You may have already seen this two-fabric quilt floating around the SQ blog. It was featured in the post Should You Prewash Fabric? I made this Triangle Jitters quilt a couple years ago and it's one I actually kept for myself. Not only that, this simple yet stately piece is the only quilt I keep in my bedroom. Quite the honor!
There are many variations of the Triangle Jitters quilt pattern – some are scrappy and some are colorful. The pattern itself is written for 3 separate color blocks and a background fabric; however, if you combine Colors 1-3 into one group, like I did here, you can create a completely different look!
Believe it or not, this quilt was made entirely from my fabric stash and an IKEA duvet. I have lots of cream, natural and ivory solids in my scrap bin, so it wasn't hard to scrape together enough for a throw quilt. I love the added texture the various background shades bring to this design. In my opinion, it accentuates its uniqueness and handmade quality while still remaining simple and chic.
If you're interested in making a quilt just like this, but don't have a basket full of solid cream fabric at your fingertips, I recommend getting an assortment of these solid shades....
Two-Fabric Triangle Jitters Quilt
- Background: An assortment of cream fabric possibly including: Kona Snow, Kona Bone and Kona Ivory
- Colors 1-3: Gray striped IKEA duvet - I can't find this exact duvet on the IKEA website, but this striped Essex will give you a very similar look.
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Even though I made this two-fabric quilt a while ago, this afternoon as the snow fell in beautiful nickel-sized flakes, I ran upstairs and grabbed it for a quick photoshoot in our neighborhood park. Being the good sports that they are, the Quilts family accompanied me. Everyone got pretty soggy, but lucky for us there are no shortage of dry quilts waiting at home.
Here they are trudging home. Aren't they troopers?
Have you made a two-fabric quilt? Or maybe you have a new year's resolution to do so? Tell us in the comments!
22 thoughts on “Make a Two-Fabric Quilt with the Triangle Jitters Quilt Pattern”
I love this quilt and your photos are marvelous – just perfect for that particular quilt. I want to make that! Can someone please relieve me of the dozen or so UFOs haunting my quilt room? Not to mention the dozen or so other projects I would like to start.
Good morning, love the two tone triangle jitters quilt, and tried to purchase the pattern. However, I can’t connect with your site. I understand that this is a download pattern, so being in Cananda should not be an issue, or is it. Looking forward to heariong from you. Saskia Loomans-Jones
Hi Saskia, there shouldn’t be an issue with purchasing from Canada. You do, however, have to have a PayPal account, even if you pay with a credit card. If you send an email to me at email@example.com I can troubleshoot with you. So sorry about the hassle!
Hi Jen, was finally able to purchase this pattern, but having difficulty finding where to download it from. Should I have seen that directly on the order confirmation page, or do you send a seperate email with same? Really looking forward to using this pattern, plan to do a two tone. Saskia
After purchasing a pattern you should receive an email receipt from PayPal followed by an email from Suzy Quilts with a hyperlink to the download. Sometimes that email gets lost in junk or spam folders, so double check there.
Love this quilt pattern! Do you think it could easily be scaled to make a queen size quilt?
Totally! There is a half square triangle conversion chart included so you can figure out how large the blocks need to be. This HST post also has a couple different ways to scale up blocks. Since the blocks will be getting kinda big, you might want to use the two-at-a-time method rather than the four-at-a-time method from the pattern.
I’m working on a 2-fabric TJ quilt right now! I took lots of inspiration from your stripe version and chose…uhh, a striped fabric. It looks SO GOOD. I made sure all the abutting stripe blocks were perpendicular. Excited to finish this one, and I’m always surprised at how fast TJ comes together! <3
I love the grey stripes with this pattern. What size duvet do you recommend buying for this project? I’m thinking about making a throw size..
I think the smallest duvet they sell is for a twin and that will be more than enough. I bought a queen duvet and was able to use it in three different quilts. I even backed a quilt with it!
Thank you for this post, Suzy! Do you have a post where you talk in more detail about using fabrics that aren’t off the bolt (like a duvet)? I see people on the SQ FB group talking about using Target sheets but I’d love your take!!
I’m a quilting newbie and have found your site/designs to be invaluable. I’m hoping to join the Grow quilt a long and take it slow 🙂 Thanks again, Kathleen
If you look up the “Quilty Adventure” series I have articles on quilting with different kinds of fabric. I haven’t covered sheets and duvets specifically, but as long as you like the feel of them, you can sew with them! However, if you find low thread count scratchy sheets, they will end up making scratchy quilts.
HI Suzy, love the quilt totally! But also love those joyfilled snowy pics too. Thanks for sharing. CarolG
Your son is growing so fast. Ty for sharing his pics with grandmas like me. I plan to purchase this pattern after I am done with the quilt I am working on.
Suzy, your quilt family is lovely, as is your quilt. I appreciate your publishing about using other fabrics to make your quilts. As an amateur it s so much easier for me to use a FB fabric pieces to back my quilts, but this is not popular in my guild Will follow your pics and look forward to Spring💐
Hi! I love this quilt and have already made a couple versions. I was wondering if you could tell me the backing material you used for the striped version? Thanks so much!
Hey Sarah, it’s a linen/cotton blend by Cotton & Flax. I believe it’s part of her Arroyo collection – https://cottonandflax.com/pages/fabric
Thank you so much!
Hi! I am starting my first quilt with the triangle jitters pattern. The instructions say the HST should be 6” finished. Should I leave SA so it is 6” finished on the quilt or cut the HST to 6” around and it will be slightly smaller on the quilt?
The pattern will guide you as to how big to cut your squares that will become half square triangles. No need to add seam allowance.
Love this quilt pattern (already purchased), especially as rendered in the stripe version. Presently trying to decide if I want to try this stripe version or some other. I am very much a novice (have only made two very simple crib quilts ever). Looks to me like your stripe squares are cut at a 45 degree angle; is this so, and does that mean most of the piecing would be on the bias? That might require a bit more skill than I have. I am a little concerned about stretching of the fabric and having my corners meet properly. Did read about the use of starch, so that may help. Thanks.
Hi Elaine, this pattern does use the 4-at-a-time HST method, so there are bias edges. I think if you use starch and pin your blocks while sewing you will be totally fine. This is still a beginner friendly pattern.