01 October 2012

DIY: 60 Degree Angle Triangle Quilt Tutorial

Here is a tutorial for putting together a 60 degree angle quilt.

I really enjoy the playful geometric design of this quilt and hope this will be helpful for your future 60 degree project.

To begin, I will demonstrate how to cut a 60 degree angle.  It can seem a bit unnerving, but it is easy to learn and brings design options to a whole new level!

First, find the 60 degree line on your cutting ruler.

Make sure you use your cutting mat!  I just photographed it this way to better show the lines I am referring to.

Align your 60 degree angle with the top of the fabric.  Cut along the left side.

Flip your ruler, align the 60 degree angle with the top of your fabric AND THE POINT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FABRIC, then cut along the right side of the ruler.

 Continue flipping and cutting until you have as many triangles you need from each fabric.

 See, easy peasy!

Now, on to fabric requirements (based off 5" x WOF strips)...

Doll Quilt (approx. 19" x 17"): 36 triangles
Baby Quilt (approx. 34" x 43"):  150 triangles

The doll quilt has four rows, each with nine triangles.
The baby quilt has 10 rows, each with 15 triangles.

Lay out the triangles on a flat surface.

These quilts are stitched together row-by-row.  Stitch triangles together like so...

overlap, right-sides-together, stitch...

and press seams open

Now stitch rows together.

As you are doing so, try to match the points (circled in the below image).

It would look something like this with right-sides-together.

Stitch and press seams open.

Cut ends straight using your ruler.

Bright and cheerful!

It wasn't until after cutting the triangles that I realized I had a repeating print.  The bright pink and orange fabrics with white spots.  Drats!  I considered using these orange squares instead, but I am running rather low on this fabric and decided to stick with the orange dots.  Those spots shout at me every time I look at these pics, but hopefully when its actually wrapped around my daughters doll I won't notice it so much.



  1. What a great tutorial! I had no idea there was a ruler for this type of triangle (I should have known better!). I will be on the hunt for one so I can make one of these adorable quilts, which I've been dying to do anyway. :)

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. I always forget how to use the angle lines.

  3. Great tutorial. Thank you. I've been wanting to create with 60 degree pieces. This will be very helpful.


  4. Thank you for this fabulous tutorial. L

  5. Thank you for this. It kept me from going out and buying the special ruler!

  6. Thanks for this tutorial! Yours is the first one I have found that actually shows how to join the rows. Seeing it now, it is so obvious but I always got stumped looking at the overlapping ends with that middle point. Clarity at last ;) - Gille

  7. Thank you for this tutorial. I am using it to make a project for the Project QUILTING Season 5 final Challenge. Here is the link, and maybe you would like to join real quick. http://www.persimondreams.com/2014/03/project-quilting-season-5-challenge-6triangles.html

  8. Thanks for the tutorial and sizes it makes!!! I should be making one of these soon!

  9. good instructions - thankyou. I'm thinking of using the technique for one block wonders.

  10. Thank you so much. you have reallyheped