How to make a 60-degree triangle quilt: Pat Sloan’s tips! (video 🎬)

How to make a 60-degree triangle quiltTriangles, triangles, triangles—they make the quilting world go ’round! There are half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles, the bedrock of many quilt blocks. But have you experimented with 60-degree triangles, otherwise known as equilateral triangles?

It may look complicated on the surface, but once you know how to make a 60-degree triangle quilt, you’ll find the shape just as easy to work with as other patchwork units. Pat Sloan (author of the popular “Teach Me” series of books) teamed up with Babylock Sewing Machines to create a series of videos for times just like this—when you’re not sure how, when, or where to sew!

Watch how Pat’s smart tricks whisk away any 60-degree triangle doubts:


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Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew TrianglesIn her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles, Pat walks you through 13 different ways to sew the pointy shape, from basic motifs like half-square triangles (and how to sew them four and eight at a time!) to Flying Geese, Sew-and-Flip Corners, and yes, equilateral triangles. Plus, she shares a handy cheat sheet so you’ll have all the dimensions you need at a glance to cut triangle units to the exact size you want. You’ll find the cheat sheet on page 33—make a copy and pin it to your design wall so you’ll never have to wonder again.

In Pat’s book, you’ll also get the pattern for making her beautiful Fresh Air quilt using the 60-degree tips she offers in the video (the tips are in the book too):

Fresh Air quilt
Fresh Air

You’ll get 11 more quilt patterns in the book as well—here are just a few of our favorites:

Union Square quilt
Union Square

Jane's Jewel Box quilt
Jane’s Jewel Box

Spools quilt
Spools

See eight more quilts to make in Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles >>>

Have you sewn 60-degree triangles before?

  • Yes—I sew them just like Pat.
  • Yes, but I use a different method.
  • Not yet, but Pat sure does make it look simple!

Tell us in the comments!


41 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Yes I have worked with them. Triangles give a lot of motion to quilts. I really like Pat Sloan’s books.

    —Kay on May 13, 2019
  • Thanks Pat. You make sewing these triangles look so easy. I’ve been quilting for years and always shied away from the 60 degree ones. Need to try them again. Thanks for the inspiration!

    —Lauren Eberhard on May 13, 2019
  • Yes- I sew them just like Pat.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on May 13, 2019
  • I watched the tutorial and think that I should add a 60 degree triangle quilt to my bucket list. I especially like Jane’s Jewel Box. Look at that fabulous quilting in the negative space!

    —Sandy on May 13, 2019
  • Yes, I sew them just like Pat! I love how she teaches and all of her books. This book on triangles should be a great hit with quilters.

    —Ann West on May 13, 2019
  • Not yet, but Pat sure makes it look simple!

    —Lu H on May 13, 2019
  • I haven’t had the courage to tackle 60° triangles, but after seeing the video I think I may.

    —Michelle S on May 13, 2019
  • Yes, I sew them just like Pat! You go girl!

    —Jo Anne Lane on May 13, 2019
  • Pat,Thanks again for a great Share!!!!

    —Linda Douglas on May 13, 2019
  • Yes, I sew them just like Pat! Enjoy seeing her tutorial to make sure I am doing it right!!!

    —Patty F. on May 13, 2019
  • Yes I’ve done triangles with a different method but I love pretty much anything Pat does!!!!

    —Marion Lisko on May 13, 2019
  • Yes, just like Pat!

    —Liz Smith on May 13, 2019
  • Haven’t tried 60 degree triangles yet, but am willing to give it a go after seeing Pat’s video. Can it be as easy as she makes it look???

    —SandyMay on May 13, 2019
  • Not yet, still novice but Pat sure does make it look easy.

    —Denise V on May 13, 2019
  • Currently making one!

    —Tonie Peterson on May 13, 2019
  • No I have not but is on my list of todos…happyness04431@yahoo.com

    —Anna brown on May 13, 2019
  • Not yet, but Pat makes them look simple!

    —Christy on May 13, 2019
  • I love making all sorts of triangles but 60 degree are the easiest if you make them from strips. My son has a sugar skull triangle quilt I made for him and it was a whole lot of fun to make.

    —Joy B on May 13, 2019
  • not yet but pat has a way of making every thing easy and fun.

    —tina.bodel on May 13, 2019
  • I have not sewed a 60 degree triangle. I wonder if I can a straight row!

    —carol on May 13, 2019
  • *LOVE* triangles! 60 degree triangles cut from a border print make a quick table runner or hexi-centerpiece that ‘looks’ complicated, but is quick and easy. Spray starch can help maintain the angles from stretching. I like the 60 degree rulers with the cut-off top point; easier to align and sew without scrap fabric ‘leaders,’ as well as aligning successive triangles.

    —Gina Milano on May 13, 2019
  • Not yet, but Pat sure does make it look simple!

    —Renee G on May 13, 2019
  • I have sewn 60 degree triangles but used a different methods. I have used the ruler to make table runners. I love the looks of Pat’s book and here illustrations.

    —Donna K on May 14, 2019
  • Not yet, but I’ve always been drawn to triangle quilts. I think it’s time to get this book and conquer my fear.😿

    —Glenda Hollander on May 14, 2019
  • I made my first 60 degree triangle quilt a couple of years ago. Made lots of mistakes and could have used this book. Just watching the video made me think about how I could put some marks on the throat plate of machine, because mine is not marked like Pat’s, so that I could keep my seam allowance more accurate.

    —Harriet F on May 15, 2019
  • I haven’t done a triangle quilt yet.

    —Nancy Pontious on May 16, 2019
  • Thank you Pat! You make it look so easy. I’ve never tried this method before so I’m sure glad I watched this tutorial!

    Barbara Austin on May 17, 2019
  • Not yet but Pat sure makes it look simple.

    sherry on May 17, 2019
  • Would love to learn more about Pat’s methods. Her book would be most useful. Thank you for this great giveaway!

    —Nancy Page on May 17, 2019
  • Yes I sew my triangles like Pat. I loved her tip on starting and stopping and making squares for Charity. I will use that. Thanks!

    —Rose Landon on May 17, 2019
  • Yes, I sew them like Pat. Would love her book of 12 patterns! Thanks!

    —karen on May 17, 2019
  • I sew my triangles like Pat does.

    —Susan MacLeod on May 17, 2019
  • Sewing triangles is one of those things that are infrequent in my sewing schedule, which means I usually need a tutorial to get me on track for the first few seams. This is a nice video for a jump start.

    Thank you
    Kay

    —Kay on May 17, 2019
  • Yes, I used them for my granddaughter’s first quilt. I sew them like Pat, but I did like her video!

    —Maclary on May 17, 2019
  • I have tried the technique, but Pat sure does make it look simple! I need her book to give this a try.

    —Lillian K on May 17, 2019
  • Not my favorite pieces to sew together but these stunning quilts make me want to try and try again.

    —Mary Smith on May 17, 2019
  • I sew my triangles like Pat does.

    —Karen Bryant on May 17, 2019
  • I love a challenge doing triangles is a great sport…..

    —bobbie rumler on May 17, 2019
  • I have tried them but didn’t get very far. I’d like to see Pat’s techniques.

    —Mary on May 17, 2019
  • I haven’t tried it but it looks like something I might give a try.

    —barb on May 21, 2019
  • Not yet, but Pat sure does make it look simple!

    —Shirley on May 28, 2019

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