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Tri Recs Ruler Fun

Happy Thursday!

Our embroidery/quilt club this week focused on using the Tri-Recs tool.

tri recs ruler combo
tri recs ruler combo

The Tri-Recs ruler combination is the easy way to make triangles with in a square – a popular feature in many patchwork quilt patterns. I find it to be one of the handiest ruler sets I own. There is a cut off angle on the recs portion of the combo set that makes aligning and sewing the units extremely accurate.

Initially I had trouble with the set but after watching Bonnie Hunter’s videos the light bulb came on and I’ve loved the Tri-Recs rulers ever since.

The recs portion of the tool allows you to make half rectangle triangles — which is my favorite. The tricky part is understanding if you need a right or left diagonal seam – it’s best to sketch out your design before cutting the fabric — I learned the hard way 😦

Our first project was piecing simple hrt units for placemats using the recs only portion of the tool. The placemats are 12 x 18 inches, each half rectangle unit measures 3 x 6 inches – you need 12 units to make one placemat. The fabric I used was from Moda’s V&Co ombre basics line.

Tri Recs placemat
Tri Recs placemat

For our table runner I created a petal block and used the 6.5 x 6.5 inch square of background fabric in the center for the embroidery. The petal block finishes at 12 x 12 inches. Each triangle in a square finishes at 3 inches — you need 8 units to make the petal block, you also need (4) 3.5 x 3.5 unfinished squares of background fabric for the corners.

tri recs petaal
tri recs petal

Again using recs only portion I designed a funky pinwheel block that also finishes at 12 inches. Each quarter section of the pinwheel is made with a 3 x 6 half rectangle triangle, a 3.5 x 3.5 inch half square triangle, plus (1) 3.5 x 3.5 unfinished squares of background fabric for the corners.

Tri Recs Pinwheel
tri recs pinwheel

After adding sashing and border the table runner measures 15 x 41 inches.

tri recs
tri recs table runner

I absolutely loved the backing fabric used for both placemats and table runner. I found it a JoAnn’s!

I also displayed another table topper using the tool — I hope to have it finished soon.

tri recs
tri recs wip

If you are interested in making larger triangle in a square units or half rectangle units, Creative Grids offers the Perfect Rectangle and the Triangle Squared Rulers. Definitely more pricey and aren’t sold as a set.

I used the Creative Grids rulers to create a candy corn pinwheel – my sample pillow block is pictured below.

tri recs candy corn
tri recs

Have you tried the Tri-Recs tool? If so what’s your favorite quilt block to make using this ruler set?

Happy Sewing!

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12 thoughts on “Tri Recs Ruler Fun

  1. Hi Karla! I am so thrilled to see this post. I have the Tri-Recs tool and have used it only once – I can’t even remember what the project was. But, how cool is that it makes HRTs?! I definitely will check on Bonnie’s video – I could use some help with this tool. I LOVE your placemat – especially those fabrics. Hmm. I do NOT need another squirrel – I have to get that llama done. HAHA! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. Elizabeth E. on said:

    I loved all your projects, and think your use of the Tri-Recs was so clever and interesting. Fun to see all your great work–thanks for showing them.

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  3. Jocelyn Thurston on said:

    Hi Karla, I enjoyed your fall decorating post very much. You are quite talented with the quilting. I also love your embroidery you have used in this post. Those tools are quite useful in the right hands. Piecing is a challenge for me, sadly. Anyway, Happy Stitching from me!

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  4. Vicki in MN on said:

    Such cute projects!

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  5. dezertsuz on said:

    I have it, but I haven’t been as creative as you. I’ve just made the peaky and spike block. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Hello Karla! I have one of these rulers, but must admit that I hav always had the learning curve blues as well. I am going to have to get it out again and give it another try:). I love your candy corn❤️❤️

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