Friday, August 20, 2021

No Mark Triangle Quilt Motif

As promised, a new video on how I quilted the diamond/triangle motif used on Qubix.


This motif looks so pretty, especially on that star fabric! And yes, you read it correctly - no marking was involved to quilt this motif. It's all about putting ruler lines to good use.

That's what this tutorial is all about - how to use ruler lines as reference points to stitch a design. Check out my No Mark Triangle Quilt Motif video to see this diamond/triangle design stitched out in real time.


As far as rulers go, my favorite is the 2" x 7" Little Girl longarm ruler by The Gadget Girls, who unfortunately, have retired. But the ruler is still available through Hab and Dash, my favorite thread supplier. I like it because it's easy to control, and comes with several 1/4" lines horizontally, a few vertically, and 2 lines at 45 degree angles, all just enough to help map out a quilt design.

Those ruler lines plus the block corners are all I needed to create this motif. Starting my stitching 1/4" away from the sashing, in the center of the triangle, I liked the angle that occurred for the next stitching line when positioning my ruler edge at the block corner.

Then it's the customary stop 1/4" away from the seam, creating echo lines.

For the mirror angle on the other side, the stopping location is total guess-work. I'd rather stop short, test my ruler measurement/placement on that side to see how much further I need to go before starting the angled stitch line.

Once everything is lined up with the corner and the center point, the stitching can continue. And now I have a diamond shape in my triangle.

For the triangles on the sides of the motif, I played with the angle I wanted, taking note of where the block corner was in relation to the ruler lines. For this size block, it's 1 1/2 lines. I'm also using the ruler's 45 degree line to help placement.

That's an easy line to stitch, again stopping at the seam, echoing, then continuing with an echo along the sashing to get to the other side of the block.

Once again, it's guess-work as to where to stop but the ruler lines come in handy for placement. In this case, I was a couple stitches short, so after adding those, stitching the last angle to complete the triangle was a breeze.

Here's the motif again - oh so simple yet perfect for the space.

I hope this pretty little diamond/triangle motif has served as inspiration for using more rulers in your quilting.

Happy Quilting!

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  1. I love using rulers and doing designs like this - thank you!!

  2. Thanks for the encouragement and the mini tutorial! I'll be using it in the future!

  3. I love this little tutorial. It really is perfect and an easy motif with lots of punch!


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