Tri-Recs Tool Review & Mini-Tutorial

(Fat Quarter Shop provided me with this tool, the review is entirely my own)

When using the Tri-Recs Tool you will work primarily with strips – 1.5” to 6.5” wide by width of fabric (WOF). As seen in yesterday tutorial of my Scrappy Trees block – you can easily use this tool with scraps as well.

The Tri-Recs Tool comes with 2 acrylic triangles and 2 pamphlets full of instructions and block diagrams. The thing I love best about the tool is that it has notches in multiple spots for easy alignment of your fabrics.

When used correctly you will have 2 separate notches in your “rectangle” pieces.

It is these notches that allow for perfect alignment every time – which in turn helps to avoid unnecessary and tiresome trimming of your blocks.

I started out with 2 strips of Imperial Pheasant measuring 3.5” by WOF and I started cutting and sewing, absolutely no plan in mind. I simply wanted to work with the ruler and see what it could do. I then proceeded to create a block that I had a hard time looking at without going cross-eyed (it would be better with different fabric placement choices!), but in creating it I realized that I didn’t trim a single piece and my block measure exactly 12.5”x12.5”! Now I ask you, how often does that ACTUALLY happen?!?

As you can see I incorporated both tools creating triangles in squares and rectangles in the block. The fact that I didn’t have to trim just astounds me.

Next up, I wanted to create something that I dearly loved. Again, I had no real plan, but knew that whatever I made needed to be wall hanging size (Imperial Pheasant reminds me of my mom – especially these colors and Mother’s Day is coming…).

This time I cut 1 strip of the blue – 5.5” by WOF, 1 strip of cream 5.5” by WOF and I still had my 3.5” strips of blue and purple from the first block. I also cut 1 purple 5.5” square. I created this:

Using the 60⁰ Triangle Tool on the blue – I cut four 5.5” triangles. Using the Rectangle Tool and the cream, I cut 4 sets of 5.5” rectangle sections (8 total). I sewed those together and then pieced my block.

To make the borders I used the 60⁰ Triangle Tool only and cut alternating blue and purple 3.5” triangles. I pieced those together and added the borders. The border corners were 3.5” squares of the cream.

For more inspiration, my friend Michele from Quilting Gallery has made a gorgeous quilt using the Tri-Recs Tool. You can see her progress pictures here and you can see her finished quilt here. The versatility of the Tri-Recs Tool is beautifully demonstrated in Michele’s Quilt.

Things I like about the Tri-Recs Tool:

  • The notches make it exceptionally easy to sew your sections accurately – when sewing with a consistent ¼” seam, no trimming is required. There is ZERO guess work!
  • There is virtually no learning curve. The two pamphlets and the included diagrams are easy to use and follow – one quick perusal and I was off and creating.
  • You can create finished blocks measuring 6.5” square.  Guiding star before borders was 15.5” square – lots of flexibility with size.
  • This is a great ruler to make borders with – I have never done a triangle or rectangle border now (would never have considered it – too hard!) – now I think they will become a more regular design feature in my quilting projects.

Area’s For Improvement:

  • I really don’t have any…believe it or not.  For both projects I created, I didn’t have any plan, I just started cutting and sewing and the projects went together beautifully, seamlessly and QUICKLY.

Final Thoughts:

If you are ready to conquer triangles and create some wonderful border details then it is time to purchase the Tri-Recs Tool. I didn’t realize just how much I needed this ruler until I had it! I know I will be using it often in future projects.

Do you have the Tri-Recs Tool? You can purchase yours from Fat Quarter Shop and make sure you also enter their giveaway on Monday’s post too!

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8 Responses to Tri-Recs Tool Review & Mini-Tutorial

  1. Lisa L. says:

    I really like these blocks!! I am going to have to give the tool a try for sure. Happy Leap Day!

  2. Dawn says:

    Great blocks! I love the triangles in the borders. I guess I must
    add this tool to my list. :)

  3. Terry says:

    What pretty blocks! Thanks for the review…I’ve added this tool to my shopping list.

  4. Jacque says:

    Great tutorial….this tool is going on my wish list that is prominently posted for when certain people start asking “wonder what mom wants for her birthday/for mother’s day/for any other occasion”!! LOL

  5. Katy says:

    That looks great, sure your mum will love what you’re creating for her

  6. Connie says:

    Great review Melissa and block! I’ve got those templates and love them!

  7. ana ramirez says:

    me gustan sus tutoriales, se a prende mucho. saludos.

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