BONNIE HUNTER'S QUILTVILLE MYSTERY GOOD FORTUNE WITH JOY! WEEK 3!

December 14, 2018

BONNIE HUNTER'S QUILTVILLE MYSTERY GOOD FORTUNE WITH JOY! WEEK 3!

By now you know I am up early, coffee is ready and even a later than usual clue post will not deter my adventuresome quilting spirit.  Bonnie had a delay this week no wi-fi…..that will trip more than a few of us up.

 

Greens, Neutrals and Chevrons and my favorite….half square triangles!  Life couldn’t get any better than this.  My original intent was to cut the strips with my AccuQuilt strip cutter for the greens and to then cross cut them using the Stripology Ruler.  I did for the first batch but I found it was just faster to stack my fabrics and cut them all using the Stripology Ruler.

The Stripology Ruler was designed to make quick work of cutting up fat quarters into various sizes.  When I need to cut strips that are not one of the standard markings on the ruler like 1”, 2” or 2.5” I use those brilliant little post it note flags to prevent miscuts.

Before work I had the green strips all cut and stacked…….however, there wasn’t much green left. In fact, I would say that was really cutting it close!

Originally, I had planned to cut the half square triangle units using the AccuQuilt die rather than sewing the bonus triangles.  I am not a fan of marking my squares and then sewing.  I find the thickness of my marking tool to be not as accurate as the rotary cutter.  I own Doug Leko’s Simple Folded Corners Ruler and I absolutely love it for any stitch and flip sewing method.  I find it fast and accurate and should the pattern call for it, the squaring up feature on the opposite side of the ruler makes this my go to ruler and is always on my studio table.

I figured out a way to use it for both the drawing of the diagonal line and the drawing of the bonus triangle line.  I do own Bonnie’s wonderful Bonus Corner Buddy Ruler, however, the Simple Folded Corners Rulers has more alignment marks to make sure everything is square and true before I mark my lines.  Taking care in the cutting and marking phase makes all the difference in the end result.

 

Now for a confession...I was marking, sewing, pressing, marking, sewing, pressing and I was running out of white squares...I have an AccuQuilt die that can quickly cut 54 squares at a time and we needed 200 for this clue…..I did my math and had them all cut with a few to spare and yet I was running out….did my math again…cut the extra squares…repeated the process of marking, sewing, pressing, marking, sewing, pressing…although this is a labor intensive clue it is taking me far longer than I expected and then it hit me…

 

I CUT DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF GREEN THAT I NEEDED…WORSE YET…I HAVE ALREADY SEWN NEARLY ALL OF THEM…sigh...it happens…even to me.

 

However, another week passed and another clue in the bag.  I think there are only 2 more clues…maybe orange for this week.

Catch you bright and early Friday….until then, Happy Sewing!

Bernina Joy





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