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Friday, April 17, 2015

Adventures in fabric cutting

Three things to be happy about:
(1) Spring springing
(2) self-discipline
(3) figuring it out

I was looking at Bonnie's latest quilt cam and it made me want to dive back into those lozenge leader-enders that I started some time ago!  But first, I wanted to change the blade in my cutter.

Has this ever happened to you?  I had disassembled the cutter when something on the news caught my attention, so I put down the handle and turned around to look at the TV.  When I turned back and put it together... oops!!

uhmm... something's not quite right!
not this either!

Here we go, this is the right way!

Fortunately I remembered that some of my pictures have the cutter in them, so I went back to my camera and found what I needed - whew!

Now for the lozenges...

I started by cutting a bunch of 3-1/2 x 6-1/2 pieces for the main part, using whatever came to my hand.

I have very very few 3-1/2" strips, so I was working mainly from scraps and uglies for these.

Here's a fun piece!

Some time ago I was in an online food post card swap; this was left over from a Kellogg's corn flake post card.

Bonnie would say "toss it in there!" - so I did!

I followed her advice and pinned the pieces into sets of 10, this sure makes it easy to see at a glance how many you have.

100 pieces - just the tip of the iceberg, but it's a start!

Then I pulled all the precut blacks and neutrals from my 2" strip bin... I need more, I think!

A few 2" squares.

I'll cut more and take these to guild meeting tomorrow, it's a no-brainer to draw the diagonal lines during the meeting.

If I have plenty of these at the sewing machine and ready to sew, I'm more apt to actually DO them - I'm on my way!

That's it for now, it's a gorgeous day out there, get out and enjoy it!  Sew forth and sew on til later!


  1. I always have an 'adventure' when putting a new blade in my cutter. How can such a simple thing go together wrong so many ways? It's a mystery. My lozenges quilt isn't happening yet either, although I have been stockpiling the needed bits & bobs.

  2. I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one who has problems putting the rotary cutter back together. LOL. Aren't you the efficient one, doing all that pre-cutting. I'm working my way thru the cutting I need for her Smith Mountain Morning class in Spokane this coming weekend. But, I leave for Janet's house on Thursday, guess I better get busy...


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