I bought this pattern ages ago, it's Desert Bloom by Bread and Butter Quilts. I always think I'll get to it at the end of summer, when sunflowers are blooming like crazy around here. One of the things stopping me are those triangle in a square blocks that make up those sunflowers.
Knowing that I needed to make that type of block, I was on the lookout for a ruler to help me out. Somewhere along the line I bought two but never used them, never even played with them.
This is the Tri Tool and Recs Tool made by EZ Quilting.
And these are Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day Triangle in a Square rulers.
First up, the Quilt in a Day rulers. You can make two different size blocks with this ruler, 3" and 4" finished blocks.
To make the "square" part of the block you cut a strip of fabric one inch larger than the unfinshed size of the triangle in a square block. Fold the fabric so like sides are together, cut the strip a specified width, which is provided in the instructions, and cut that rectangle once, on the diagonal.
Using this ruler, you cut the triangle portion of the block. The width of this fabric is the same as the width you used above.
Then you sew each side on to the triangle, lining up the piece like this, with that point hanging over the top.
Press, then attach the other side in the same manner.
This is my favorite part of this ruler, you take the other template and use it to square up the block.
First the top . . .
then the bottom.
The instructions that accompany the templates are wonderful, clear, easy to follow, and with wonderful illustrations.
I'm a make it bigger and square it gal so this ruler really suits me. I wonder why I was so hesitant to make this block, it's easy! The only draw back that I see is the size limitation of these rulers. The rulers are still available and run $14.95. (click here)
I love this ruler set and am anxious to compare it to the EZ Quilting set, which I'll do next Tuesday since this post is already long and picture heavy.
As always, these tools posts are more informative when folks who have actual experience with them, good or bad, leave comments, feel free to pass along any information you may have about a Triangle in a Square ruler or block.
Thanks so much!