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

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!

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