It was another week with a LOT of units again! I’m so very glad for my Accuquilt Cutter and the speed at which I can get the pieces cut for the sewing that needs to happen. I started with my brown triangles. After cutting a couple of strips from each of my fabric, it was a matter of minutes until I had a massive amount of triangles!
The squares were fast to cut as well. Those can be done with a square die OR a strip die. How do you cut squares with a strip die? It is so very fast and easy! First cut strips the required size. Then turn the strips 90 degrees and fanfold across the strip die and recut into squares.
One piece of advice I have with all of the units that we are making is to begin with some scraps and make one complete unit to check the accuracy of the piecing. I found that when I made my sample unit, it was a little short for the 1/4” seam allowance for the point that is created.
I needed to use a scant 1/4” seam allowance to accommodate all of the bulk in that seam. With some experimenting with my machine, I discovered the best place to guide my fabric was a thread or two left of the 1/4” line on my machine. After making that adjustment, I was ready to sew!
Have you had any ideas of how Bonnie will lay out the blocks? I don’t know about you, but I am getting excited to see how she will pull this all together! I love the colors and I’m having so much fun with each of the units. I’ve got some pressing to do. Happy sewing until next clue!
I’m linking up with Bonnie at Quiltville! Head over to check out how everybody’s doing!
Twas the night before Friday and all through the studio there is a flurry of activity as I clear my table in anticipation of the second clue. I wonder what it might be this week. The cheery red and white four patches remind me of peppermints and Christmas. The coffee is set and my clothes laid out. I am an early riser by nature and I wake early to begin checking my phone for the next clue.
It seems the world over is urging Bonnie to wake and to post the next clue…this is a testament to the positive power she has near and far...even across the water to Australia.
It’s Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt time and the theme is Good Fortune! What a lovely sentiment….good fortune. I have had the Good Fortune to be surrounded by friends and family both far and near and although the mystery is a special blessing for those whose families are scattered or gone for me it is a Blessing and a time for renewal and reflection.
This is the fourth mystery quilt I have chosen to create in the last 5 years. I took one year off and there are parts of me that still regret that decision. However, my design wall clearly called my name and asked that I finish a few of my own projects…..I completed 4 between Thanksgiving and Christmas...how, it’s a bit of a mystery.
Sunday afternoons mean lazy naps for some, football for others and for me it means cutting time.
I am usually rested and ready to set up my weeks sewing projects. At the end of a work day it’s easy peasy to sew a few seams here and there and by the end of the week I am ready for another Sunday afternoon cutting session.
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