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Machine Quilting Designs: Triangles

Jennifer Keltner and Angela Walters show you how to use a stacked triangle design. It's perfect for sashing and borders! No rulers or marking needed.

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"Hi, I'm Jennifer, here with Handi Quilter's machine quilting ambassador Angela Walters. And we're here today to talk about sort of a funky, geometric design. If you're looking for something different, I think this is a great design, because it has two rules that I love: there are no rulers involved and no marking." "It's the perfect design." "It's really free-form. So you've got an example of stacked triangles here on your quilt. What I like about it is depending on how far apart you space your designs you can either get this sort of diamond pattern running through the middle or a square pattern if you make it a little more dense and close together. But explain to me how you stitch this design." "Well, it's actually pretty easy. If you think about a traditional wishbone design that kind of works it's way back-and-forth this way. It's the same thing, you're just coming to a point, coming back, and angling off that in the opposite direction. And like you said, I don't use rulers. I just kind of trying to get those diagonal lines pretty close, but again, if they're kind of off, I'm not worried about it." "So, the extra stitching lines on here were just something you added?" "I just added that. I was a little bored that day, so I felt I needed an extra line in this space. But you can leave that in or take it out. In fact, when I demo the design here in a second, I'm just going to do the stacked triangles." "Alright, well let's see you do it on the machine." "Now this design works well in borders or sashings or a lot of different sizes. You could use this even in wider borders, which makes it very handy. I'm going to quilt a diagonal line that goes up and almost touches the top of the block. Then I'm going to travel back, leaving some spacing in between. I want to make sure I can see the top of that triangle. If I quilt it in the seam, I'm going to lose that. And I'm going to angle down the opposite direction. And I'm just going to work my way across repeating that step. Now you can see the diagonals. I'm trying to keep them parallel so they're going pretty much the same angle. But like I said, I'm not worried about it." "Now what are you going to do when you get to the corner?" "What I'm going to do is just switch directions. Instead of continuing this way, I'm going to bring it over and then start working my way down." "Alright, let's see it." "And then just continue along. And you can actually go around if you have a log cabin or a square-in-a-square, you could easily work your way around the whole block doing this. So you're left with a design that wraps around nicely." "Now for me, I would think this is something where I might want to trace it out on paper a few times to sort of get that muscle memory going about where I'm headed. Would that be helpful?" "Yes, drawing out the design helps your brain remember where to go next. So if you're doing this and you get stuck, maybe take a second to draw it out. Or what I tell my students is if you do get to a point where you're not sure what to do, just stop and use your finger, and just kind of image where you're going to go next. And that will just kind of help your brain visualize how to get going." "Exactly. Stacked triangles is a very versatile stitch you might want to try on your next quilt. With a little practice you can do it, too."