Follow along as I make my first triangle quilt - step one, cutting with Marti Michell's fab template

My quilt guild has a challenge whose reveal is in October. The challenge is a “Dime” challenge, or do something that has 10 of something in it. Add to that Zara’s desire for a rainbow colored quilt for her newly decorated room and I have a quilt to make. I have been wanting to use Marti Michell’s fab template for equilateral triangles and I finally can. Follow along as I make my first triangle quilt.


The shop, Blue Willow Mercantile, where we have our guild meetings recently changed locations. As a result they had a fantastic sale. I got these fabrics to start and focused on how to make it be ten.

I realized that with the white background,dsc04855 I could have ten solids. Done!

This led to my super sophisticated plan and upper level mathematical calculations. You can see the professional paper here. Feel free to make a copy, ha!

Basically if I have 9 colors and want a twin sized quilt I need to make 11 triangles of each color. I cut 12 just to be safe. Here is the way I did it.


Marti Michell’s template is for a 9 inch equilateral triangle. The 9 inches is the length of the sides but from top to bottom the triangle is 8.5″.

As a result I cut strips 8 1/2 inches wide. I cut two for each color. I needed a half a yard of all nine colors and 5 of the white.dsc04845

Those sides are along the bias and can be stretchy. I sprayed every strip, front and back with Niagara spray sizing or starch. This gave me nice crisp triangles.


Marti Michell’s template is nice and sturdy, I was able to cut 4 layers of fabric at a time. I cut extra of a few colors and it did 6 layers no problem.

I cut the extras because I will probably end up piecing the back. I think I row of triangles would dsc04849be a good way to do this.

I spent more time spraying the fabric than cutting the triangles. I generally don’t use a lot of templates but these were terrific. I had 12 to 18 triangles of each color pretty quickly.

Then I had to cut the white ones. I have to admit that getting to change colors was more fun than cutting 10 strips of white triangle. They are all done now and I am sure I will use them up in either the front or the back.

Now if I could just sew them together that quickly!



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I made a previous quilt with a rainbow palette, take a look.

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