As I did not have time to cut out the fabrics last week I started doing that today, after ironing them with a hot steamy iron as Aneela suggested. Then you are supposed to cut your strips of fabric into two and a half inch strips with your rotary cutter. Remember I am using different sized fabric samples so that isn’t applicable to me, unfortunately.
Now is the time to confess that I do not have any fancy quilting implements. I do not have any cutting mats or rotary cutters so this half hexagon cutting is going to be done the old way! And will take a huge amount of time I should think!
You might wonder if I am adverse to technology …I am not at all it is just that we live in a tiny flat which does not have a dining room. We do have a dropleaf table but that is quite hard for me to use as the leaves are solid oak and weigh a ton. I have various collapsible tables and ultimately would like to get some sort of built in cutting station with cupboards etc to hold all my junk.
I do however sew through most nights as I have insomnia so need to work in our lounge room without taking it over too much. The built in would be better in there actually. I have some photos and will be scan then up to show you what I mean at some stage!
Okay so you really need to go to Aneela’s blog to see what you are really supposed to do using all the modern gadgets, it will be much easier but there may be the odd person and I do mean odd…sorry ….and the way I am doing it they will not need to go out and buy the latest gadgets. Pins, scissors and computer or scrap booking paper works for this quite well too.
When you do go to Aneela’s blog she will have links to show you what to do layout wise so that minimal cutting is needed, it is a fantastically easy way to do this, brilliantly devised I must say. On Ruth’s flickr as well you can see the graphics for what I mean…most impressive.
Actually I think she might let me import them here…will toddle off and ask her now after I cut out as many half hexies as my sanity will allow. Photos will be uploaded later, you will have to use your imagination for now. Aneela has cut out over 700 so you get what I am saying I think, yes I am nuts but I love it so its okay!
Update: Ruth said it was fine to use the graphic as you can see below in the comments…thanks Ruth and I went and had my scissors sharpened and I was able to cut through ten pieces of fabric at once…fabulous!