Friday, June 8, 2012

Tri Recs Puzzler

Sewing machine time this week has been nearly non-existent, but some progress was made on the UFO project of the month prep.  First, a bunch of MATH to see if the 1/3 yard of background fabric from stash was going to be enough.  J-u-s-t squeaked by on that note!  Then, instead of making a template from the magazine pattern for the X's and O's, since my record with template accuracy has not been great, I bought a set of Tri-Recs rulers. 

Squares, rectangles and tri-rectangles ready to go.  Folding the fabric in half before cutting gave me the reversed triangle at the same time.  It's so nice to have these things mentioned in the directions in case I hadn't thought of it before pushing the rotary cutter through my limited fabric :).

The Recs Tool includes a notched edge at the top of the triangle for lining up the offset pieces when placed right sides together.  I'm looking forward to that extra help at assembly time.

It was a puzzle to cut the brown striped fabric and get all the tri-recs pieces in their proper spots in matched pairs--I just couldn't let the stripes go willy-nilly. Though the background fabric is a bit light compared to the tan blocks, I like the contrast with the brown.  So, pressing onward to construction! 

11 comments:

Vivian said...

The Tri-Recs ruler is more multi-purpose than a quilter would suspect. Looks like you're putting it to good use. The investment in a tool now and then saves on headaches and math challenges.
What's the name of this interesting, complex block? We had show-and-tell of round robin projects at guild last night, and this looks identical to the block one lady made for the start of her quilt.
I like your fabric combinations.

Janet O. said...

I don't think I have seen this block pattern used before, either. Very interesting design--looks like it will have a great secondary pattern.

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cool block design...and neat to see another use for TriRecs pieces.

Darlene said...

Very, very cool and interesting, Annie. Can't wait to see more.

Patrica said...

I haven't used the Tri-recs ruler but I so want to. Lead on!

Cynthia L. said...

I love the contrast of the colors. I have never seen this pattern either, but I like it a lot. I also have not see the ruler before, but then again, my quilting has been on the back burner. As always, you do great work and have an eye for color.

Shay said...

I haven't seen this tool before, but Im not one for complicated patterns so that's not surprising!

I'll be watching this quilt with interest to see how it turns out. I think it's going to be very pretty!

Candace said...

I love this ruler, Annie! It can be used in so many ways! Truly worth the purchase! Your new UFO challenge is very interesting and I love the colors you chose! Happpy Birthday to Minnie, too!
Cheers!

Kate said...

Looks great. You are being brave working with stripes. They always look so fun, but take so much work to make them work out.

Chris said...

Cool block! How many are you going to make? I'm looking forward to seeing what the secondary design looks like.
You did well with the stripes, I also prefer them not to go willy nilly!!LOL

Ольга Т. said...

Очень интересная конфигурация блока! Смотрится сложно. Красиво!