Today is the day to stop looking at my beautiful hand dyed fabrics and start cutting them up! Does anyone else find it hard to make that first cut into a piece of fabric?
Well here they are – looking beautiful, don’t you think? I do like the way that they look together so I am very excited by how they will work within my quilt idea. I know that in an ideal world I will have sketched out ideas, and auditioned fabrics and colours, but I am very much a “just leap over the precipice and see” sort of person when it comes to making quilts. It’s an adventure and shouldn’t be over-analysed at the planning stage.
Well, I managed it and got my trusty rotary cutter, ruler and board out and made that first cut. I have cut the hearth squares out of the magenta and just a couple of strips of each of the other colours ready to build the log cabin blocks. I know some people like to do all the cutting at one go, and be very precise over cutting individual pieces but with log cabin I prefer to cut strips and trim to size when I have added them. How do you make your log cabin blocks? Can you just spot the safety pin on the left hand side? I have pinned the strips of each shade together with a safety pin and then joined all the safety pins together on an extra bigger pin so that I won’t lose any pieces – let’s see how that works!
Well, have to go out now – a friend is having a book signing and I really want to go and pick one up – “The Lazy Optimist” by Martin Gladdish – I think it is going to be one of 2013’s best business books. Get a copy and let me know what you think!
I’ll let you know how the sewing goes later!