and got a start on this one for the 28th.
Though I did kick myself for not reading the directions more closely. The designer has you making the hourglass blocks from 3.25" squares, then trimming them down, and you can see below just how much trimming has to be done.
The hourglass on the right is the freshly pieced one, and the one on the left has been trimmed to 1 15/16 (which is a wonky size no matter how you look at it). I don't mind trimming off a sliver in order to have had a little elbow room during the sewing, but this is a huge amount to trim. I'm way too stingy for this to slide by my notice. The part where I kicked myself was when I realized that I could have gotten hourglasses that size starting with 2.5" squares (rather than the 3.25" ones) because that's the size I was using to make the 2" hourglass components for my Ohio stars last year. Argh!
Pay no attention to the monkey. I don't know how he snuck in here...
As I've mentioned before, I like to multi-task when I'm cutting fabric. Why cut pieces for one project when you can push several of them further along? (I've heard there are people who work on one project at a time. I don't see how that could be possible.)
So, while I'm cutting out pieces for the 365 Challenge, why not throw in some monkey bits and piggy pieces?
Not to mention a little glitter.
As I pull each fabric I cut a 3.5" strip with the fabric folded either right sides or wrong sides together,
and cut a couple of squares. One will go into my Quilty 365 box for my orange peels and backgrounds
and one will be cut into quarters. Each Glitter block needs four 1.75" squares, and 1.75 is exactly half of 3.5. How handy is that?
With the fabric still doubled, I cut at 4.25" and line up my template to cut out the background pieces.
Each block requires two pieces and two reversed, so by doubling the fabric, I end up with just what I need.
And as long as those were laid out anyway, I tested some other pieces to see how it would look.
Not that I was going to sew the block together. Really. Because I'm totally not starting this project.
Just for grins, I cut out this stripe for the focus fabric for another glittery block.
A little more concentration was called for, but it worked out fine. I laid it out just to see what it would look like. Had to pick some fabrics to go with it, of course.
Anyone care to wager how long it'll be before this one is sewn together, too?
Yeah, me neither.
Linking with Oh Scrap at Quilting is More Fun than Housework and Mrs Sew & Sow for Scraptastic Tuesday, because Scrappy is my middle name! (Well, it could be...)