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Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Tuesday Tutorial: Using Tri Recs ToolsSome quilters LOVE specialty rulers and acrylic tools. Others take a kind of pride in never using such “novelties”. But no matter where you are on the quilting tools scale, chances are you’ve heard of Tri-Recs™ tools by Wrights® EZ Quilting. For cutting patches for the often-used square-in-a-triangle unit or “peaky and spike”, you just can’t beat this set of 2 acrylic rulers. What can you make with Tri-Recs tools? How about adorable Tree Tumble quilt blocks as patterned in the November/December 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting?

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Patches for the units with the green trees bordered by two white triangles can be cut quickly and accurately with the Tri-Recs tools. Erin Russek taped a video for our Block Builders Workshop series showing exactly how to use these tools to cut perfect triangle patches of both types. For those of you who prefer still photographs, here are some highlights from the video:

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The Tri-Recs product is a set of two acrylic tools. Each can cut patches for many different sizes of triangle-in-a-square or peaky and spike units.

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The larger tool is used to cut the center triangle patches for the units from a strip of fabric. Rotate the tool to cut alternate triangles from the fabric strip if you need more than one.

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The smaller tool is used to cut the side triangles for the units. Fold a strip of fabric in half to cut 2 side triangles at a time, one of each orientation.

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Just that quickly, your patches are ready! Trimming along the “magic angle” notch on the smaller tool creates blunt ends on the side patches that will line up perfectly for sewing.

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The “magic angle” in action. Lining up the patches for sewing is super easy!

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Getting the second small triangle lined up is just as easy.

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Ta dah! A perfect square-in-a-triangle or peaky and spike unit!

Watch Erin’s video here, and then get out your Tri-Recs tools and start cutting! The pattern for the Tree Tumble quilt block is in the November/December issue of McCall’s Quilting. Tri-Recs tools are available in our online shop.

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