Friday, 5 September 2008

Busy getting not a lot done

I found out the hard way when cutting very large pieces it pays to use templates. I cut them to the finished size in freezer paper, then use the ruler to trim my 1/4" seam outside. With very large pieces the grain line is even more important as there is a greater length to stretch. I can get quite anal about it (no surprise there then) and not only line up on the grain but line up on the grain parallel to the selvedges. This grain has the least stretch.
I takes time cutting like this and I was quite disappointed at how harsh this royal blue dot looked.

So I carefully cut this softer blue, but then was disappointed at how the contrast turned out between the blues. It looked fine next to the lighter blue on the cutting table. (I might still use this in the centre)

By this time my neck was hurting leaning over the cutting table so I sort of fussy cut this cream and roses. I like this best.


  1. Ohh, I like the cream/roses too! I think your star is much bigger than mine. It is much prettier too!
    I just recently posted a pic of mine if you want to hop over to my blog to see it!

  2. Sally, I love the cream fussy cut. I can't wait to see how this quilt turnsout for you
    Joan C
    aka sliver

  3. I find it interesting watching you build inwards...

  4. Hi Sally,

    Looking good! I love the fussy cut flowers.

    The one I like the most is the first one - and I would add more red. Although, I'm sure you already know what you want to do!

    I can change my mind a million times - I dont 'decide' on a quilt so much as reach a point where I decide to stop changing my mind!!

    Cant wait to see this one finished

  5. My gosh, you did all those little points in a day?

  6. Clever idea about the freezer paper template - I've never thought to use that trick on those large pieces. And me considered the freezer paper queen!

  7. That is a very good tip about using a freezer paper template to cut very large pieces. Thank you.