Quote for the Day:
“Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The roads of life
are paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.”
My dad used to say "the roof only needs fixed when it's raining." The meaning was that sometimes we only learn that we need things WHEN we need them. That's how it has been with my difficulty with cutting out quilt pieces. I average about 5-6 quilts a year...and the actual "cutting" part is only a portion of the quilting process...so there are only a few times a year that I remember that I need help...and that is with the cutting part.
With my neck and back issues (arthritis, stenosis, and herniated discs), I have difficulty cutting using a rotary cutter. I even bought the Martelli rotary cutter that was supposed to be easier to use. (I found that I don't care for it that much...out of all of my rotary cutters that I have tried, I actually prefer my "Splash" Olfa rotary cutter.)
Every time I have to cut pieces for a quilt I wish that I had a fabric cutter. In fact, I *almost* purchased an Accuquilt GO last December when they went on sale for Christmas. But, alas, I wasn't cutting out a quilt so I didn't *need* one. Are you seeing the thinking here? I only realize I *need* one when I'm cutting out a quilt...and each time, when I am done cutting, I think "see...I really don't need one...I can do it just fine." But really I can't. :(
At my last massage session my massage therapist was appalled at the issues I had from my right neck down to my right thumb...all from having cut out the Christmas Stars quilt. :(
So that was it...it was TIME to splurge and purchase something that I needed to make it possible to continue quilting. And to my very pleasant surpise...the price had dropped $100 from the previous price!!! (The usual price was $349, but would go on sale in December for $300. The new low price is $249!!!)
I set it up yesterday and tried it out using some scrap fabric like they suggest. Within MINUTES I had cut 36 HST's (half-square triangle pieces) and sewed them together!!!
I did some "test" sewing on the first 3 sets to find my exact needle position for the new pieces...since they are cut perfectly each time, they are all the exact same size...so I had to find out where the perfect needle position was for them...
I even took some of the "corners" that I had saved when cutting off of previous quilt blocks and ran them through the Accuquilt. I was able to resize them to exactly the size I needed! How easy was that??? No more measuring, flipping/rotating rulers, etc., that is involved in cutting out pieces!!!
Like I said, within mere minutes I had turned a pile of scraps into 2.5" HST's!!! :)
Of course, now I wish that I had invested in this sooooooooooo much sooner!!!
And now...onto other news...
The roof got replaced about a month ago from the hail damage we had in April. The 4 windows we were getting replaced got done about 10 days ago. And today they started replacing the siding...