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Gentle Breezes

Designed by Darlene Zimmerman



To cut a triangle using the TRIMATE™ tool, first cut a strip of fabric 1/2" wider than the finished height of the desired TRI-MATE™ triangle. Lay the tool on the strip of fabric aligning the bottom edge of the fabric with the solid line with the measurement that corresponds to the cut width of the strip. Cut the first triangle.

Slide the tool up to the bottom edge of the strip and trim the corners being sure to keep cut triangle sides aligned with the sides of the tool.

Rotate the tool to cut the next triangle from the strip.



To cut Recs triangles, use a strip 1/2" larger than the height of the finished triangle. Leave the strip folded and you will automatically cut a pair of Recs triangles. Position the tool with the flat tip at the top of the strip and the bottom of the strip aligned with a line on the tool. Cut on the diagonal edge.

Before moving the tool, use the rotary cutter to nip off the "magic angle" at the top of the tool. Cut accurately as this is a positioning guide for sewing.

For the second cut, rotate the tool so it is pointing down. Align as before, cut on the straight edge and trim off the magic angle.

To sew Recs triangles to each other, or to the Tri triangle or the Tri-Mate triangle, align the cut off tip in the corner as shown below.

finished size 45" x 45"

fabric requirements

  • Large blue floral: 1-1/4 yds.
  • Mottled blue/green background: 1/2 yd.
  • Blue: 1/2 yd.
  • Green: 1/2 yd.
  • Yellow: 3/8 yd.
  • Backing: 2-7/8 yds.
  • Batting: twin size


cutting directions

* NOTE: Layer the blue and green strips right sides together with the green fabric on top. Cut the Recs triangles. The blue and green will then be in the right positions.

assembling the blocks

STEP 1 Sew a blue Recs triangle to the left side of a yellow Tri-Mate triangle, using the cut-off tips to align the triangles. Press toward the Recs triangle. Sew a green Recs triangle on the right side of the unit. Press towards the Recs triangle. Make 44 units.

STEP 2 Sew a background rectangle to 16 of the Step 1 units. Press toward the large rectangle. (Save the remaining Step 1 units for the border.)

STEP 3 Sew the units from Step 2 together in pairs. Press. Join the pairs to make a block. Make 4 blocks. At this point they should measure 12-1/2".

STEP 4 Sew a blue 2" x 12-1/2" sashing strip to the left side of the block and a 2" x 12-1/2" green sashing strip to the right side of the block. Press toward the sashing strips. Add the longer sashing strips top and bottom as shown. Press.

assembling the quilt

STEP 1 Sew a 3-1/2" wide blue floral sashing strip between two blocks. Press toward the sashing strip. Repeat for the last two blocks. Press. Sew a horizontal sashing row of two blue floral sashes and a blue square. Press toward the sashing strips. Join the three units. Press toward the sashing. Refer to the flat photo of the quilt on the next page.

STEP 2 Measure, trim and sew the 5" wide blue floral borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press toward the borders. Repeat for the side borders.

STEP 3 Sew seven Tri-Mate units together end to end to make a border. Repeat to make 4 borders. Sew the pieced borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press toward the previous border.

STEP 4 Sew the yellow corner squares to the remaining two Tri-Mate borders. Sew the borders to the sides of the quilt. Press toward the previous border.

assembling the quilt

STEP 1 Trim the backing and batting 6" larger than the quilt top. Layer the backing wrong side up, piece and trim the batting and the quilt top right side up. Baste, then quilt as desired. Before binding, hand or machine baste a scant 1/4" from the edge of the quilt to hold the layers together.

STEP 2 Sew the binding strips together with diagonal seams pressed open. Fold the binding in half, wrong sides together and press to make a double binding. Sew to the quilt with a 1/4" seam, mitering the corners. Trim excess batting and backing, turn the binding to the back side and stitch down by hand with matching thread.

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