Like I said yesterday, prioritzing the packing for the retreat is boring! OK, it's not that bad! But it means that I have to do some things that I don't want to do - like fussy cutting the striped fabric to make 16 eight-pointed stars.
It's been several years that that fabric has sat there and I've avoided it. Now I'm teaching this class once again and I vowed that this time, I would get it done. If Ronda can sew her 16 blocks at the retreat - then I can sew them also. But I had to cut them first. I was also afraid of how much waste there would be.
I laid out the fabric this morning and then an idea hit me. I tried it and it worked, with minimum waste and was super easy.
Since that diamond is symmetrical, I could crease the striped fabric and then cut the 8 diamonds along the fold. Then I would only have TWO cuts per diamond, not four.
|Efficient cutting of striped fabric for diamonds|
|Place the template on the fold|
Oh my goodness - it was super easy and there was only a little bit of waste between the diamonds. How clever of me! And why didn't I think of that sooner???
|One fussy cut diamond from striped fabric!|
I had 16 of them to cut. That is why I was avoiding it as well - that's a lot of cutting. But I managed to get all the blocks cut, including the background and it's in the retreat box.
|The "yardage" when I was done cutting the diamonds|
I also managed to get a small wall hanging quilted for a customer. The second one is loaded. I just felt a bit tired - well my back felt tired today, so I didn't quite get as much done as I had planned. But what I got done? That was just awesome!!!!
|Customer quilt - DONE|
On that note - I'm out of here
Have a great day!!!!!