Triangle Tricks Quilts

The May Island Batik ambassador challenge is all about triangles. We were challenged to create a quilt of any size - using triangles. 

Like a lot of quilters, I generally prefer working with a combination of squares, strips and rectangles when making quilts. In my mind, they’re easier to piece together and the seams nest nicely. 

The triangle challenge had me tend towards HSTs. You can put together about a bazillion combinations with HSTs to come up with fun quilt designs. I even had a few HST blocks made up but put those aside for a few days (more on these blocks further down in this post).

But then an idea struck me. How about a triangle doodle quilt? I’d recently made a doodle quilt with curves, so why not try making one with triangles? 

I drew up the triangle shapes on parchment paper (grease proof paper), transferred to fusible paper, fused to fabric and then assembled my pieces just like you would a jigsaw - using the initial parchment paper design as my pattern.

The cutting stage is quite important to ensure the pieces all fit in together perfectly, so I took it (very) slowly. Once I’d fused everything in place I used monofilament thread to appliqué the shapes down.

I then layered my top with a piece of Hobbs batting, the backing and then quilted it using Aurifil 40wt thread in colour #2024 (white). It’s heavily quilted in wavy lines approximately 1/4” apart. 

I was very pleased with the final quilt - which led me to making two more. 

A few photos (below) to show the quilting. They're each a little bit different but all wavy, curvy lines.

A triangle has three sides, so I figured three quilts would work nicely together. Each one is different but all are made with Island Batik from the Tantalising Teals range (which I used earlier in the year… and I happen to have made a triangle quilt back then called Starburst in Teal) and almond foundation fabric for the backgrounds and binding.

Now, with the HSTs I'd created earlier - I put them together into a table runner. 

I used Tantalizing Teals fabric along with Island Batik solid in black. Island Batik fabric is so lovely to work with and is soft with a fine tight weave.

It's quilted with free motion lines and triangles using Aurifil thread in a turquoise colour #1148 - completely new to me but lots of fun to do.

Thanks to Island Batik who provided the inspiration and gorgeous fabric for this challenge. 

Aurifil thread is the other program sponsor and (in my opinion) make the best thread for piecing and quilting.

Thanks to Hobbs Batting for providing the batting. In this quilt, I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 bleached cotton batting. This batting is 80% cotton and 20% polyester and was really lovely to quilt.

Schmetz Needles have always been my go-to machine needle and I'm pleased that they're a program sponsor this year. 

All of the Island Batik Ambassadors will be creating triangle projects through May, so go ahead, pop into their blogs and see what they've created.


  1. the quilting that you did looks really good on these pieces

  2. All of these look great I love the wavy quilting they all seem to flow together

  3. concerned I am no longer your follower. I have checked different places for entries. Maybe you are busier than usual. ??

  4. The triangles look great......

  5. Your three pieces are SO amazing!!! I love how you drew the color thru to each piece.
    And the table runner is gorgeous!

  6. Anorina, these pieces are really amazing! I love what you did with the color!


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