For another new baby coming into our family, we made this peachy triangle baby quilt. It was inspired by a quilt spotted in a pricey boutique. In our do-it-yourself version, we used four solids in varying shades paired with a metallic gold polka dot. Finished size is about 40″ x 63″.
-5/8 yard of five fabrics for the triangles
-1/2 yard binding fabric
-2 yards backing fabric
The first thing you will want to do is choose your color palette–we used 5 different fabrics, gray, gold polka dots, and 3 shades of coral. This pattern takes on a completely different–and really cool– look when done with scraps.
Cut each fabric into 5″ strips (this is a baby quilt, so we used four 5″ strips from each color). Then, cut each strip into 60 degree equilateral triangles; i.e. each side of the triangle should measure 5″.
When all of your triangles are cut, stack them up and admire your work– they will look something like this.
To sew these together, lay two triangles side by side with the points going opposite directions, or long sides facing.
Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew along one side from point to point. Clip the extra fabric off at the points to reduce some of the bulk at seam intersections.
Before you get too many sewn together, decide whether you want to plan out your pattern in advance or let it happen randomly. We did more of a random placement, while trying to used the same amount of each color. Continue sewing triangles together in rows. For this size of quilt, we used 18 triangles per row.
Sew the rows together, matching triangle points carefully until you reach the desired size. We did 14 rows for this oversize baby quilt.
When all rows are sewn together, trim each side to remove the extra triangle bits along the edge. Leave a 1/4″ amount past the triangle points to be covered by binding.
Here it is on our long-arm quilting machine. We quilted it with a simple looped scallop design, so it wouldn’t detract from the overall pattern.
Cut binding 2 1/4″ wide, and angle the ends at 60 degrees. Sew all strips together, press, fold in half lengthwise and press again.
Sew binding to the front of the quilt, using 1/4″ seam. Miter the corners by sewing to the end of a side, folding the binding over and then sewing down the next side.
Match and seam the binding where it meets and finish sewing the binding all the way around.
Sew the binding to the back of the quilt by hand with a hidden whip stitch. These little plastic clips are great for hold the binding in place while you sew it on.
-Diane & Audrey