Let the cutting begin! For some reason, I really enjoy the cutting process. Maybe it is because I get to admire the fabric. Maybe it feels like I am accomplishing a lot. Or maybe it is because it means I am starting a new project.
I bought, In Color Order’s Triangularity pattern, – it cuts the fabric into 7 inch strips. I started with the pattern before getting Paula’s instructions. I was trying to be proactive and use 1 of my 2 spring break days to get ahead.
I started cutting my purple fat quarters Tuesday night. The purples were very quickly cut and stacked.
The black and white prints took some time:
- I am using fat quarters, so that means I have 33 to cut. I am going to make my quilt twin size.
- I forgot that it is hard to cut black and white graphic fabric. Some prints tend to mess with my eyes.
- I am trying to work with the prints and fussy cut some of the triangles. So I cut each strip into triangles individually. It may be a waste of time, but I don’t want wonky looking blocks. There was no “stack and whack” cutting to speed up the process.
- There is a lot more waste making the 7 inch triangles. This is what I have left after I cut triangles.
I purchased 108 inch backing – no pieced backing for me! Not that I usually do pieced backings, but have already decided that. I don’t even want to sew the yardage together. I have no doubt that I will be sewing the zippers on last minute. (The zippers speed up loading a quilt backing onto the long arm quilting frame.)
If I am going to make my April 26th long arm quilting deadline, I will have to sew at least for a little while one night a week. By the time I get home from school, I am pretty tired. I have to get over my thinking, that if I am going to sew, I need to put in a couple hours – even 30 minutes will be progress. Normally I do my sewing on the weekends with large chunks of time. April weekends are filling up fast with Easter and my parent’s 50th Anniversary dinner. Can you tell I am getting a bit stressed about the deadline?!?!
When do most of you ladies sew? Do you schedule time? Sit for a few minutes and accomplish what you can? Am I making this process more difficult for my self by making it twin size?