Equilateral triangle quilt tutorial: WAY easier than you might think! (video)

equilateral triangles quilt tutorialTriangles are a staple shape in so many quilts, and if you’re a confident beginner, it’s likely you’ve already sewn lots of them. They’re everywhere! But have you tried sewing equilateral triangles—where all sides and angles are the same size?

Equilateral triangles (also called 60-degree triangles) are used in all kinds of quilts, including the classic Thousand Pyramids design. And there are a lot of ways to sew them. But we think Terry Atkinson, author of the new book Follow Your Heart, may have the easiest way of all! Check out her approach in her equilateral triangle quilt tutorial:


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See? No need to be terrified of those triangles after all!

Terry’s got a variety of pretty quilts in Follow Your Heart that will tempt you to practice your 60-degree skills:

Turn Lane Table Runner
Turn Lane Table Runner

Evening Sky Quilt
Evening Sky

Follow Your Heart Sampler Quilt
Follow Your Heart Sampler Quilt

She includes quilts featuring her smart triangle techniques for flying-geese units too:

Blue Spruce Table Runner
Blue Spruce Table Runner

City Streets Quilt
City Streets

Follow Your HeartHave you worked with equilateral triangles before? 

  • Yes, and I’ve sewn them just like Terry!
  • Yes, although I used a different technique.
  • Not yet, but Terry’s triangle quilts are super cute!

Tell us in the comments!


46 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Have made equilateral triangles, not this method, interested trying it.

    —Tamara Isaacs-Smith on August 16, 2019
  • I have not tried them yet but her quilts are super cute!

    —Deb on August 16, 2019
  • No I haven’t worked with them, but I will try Terrys method.

    —Rita Long on August 16, 2019
  • Love the table runners. I haven’t sewn many equilateral triangles, but I see some projects in my near future.

    —Terry on August 16, 2019
  • I have not worked with equilateral triangles. I love the table runner as well as that directional arrows quilt. That one would make a cute modern baby quilt.

    —Helen K on August 16, 2019
  • I have not tried them, but these quilts are super cute!

    —Jane Busby on August 16, 2019
  • Triangles would be a new adventure with a learning curve for me! Terry’s projects are really cute.

    —Donna on August 16, 2019
  • I have sewn with Equilateral triangles but I cut them with the Accuquilt. I have used the ruler in the past. I sew them the same as Terry. They are not as hard as I thought they would be.

    —Kay of Cincinnati on August 16, 2019
  • I have worked with equilateral triangles before on a scrap mystery quilt. It was fairly painless with her method but this is a cool one.

    —Charlie DiSante on August 16, 2019
  • Temecula Quilt store and web site are my favorite! I have been out of wor recently and haven’t been able to invest in their quilting books – I would love to win.

    Thank you for this opportunity.

    Jan

    Janet Napora on August 16, 2019
  • Great technique! I can hardly wait to try it out on these darling quilts.

    —Barbara on August 16, 2019
  • I have sewn triangles with her technique and another way … her’s is much easier. Love the small triangle piece very "clean" and modern.

    —Tonie M Peterson on August 16, 2019
  • Not yet. But I like this method.

    —Geri on August 16, 2019
  • Yes, although I used a different technique. I will have to try Terry’s method as it looks a lot more accurate.

    —Nancy on August 16, 2019
  • Yes, but Terry’s method looks interesting.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on August 16, 2019
  • I have made but used differant ruler but sew the same. Love the City Streets quilt.

    —Louise M Haddon on August 16, 2019
  • Not yet, but Terry’s triangle quilts are super cute! This video inspiring me to get going!

    —Becky Schultz on August 16, 2019
  • I haven’t made a quilt with triangles yet although I have the rulers to do so. I really like the "Follow your Heart Sampler Quilt" however.

    —Annette Jones on August 16, 2019
  • Not yet, but Terry’s triangle quilts are super cute! I found the video to be VERY helpful. Thanks!

    —Patty Hambrick on August 16, 2019
  • Not yet, but Terry’s triangle quilts are super cute! They are definitely on my bucket list to try. Thanks for the great tips!

    —Ann West on August 16, 2019
  • I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m excited to try Terry’s method! Looks great!

    —LaVonne Kruse on August 16, 2019
  • Not yet. Her method makes it look so easy. The quilts are very pretty.

    —Stephanie Wild on August 16, 2019
  • I’ve made one quilt using equilateral triangles, but I sewed the triangles to each other. I like the way she connects hers to a fabric piece and will definitely do intend to use her method.

    —Cindy Dahlgren on August 16, 2019
  • I haven’t tried triangles before but will be adding them to a project using this method. Very helpful video.

    —debby on August 16, 2019
  • I’ve made these triangles using a different technique…but now I’m switching to Terry’s method. So much easier and accurate.

    —Mary Lou on August 16, 2019
  • Have not tried equilateral triangles, but will eventually do so in the future. I already have the ruler, so I’ve taken the first step!

    —SandyMay on August 16, 2019
  • Yes, I’ve made several quilts with 60 degree triangles, although I used a different technique.

    —Stephanie Woodward on August 16, 2019
  • I have not tried equilateral triangles. I like the quilts and table runners.

    —carol on August 16, 2019
  • Yes but I’ve used a different ruler.

    —Billie Shannon on August 16, 2019
  • I’ve made a few quilts using equilateral triangles in different sizes. Plan to watch the video to check out this method. They are a really fun way to make quilts – both of which were ALL triangles!

    —Joy B on August 16, 2019
  • I have sewn them before but with trouble. Teri’s method looks good

    —Kathy O on August 16, 2019
  • I have sewed before but this looks interesting.

    —Christi on August 16, 2019
  • No, I have not made these triangles but I have plans to start a project soon and use these triangles. Looks like I need one of her templates too.

    —Althea Klosterman on August 16, 2019
  • Yes but not with to much luck, I am anxious to try this meathod

    —Hilda Krebs on August 16, 2019
  • Nope, never but Terry’s creations are super cute.

    —Luella on August 17, 2019
  • No I haven’t, but they make cute quilts.

    —Nancy Dumeny on August 17, 2019
  • Never made these kind of triangles. Would love to have the book.
    Diane

    —Diane Melton on August 17, 2019
  • No, but Terry’s triangle quilts are cute.

    —Denise V on August 17, 2019
  • not yet…

    —MS Barb on August 17, 2019
  • Wow! I’m going to try her way. Love her book.

    —Mary Hickey on August 18, 2019
  • I have not, but Terry’s quilts are super cute.

    —Connie F on August 18, 2019
  • I haven’t stitched them Terry’s way but I have stitched a whole quilt with 60 degree triangles.

    —Suzanne Elliott on August 19, 2019
  • Not yet, but willing to give them a try.

    —Terri Hauge on August 20, 2019
  • I have made a few equilateral triangles but not many and not like Terry/

    Elizajane on August 20, 2019
  • there are lots of new things I learned. Thanks for sharing the post.

    run 3 on August 28, 2019
  • The pineapple block has always intrigued me. I plan to make a quilt with pineapple blocks in the near future. Thank you for the give away!

    —Gail Kling on September 6, 2019

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