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Monday, November 28, 2011
Orca Bay - Week 2
Yippee...I got all of my little string blocks sewn and trimmed. I actually trimmed them while watching/listening to the movie 'The Green Mile' on Sunday. My work area was such a mess as I made the blocks that eventually I ended up with just a little tiny part of the table to work on. It was overtaken by strings!
Removing the paper/before trimming
I used onion skin for my foundation paper and a small stitch length and I had no trouble at all removing it from the blocks. This paper is very thin and smooth on one side and a little bit rougher on the other. I placed my fabric strings on the rougher side and it helped them to stay in place while I was sewing. I removed the paper and lightly spray starched and pressed my little squares before cutting them to size. I found when I made the string blocks for RRCB that if I actually cut them to size before removing the papers they didn't measure up properly.
Switching to this ruler helped with the error of my ways!
Smooth trimming now!
The first block I trimmed was a big oh no! My first thought was what have I done - maybe I should have left the paper on as a trimming guide! I was a little bit worried thinking I had all these blocks to trim and that I was going to have lots of booboo's. After seeing the results from the first ruler I used I tried this one and .... whew....it worked out. I was able to see the measurements much more clearly and didn't have any more bad cuts. Check out Bonnie Hunter's blog so you can sign up for Orca Bay and join in the fun!