Triangle troubles? Try Pat Sloan’s triumphant techniques (+ BIG giveaway!)

We’ve all made that half-square triangle. You know the one.

The one with the unintentionally curvy edges?

The one you can’t press flat, even if you doused it with water and kept it under a brick for a week?

The one that’s too small/too crooked/too frustrating to use in the quilt you’re making?

Would you love to never make that half-square triangle again?

Detail-of-Union-Square-quiltWith celebrated teacher and bubbly quilting personality Pat Sloan at your side, you can toss your triangle troubles for good. She’s written a new book that’ll teach you everything—and we mean everything—you need to know about triangles.

In Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles, you’ll get two books in one: a technique-packed section featuring a whopping 13 ways to cut and sew triangle shapes, plus a pattern-packed section where you’ll put your new skills to use. A project book, a reference guide for all your other project books, and Pat cheering you on along the way—everyone who quilts needs Pat’s new book!
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Enjoy page after page of photos featuring real hands and real fabric examples, so you can visually learn each technique.

Today Pat is a guest writer at Stitch This!, here to tell you all about the latest book in her “Teach Me” series. Welcome, Pat!

But first…

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Pat has many friends in the quilting world, and she called upon some of them to put together a BIG giveaway for Stitch This! readers!
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One lucky winner will receive:

Find out how you can win this fabulous Pat Sloan giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Pat-SloanWhen I learned to quilt, my teacher believed in jumping in head first. Every block but one in the quilt pattern she taught had a triangle shape in it! So triangles are a natural for me. I think they add so much flair to quilts.

Over the years I’ve run into quiltmakers who haven’t fallen in love with triangles yet. When I ask why, they tell me they aren’t “good” at them, they don’t care for the method they were taught, or they are always cutting off the points!

Armed with all this information, I packed 13 easy techniques and 12 fun projects into Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles.
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“Union Square”

If you’re looking to up your triangle game, this is the book for you! I show you:

  • 4 methods for making half-square triangles
  • 2 methods for making quarter-square triangles
  • 2 methods for making Flying Geese units
  • How to properly do the sew-and-flip triangle technique, with step-by-step photos
  • 3 methods that demystify equilateral triangles (they really are NOT scary)
  • How to sew triangles without chopping off the points
  • A chart that makes it easy to put your quilt blocks on point, no matter what size block!

Marking-on-fabric-tipI’ve also included lots of tips. They’re sprinkled around in boxes on the pages (like the one on the right).

And I included a FABULOUS cheat-sheet chart, you know . . . just what you need to remember all the cutting dimensions needed to make different-sized triangle units.

The quilts are super fun too, and they relate to the techniques I teach.

I even share my FIRST quilts with the world for the FIRST time in a book. You know I’ve gotta love Martingale to allow that . . . ha! (See my website for the story of my first quilt.)
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“Boden” from
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

We start off with half-square triangles. I designed a nice table mat called “Boden,” which means messenger. My message to you is that you can do it! I also made a four-block small quilt and would love to make a larger one for my bed. I really adore this design!
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“Jane’s Jewel Box” quilt from
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

My friend Jane Michel designed this quilt and I call it “Jane’s Jewel Box.” Choose 90 charm squares plus a background fabric to make it.
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“Dandoy Delight” quilt from
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

Showcase your favorite fabrics with “Dandoy Delight.” I used two triangle techniques to sew this one!
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“Fresh Air” quilt from
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

“Fresh Air” will give you a chance to really learn equilateral-triangle assembly.

See more from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles >

This is the second book in my “Teach Me” series. Use it as a reference guide and a pattern book. Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué is the first book in the series. Look for more “Teach Me” books to come.

Now Let’s Go Sew!

Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew TrianglesThanks for sharing your latest “Teach Me” book with us, Pat!

Now, to win Pat’s big BIG giveaway, tell us: How did sewing your first-ever triangle unit go: aced it, fudged it, or tossed it? Share your answer in the comments – we’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. GOOD LUCK!

Can’t wait to try Pat’s triangle techniques? Get Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles at your local quilt shop or order it right now at and get the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Teresa, who says:

“I would love to win because I have not tried triangles in a quilt and I would be happy for someone to teach me how. Have a happy and blessed day. Quilt on :)”

Teresa, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!