Disclaimer: Let me just start off by saying that I am not that great a piecer and all y’all might have better ways of doing this than I do. Please leave comments letting us all know what works for you because that’s what this here blog thing is really good for.
One of the more challenging piecing “units” is something that people call the Triangle in a Square. I find these really tricky so I have two rulers for this. I like each one but they both have their drawbacks. The first one I’m showing here is the Tri-Recs from Wrights.
This ruler is really great because it allows you to make this unit in several sizes and has a “magic angle” cut that helps you align your pieces very nicely. It also has awesome instructions.
Here I am using this to make a 3” (finished) Triangle in a Square unit. For my large triangle I cut a 3 ½” strip of light fabric. I lined the ruler up and made these two cuts.
For the smaller triangles I used two 3 ½” strips of fabric layered right sides together.
I made the first cuts to get the triangle.
Then I cut the “magic angle” which really helps when you align to sew.
To sew I lay out my pieces.
I flipped the left smaller triangle onto the large triangle
And aligned the corners like this.
From here I just sewed and pressed and repeated on the other side.
Along with five other 3 ½” blocks I was able to make this star.
If you look really close you can see that I wasn’t too accurate with my Triangle in a Sqaure units. Even though it was easy to align the triangles for piecing I found it hard to be consistent with getting a good ¼” seam along the top. Tomorrow I have a ruler to show you from Quilt in a Day that I also like for these units. I think it is more accurate but it only comes in two sizes…
Maybe I just need to learn to be more careful….sigh.