Straight Line Triangles-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

Thank you again for helping us celebrate the birth of our grandson, Henry.  There is nothing like being a Grandmother!  (Though I’m having a hard time thinking of myself as a grandmother…)

Today I have a simple motif for you…if you keep it small (less than two inches)–it’s an EASY motif.  As the motif gets larger, it adds to the challenge level as it can be difficult to stitch long straight lines on a domestic sewing machine.   I recommend keeping this motif less than five inches wide.
Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  In the sample below, the lines are 1-1/2 inch apart.

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQIn this sample, the lines are four inches apart.
Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQNext, use a ruler and chalk to mark angled lines.

It is not necessary to make true triangles or to keep all of the angles the same.  It is more interesting if the “triangles” aren’t really triangles.
Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ

Begin stitching on one of the parallel lines.  Stitch parallel lines back and forth to fill the space.

Then turn the corner and stitch parallel to the first drawn line.

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQUsing the darning foot as your guide.  Try to keep it the same distance away from each line.
Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ


Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQAt each corner, stitch over a few stitches and begin the next “triangle”–always stitching parallel to your drawn lines.

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQThis is a great pattern to help you develop your eye for spacing.  Keep your eye on the distance between the presser foot and the previous line of stitching–the lines don’t need to be perfect–we want a hand made (not computer stitched) quilt!Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ

If your border is wider than you can handle comfortably…stitch multiple rows of the pattern and add a little something between the rows rather than enlarging beyond five or six inches. (Any curvy motif like spirals or leaves or flowers would look nice here--See all the motifs HERE).

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQREMEMBER–Whenever you encounter a motif that is difficult to stitch on your domestic sewing machine, try a “work around”.

Often the new pattern is even better than the planned motif and no one will be the wiser that you really wanted to stitch an eight inch border with this motif!

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQAs Tim Gunn would say “Make it Work, People!”

Make sure to drop by tomorrow to see this motif “in action”.–It might surprise you!

Happy Stitches!


NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE with it’s bright light and huge bobbin…using Aurifil cotton thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon on top–love that sheen–and the two threads lockstitch beautifully!

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26 thoughts on “Straight Line Triangles-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. Lori, question regarding the chalk you are using in the demo. Does it wash out? Or just rub off? Does it come in a darker color for lighter fabrics? You probably answer that in your Craftsy class – which I bought, but have not had time to watch yet. Thanks!

  2. I LOVE this!!! And regarding marking a quilt, I save the slivers of bar soap from our showers…and use it to mark my quilts. It washes out or wipes off easily. I agree, the yellow chalk does not come out. It ruined a quilt of mine. LOVE this border design, can’t wait to see tomorrow’s post. Lori, you are aMAZing!

  3. Lori, I just finished watching your whole class. All I can say is WOW !! It will become a classic! I have followed your blog for over a year and you have given me so much confidence in all my free motion. Your class is so excellent and thorough! I am so excited to be able to watch it again and again! To see you in action is priceless! Especially to see how you think through your compositions. It is amazing! You are a pioneer in the relaxed approach to free motion. It is so much fun with beautiful results! Anyone who follows this blog MUST get your class. They will LOVE it !!

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  5. Hi Laurie, I’ve been watching for a while and really enjoying your posts. Wanting to do the ruler class in craftsie. But where do I buy a foot for my berninia? Thanks for any info.

  6. Cathy, I also took the Craftsy ruler class. Amy Johnson’s blog has lots of info on feet for different machines. I purchased a high shank foot from Westalee. It really is much easier to NOT use the ruler foot but to draw your lines and free motion or straight stitch them. It was more limiting to me than using Lori’s techniques. The class does teach you how to use the ruler but it does not offer the creativity and ideas that Lori’s class does.

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