A sneak peek at what I have been working on for the last few days ~ an Equilateral Triangle Quilt. This simple design, using just a single patchwork shape, is so effective and looks great using solid fabrics, prints or a combination of both.
The difficulty when working with these triangles is the number of bias edges that you need to sew together. This design requires accurate cutting, gentle fabric handling, and accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance sewing to match seams and to end up with a flat and even quilt top.
I have used a fabric cutter to cut my triangles (I have both major brand fabric cutters and don't prefer one over the other). Using a fabric cutter and die helps to ensure that your triangles are cut accurately, and provided that you pay attention to the grain of the fabric when cutting AND when sewing your triangles together, it really does come together well.
I have used many difficult fabrics to make this quilt top - I'd guess at least 200 different fabrics - and I have alternated a darker fabric with a light (low volume) fabric. The triangles were sewn together in horizontal rows, pressing seam allowances to one side (alternating the direction of the seam allowances for each row so that seams nest together). The long seams (from sewing rows together) have been pressed open. This worked well for me.