So here we go, the second part of my Triangle in a Square ruler comparison.
This is what prompted me to start purchasing triangle in a square rulers,
the sunflower blocks in this pattern, Desert Bloom.
Last week I blogged about the Quilt in a Day Triangle in a Square ruler set,
I loved everything about these rulers except their size limitations, you can only make 3" and 4" finished blocks with this set. To read my review of these rulers click here.
This week I'm testing out the Tri Tool and Recs Tool ruler set by Darlene Zimmerman and Joy Hoffman for EZ Quilting. I'm happy to report that this ruler worked out so much better than my Petal Ruler experience, which was also a Darlene Zimmerman ruler.
So here are the rulers you need to make the block.
To cut the triangle portion of the block, strips are cut the exact width of the unfinished block.
Since I'm making a 3 inch finished block, I cut my strip 3 1/2 inches wide, very easy, very straightforward.
Next you cut the outer sections of the block, these strips are also cut the same width as the unfinished block. The like sides of the fabric must be folded together. This is a very important step.
Another very important step is to trim that corner off the left side of the strip.
Then you align the pieces and sew.
This is a closeup shot of how to line up the pieces. See why cutting off that corner is so important?
That top piece just fits perfectly on top of the bottom corner.
Align the second size and stitch.
Here are the two finished blocks. The one on the left was made using the Tri Recs rulers and the one on the right was made using the Quilt in a Day rulers. Both blocks are 3 1/2 inches, exactly.
Both blocks came out perfectly.
There is a great tutorial on the Simplicity website explaining how to make the triangle in a square block using the Tri Recs rulers. (click here)
I prefer the Quilt in a Day method, I think the outer edges of the Quilt in a Day ruler were easier to cut, (no corners to trim off like the Tri Recs) and I like being able to square them up to get the correct size. So if I'm making a 3 or 4 inch finished block that's the ruler I"ll use. But the Tri Recs was also easy to use and makes a great block in so many other sizes, so I'm keeping both sets of rulers.
Dawn, at First Light Designs, left a comment last week saying that she prefers the Deb Tucker V-Block Trimmer to make these blocks, so keep that one in mind also as you shop.
Bottom line, there are several great rulers out there to help us with this block, I no longer have an excuse for avoiding patterns that use it, and that's a good thing!