You guys know what my #1 rule is about mysteries, don’t you?
I have gone out of my way to offer up a gorgeous mystery quilt FREE to you.
I have written it in TWO sizes so you can choose what you want to do.
I have given you FOUR ways to piece these Tri-Rec units –either with the rulers, or with inklingo, or with printed templates, or with foundation paper piecing.
Questions I am getting repeatedly:
HOW MANY STRIPS OF BACKGROUND DO WE NEED TO CUT?!
The answer is simple – as many as it takes to get the job done. If you want to know how many of YOUR strips you need to cut? Simply cut one strip – and cut the units from that strip until the strip is gone. Count your units. Now you know what you can get from one strip – do some simple math. Now how may strips do you need to get the number required? Don’t wait around for someone else to provide you the answer. You can do it. I have faith in you! I know you can! You can learn something new from every quilt you make. Figuring it out yourself means less work for someone else ---
But the biggest Boo Hoo of all is folks complaining that they don’t like templates, they don’t like rulers, they don’t like paper piecing, and they don’t want to take the time to print on fabric. Please post regular rotary cutting directions ---my inbox is full of these unhappy whinings and requests.
If you want to know WHY there are no rotary cutting instructions for the tri recs units, it’s because the cutting looks like this:
The star points can be cut from 4 1/4” X 2 1/8” rectangles. This has been rounded up to the nearest 1/8” – I don’t know how accurate it is, but you have some major long dog ears and no way to know how to place this against your base triangle.
And the cutting of the base triangle? How many of you have a 63 degree line on your “regular” rotary cutting ruler? I know I don’t. I have 60 degrees, but not 63 degrees.
It’s because of this that regular rotary cutting is NOT user-friendly in this instance. But if you want to print it out, there is a pdf for it HERE. I’ve added that for you.
What I don’t understand ---is why there is so much complaining on something I am offering up for you as a reader appreciation gift?
If it isn’t complaining about “not liking specialty rulers” or “not liking templates” or “not liking printing on fabric” or “I really hate paper piecing” It’s complaining about how much printer paper and ink it takes to print each clue.
For a free mystery.
That is given as a gift.
We can be better than this. We can be kinder than this. We can be more gracious than this.
And you deserve the right tools on hand to make your quilting a better experience than this, you ARE worth it!
Much love --