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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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14 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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  7. That is an amazing piece with the Tri Recs ruler set! I’ve had that set for years and only made one piece with it. It has so many awesome possibilities! Your table(s) must look fantastic as you make some lovely table runners!

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