I have replaced my rotary cutter (gr!), and begun the immense task of cutting out Aviatrix! There’s a lot of organization required, hence the color-chart I showed last week. On the suggestion of the class instructor, I’ve also laid out a bunch of index cards with plastic baggies to keep the pieces for each border separate.
Even so, I’ve encountered a couple of question marks… for one thing, Border 5 is made up of modified Log Cabin blocks. Now, you all know by now that I’m not very good at precision. Generally speaking, Log Cabins require pieces that increase in size on each round – in this case, by an inch in length from one side to the next. Rather than cut all of the pieces to the exact length, I usually just cut a long strip, sew the unit to it, then cut to fit.
This method is a little more forgiving of flexible seam allowances, so I’m leaning toward using this same method for the Border 5 blocks. Plus, it will save me a lot of cutting up front! But I think I’m just going to hold off on cutting any of this for now, until I decide for sure.
The other trouble I’m having at the moment is with fraying… Now, several of the fabrics I chose are interesting wovens with great texture! However, the minute I cut the sample pieces off for the color chart I noticed their propensity to fray. Some of my classmates suggested ironing them to freezer paper before cutting, but I always have terrible trouble getting the fabric to stick. And as some of these pieces are VERY small, and the cutting instructions leave very little spare fabric, I want to make sure I get it right! So now I’m leaning toward a dissolving stabilizer like Floriani’s Wet N Gone or Pellon’s 542 Stick N WashAway. It seems like either one would get the job done without adding any bulk, so I guess it just depends which I find first!
But for now, back to the cutting mat! I still have fat quarters to subdivide!