Well I tried all the scissor suggestions and still the only ones which cut really nicely at the stork ones which are killing my thumb.
It is only Tuesday but already this week we have had a broken boiler (we will replace it in the summer), a minor fault with one of the cars and a few slates off the roof. I am counting that as the three things which come at the same time.
It doesn't look like much. I am nearly there. I have war wounds fighting this but the end is in sight.
And I still haven't decided what to do in the very centre.
I woke up this morning not sure whether the boiler (furnace) would be fixed. I has been, but I dressed in a full set of thermal underwear prepared for the worse case scenario. It got very hot under that quilt today!
Edit. Just to clarify. This is the back of the quilt with a layer of batting on the back. I have cut out round each motif and applique to create faux trapunto when I add a final layer of batting and I quilt it.