeous! I have had a customer ask me to make it for her and I dont usually do triangles but will give it a shot!
Can you tell me what the stripey fabric is please, would love to order some in.
Thanks so much
The fabric selvage says this: “Bold and Beautiful” By Michele D’Amore for Benartex http://www.benartex.com Cotton Screen Prints Style 3236
Hope you can find some! :)
This is my idea of perfect! I must make this for my daughter.
Hey Kate! Love this quilt and currently sewing one. I’m a little confused that my points were right on when I sewed the pieces together but now when I sew the rows together it cuts off the tips of the triangles. Did you come across this?
I have loved this quilt over & over. :)
I also love the crib. Do you remember where it’s from? Thank you!
Thanks Mandie! It is the Grayson by Babyletto in White.
Gorgeous quilt! I love it so much it almost makes me want to make one. But I’m too neck deep in projects right now, so I’ve pinned it for another day!