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How QUICKLY does a week fly by? I can’t believe it’s Friday already, I swear it feels like I’ve barely begun to catch my breath!
But it has been so exciting seeing all of your progress on part 1 of our En Provence mystery and I know many of you are ready to move on to part 2.
Check out our Part 1 Progess from our first Mystery Monday Link-up HERE.
If you are STILL making the units from part 1, never fear. Just move on to Part 2 so you can keep up with what is going on, using your Part 1 units as your Leaders & Enders while building these!
Isn’t this array of fabric great? Laura Coe posted a photo of her fabric pull to my Quiltville Facebook wall and my heart skipped a beat!
This week our focus is all about MAGENTA!
And we are making THESE!
100 of them!
You will be using your constant fabric, and your neutrals for this step. And of course, your Tri-Recs rulers, or the equivalent thereof.
There are other manufacturers that make a similar item for “triangle in a square” and you can use them as long as your units come out the size they should be. Our units are going to measure 3 1/2’’ and finish at 3’’ in the quilt. You will follow their manufacturer's directions for sizes of strips to cut, they may be different than the Tri-Recs versions.
There IS an Accuquilt die for this size. #55027 is the model number.
This is the same unit we used in Celtic Solstice, and is also used in the Cathedral Stars pattern from the Free Patterns tab. I love this unit so much, that I often find places where I can use it again, and I love how it ended up in our En Provence as well.
Because I don’t want to re-invent the wheel, I am pulling out our cutting videos from Celtic Solstice to refresh your brain. The cutting and the sewing are the same, though the colors have changed and these units play a different role in En Provence. All of your base triangles will be scrappy neutrals (if you are going scrappy like me) and side triangles will be the one constant magenta. Photos to follow video.
Boy, can a girl change in 3 years!
Here are our En Provence fabrics for a recap:
Start with 3 1/2’’ strips of NEUTRALS
Place the 3 1/2’’ line on the base triangle ruler on the bottom edge of the fabric (Remember, line ON the fabric, NOT on the mat!) and cut first triangle. Swivel the ruler so the 3 1/2’’ line is now at the top of the strip set (ON THE FABRIC, not above it!) and make another cut, repeating the process to cut 100 base triangles.
For the Magenta, we also start with 3 1/2’’ strips.
Pardon my exploding pen accident!
I use my tools hard, and keep using them even if they are ugly. This exploding pen happened in my checked luggage. Luckily everything was in a ziplock bag!
Fold strip with right sides together. Pairs of triangles will be cut in mirror image. Place ANY line at the top of the strip set and trim all uneven ends and remaining selvage so you have a good square corner. (Shown for right handed cutting, lefties would trim up on the left end of the strip instead of the right.)
Don’t forget the notch!
Place the 3 1/2’’ line on the bottom edge of the fabric, and cut, remembering to trim angled upper corner.
Pivot and cut again!
Remember to trim notch here too!
Cut 100 mirror-image pairs!
When pairs are separated, you have right and left side triangles!
Here is the recycled sewing video from a much younger version of myself by treadle machine! I know the colors of the units are different, but remember they are the same size and assembly is the same:
Wow, that’s fun! Are you ready to make 100??
Match the notch with the bottom of the base triangle.
Gently press, and add the left side triangle – matching notch again!
Try ONE and measure!
The unit should be 3 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’. Sometimes I have to trim a few threads. We are hand guiding. There may be some variations in your piecing!
Remember that your strips need to be precise as well as your cutting precise before you can even worry about seam allowance. If the cutting and the seam allowance work together, you should have units that come out right on. Test one first and then….
Chain, chain, chain!
I know some of you are still waiting for Tri-Recs from me because you included them in your order with your Essential Triangle Tools which should be arriving by mid-December. My fingers are crossed that they arrive on time. All of the orders waiting for inventory came in AFTER November 18th.
I have some PDF options for those who want to just make “a few” before their tools arrive.
For Templates including seam allowance click HERE.
For paper piecing templates without seam allowance added click HERE. (6 per page, trim 1/4’’ beyond the line when trimming – 2 more per page this way!)
You will see THIS at the top of your browser in the address bar when opening in CHROME.
I spent HOURS trying to get things to print out the right size, and I found that Microsoft Edge was causing things to come out slightly smaller if I saved the file to my computer and tried to print it from there. They came out the RIGHT size if I opened the file on my website in Chrome, right-clicked to print FROM the screen view and UN-CHECKED THIS on the pop-up screen:
Un-check Fit to page!!
It needs to print “actual size”
If you are using Chrome (which I suggest for printing these in actual size because Microsoft Edge or IE doesn’t give this option when printing) right-click to select print, and then be sure to un-check the 'Fit to page' option in the dialogue before clicking PRINT. You can choose how many copies to print as well, but print one first, and MEASURE.
Measuring the templates.
The DIAGRAM is NOT to scale. It’s just an image of how things fit together. The finished size (inner solid line) of the outer edge of the side triangle should measure 3’’ between these two points. TEST IT.
If you are printing the paper piecing templates, those units should measure 3’’ square as they are printed in finished size, and you will trim leaving 1/4’’ seam allowance beyond the line after piecing.
Those with ADOBE ACROBAT READER
This dialogue should pop up when you go to print if using Adobe. I had trouble getting Adobe to work, again, Microsoft wanted to take over so I stuck with Chrome. Be SURE you have ACTUAL SIZE checked before printing. Print a test and measure the units.
I posted about my frustration with “actual size” and my friend Pat came back at me with this bit of info:
When I went back to my saved PDF for En Provence Part 1, it too wanted to open in Edge. The solution I found is to right-click the title after saving it, then choose "open with" and select the Adobe option.
Once it opens, you should get a dialog box asking if you want this to be your default PDF printer. It has the "actual size" option.
Just a thought; works for me, though Chrome does if I'm selecting a PDF from inside, for instance, your blog.
Merry Christmas Season!!
Thank You, Pat!
And there you have it – three ways to do these units, however you do them, make 100!
I hope you have a great time with these, and I look forward to your sharing your progress in Monday’s Mystery Monday Link-up!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Love the colors in this 1930s postage stamp quilt. Sometimes recognizing the good comes only in hind-sight, but it will come.
Much love from the cabin --