SO!! How did YOUR morning go?
I spent mine without power! Seriously. I have no idea what caused the blip to happen, but when it stayed off, and didn’t come back on right away, we called the power company to find out that yes, there was an issue – and they hoped to have it resolved by 1pm.
1pm?! Hoped? Wait a minute! I had just posted about Quilt-Cam happening on Facebook live, and we would be dead in the water without power.
So what’s a girl to do with power outage that could last as long as 2 hours?
Grab the hand crank machine and go piece on the table on the back porch, that’s what! And it was such a lovely morning I didn’t mind.
This was spotted in my yard!
The first daffies of Spring!
Hang on to your snow shoes, those in northern climes – this is a sure fire sign that Spring IS on the way. Eventually.
The power DID come on, and I ran around trying to get everything ready for Quilt-Cam, deciding what I was going to piece since I have finished all of the panel stringing for the interior block units.
CENTERS! I can do CENTERS!
If you have seen the block pattern for the Straits of Mackinac quilt , you will have noticed the block centers are a square in a square unit. These units can be a bit tricky. Or I should say the center ON POINT square of these units can be a tricky measurement to cut.
In this case:
3-5/16???? Ewww. Just Ewww.
The 2-7/8’’ corners can easily be cut from 2-1/2’’ strips directly from the Scrap User's System using the Essential Triangle Tool, but 3-5/16?
Sometimes I will paper piece these square in a square units because of the odd size issue. But in this case, I have a tool I love that is no longer being manufactured.
This is the Easy Center Square by EZ.
I also wrote about this little goodie in an old 2012 post HERE.
I don’t know how many years that this has lived in my ruler drawer, but any time I am doing a square in a square unit and don’t want to “cut-big-to-sliver-trim-down” or paper piece, I grab this. This is the ruler I use to cut those odd measurements of on-point center squares and I wish they still made it. Maybe they will bring it back if we clamor for it.
Just follow the lines. You don’t have to look for 5/16”.
It cuts center squares. That’s all it does. But then the corners I cut fit perfectly, and don’t have to be trimmed down.
And that was my project for today’s Quilt Cam:
We had a great time. I got as far as I could get with what I had cut, and now I’ll cut some more.
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And the back porch is calling me – though I think I’ll give up on the hand crank and pull out the treadle. That one arm sewing makes one arm really tired. LOL.
Remember that TOMORROW is our LAST Mystery Monday Link-Up for En Provence. You’ve done such a great job with it, and I know this Link-Up is going to blow us all away. Because it is the last one, we will be keeping it open a full week.
You can share ANY amount of progress on your project. From fabrics chosen, to blocks in progress, to finished quilts. Just share.
Have a wonderful afternoon everyone!