Monday, January 27, 2014

Growing with Sewing #3 - crazy cuts

I’m learning so many new things, I’d thought I would share some.  

Here are my blocks ready to be cut for the first time.  
See the safety pins in the upper right corner?  
This is a tip from Marguerita, to help you keep track of which side is up!


 Another tip I learned was a time-safer: sewing all the blocks together when stitching.  
You clipped them apart after finishing sewing all the seams.  It's true; everything went along very quickly.  


My second cut and sewing went a lot smoother; the experienced seamstress talking here {:-D 
One thing that made things go faster was skipping the pinning process.  One my second seam, I just placed the two pieces of fabric together, and sewed away!  


  After I clipped all the blocks apart, I folded the seam down


 and pressed.  

This is one of my favorite steps.  
At this point I can see what the fabrics look like next to each other.  
And it tells me I'm almost ready for the next cut!


 Instead of taking 4 hours to cut, sew and press, it took about two.  I was surprised.  
And it’s starting to look a bit crazy, eh?  Next cut will be in the other direction!

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17 comments:

katyquilts said...


Your blocks are looking good! Love the colors :).

Linda Blatchford said...

I like the colors - and saving time is always great

Ruth said...

Yay time saving tips are always good! I'm not the best at pressing, I keep having to tell myself press, don't iron!

Memories for Life said...

You made some great progress...way to go!

Missy Shay said...

Your blocks are looking great! It does get faster the more you make!

pasqueflower said...

Your blocks look great! Caution: Quilting can be mildly addictive!!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Oh fun! Looking forward to the next step.

Crystelle Boutique said...

I never thought about the safety pin trick! I love it. I will have to use it next time! Thanks for sharing!!
And have a happy week!!
hugs x, Crystelle
Crystelle Boutique

Abby / Linda said...

Those little tips make the process even more pleasing.

Abby / Linda said...

Those little tips make the process even more pleasing.

Rose Clearfield said...

It looks great so far! Thanks for sharing your newly discovered tips.

Shannon @ Modern Tradition Quilts said...

Looks great! I love the free-wheeling style.

Kathleen said...

Wow - that is quite a bit of time saved! Your colors look great together.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Good idea about the safety pin -- sometimes it's hard to tell which side is which!

Shannon @ Modern Tradition Quilts said...

Thank you for sharing your post on my blog's linky party, I appreciate it.--Shannon @ http://moderntraditionquilts.blogspot.com

Sara said...

Great progress report! hehehe Adorable blocks!

Michal Woodruff said...

Looks like you've been busy. Thank you for the tip. Happy Quilting!

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