How to Quilt Triangle Pop


How to Quilt Triangle Texture, Lori Kennedy, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

One of my favorite texture motifs is Grid Pop.  I use it frequently in my quilts including Mr. Nutcracker and Fall Harvest.

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak Leaf

The Grid Pop technique can easily be modified to create texture in different shapes.

If your quilt has a lot of diamonds, you might want to create “Diamond Pop” and if your quilt has a lot of triangles, “Triangle Pop” might suit your quilt better.


Triangle Pop is a great motif to fill a sashing or narrow border!  I recently used this in a quilt with a two-inch sashing.

Kimberly Einmo Quilt, Lori Kennedy Quilt


The first thing you will need to do is determine the proportions.  In the sample below, I started with a two inch strip to replicate sashing.


How to Quilt Triangle Texture, Lori Kennedy, FMQDraw a centerline between the two drawn lines (or seamlines if this quilting a sashing strip).

(I used a Clover Chalk Triangle-but any marking tool will work!)

In this case the centerline is one inch from each line.

(If your sashing is three inches, the centerline is 1-1/2 inches away from each line.)

How to Quilt Triangle Texture, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

Use this measurement to determine the cross lines.  (My crosslines were 1 inch apart.)

How to Quilt Triangle Texture, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

Mark the diagonal lines by drawing from the edge to the center lines.

How to Quilt Triangle Texture, Lori Kennedy, FMQ


Stitch the outlines of the triangles.How to Quilt Triangle Texture, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

How to Quilt Triangle Texture, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

Complete the row of triangles and then stitch down the right side to finish the outline.

How to Quilt Triangle Texture, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

Fill in the small triangles with very close straight line stitching.

The trick is to carefully fill into the corners to create the definition.
How to Quilt Triangle Texture, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

When I am adding this motif to a quilt, my primary goal is to create texture so I don’t want to call attention to the stitching.  Usually a subtle color contrast works best.  I generally choose a color similar to (but not an exact match) to the background fabric.  Any weight thread will work.How to Quilt Triangle Texture, Lori Kennedy, FMQ


Once you see how well this technique looks in quilts, I’m sure YOU will want to try different proportions and shapes!

What about YOU?

Does YOUR quilt need a little “pop” of texture?

Does YOUR quilt have a lot of flying geese?

What other shape would make YOUR quilt “pop”?

We’d LOVE to hear!


Lori Redenbacher

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

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16 thoughts on “How to Quilt Triangle Pop

  1. I am new to your blog and so happy to have found it. Your explanations and visual step by step pictures has already allowed me to do more than just stich in the ditch or like kind. Thank you. You are a great teacher communicator.

  2. This post couldn’t be more timely! I recently prepared the quilt sandwich for a baby quilt, but couldn’t decide on the quilting. It has a center pieced “medallion” surrounded by a 3-inch sashing/frame, as well as narrower sashing frames around some of the blocks in the medallion (wish I could attach a photo, because I’m terrible at description!). I think this design would be perfect and would lead me to some ideas for the rest of the quilted areas. Thanks, Lori!

  3. Although I have actual flying geese on my mystery quilt, this is what I will be using on them! Look for the quilt at the June show!

  4. Wanted to say…you are a wonderful instructor. Your guides not only tell but show in details what you mean to be done. I’ve pieced for a long time, although not consistently, but never really got the “I can do” feel of actually quilting until stippling came into my view. I think this came from thinking quilters hand quilted and I knew my time was never going to be vested in hand quilting. I’ve gradually done some ruler work but don’t do enough of any one thing to develop a technique that i am comfortable. I so want a computerized system and yet know Ill never develop my style if I never attempt it.
    Thank you for all of your efforts to guide all of us quilters who feel inferior to those who we see as great or even good quilters.

  5. After I first found your blog, I needed to figure out how to quilt a table runner, done with HSQs in a zigzag pattern. From your site I learned how to make roses, which I ran down the center of the runner with some leaves. For the “setting” triangles on the sides, I did the grid pop. The overall effect looked like roses climbing a trellis. Thank you for great instruction and ideas.

  6. Pink and green is such a cheery springlike combination. I love the sneak peek of the half roses in pink thread you’ve slipped into the edges of the picture. I want to push away the advertising on the sides of the screen and see more of your detail 🤗 Hopefully the recipient of that particular quilt will appreciate all the intricate detailing you’ve done on it. I could see laying under it on a cold&flu-filled day, with no energy to do more than trace a finger along the delicate swaying pink lines.

  7. I feel like I really could do this on my next quilt. Question though: how do you move up to the next section to fill in? Follow your border lines? Or stop and start?

    • I did the full row at one time but you could do it in sections by stitching in the ditch to travel or by knotting off.

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