Hello there, everyone. First, I want to tell you the reason for the title of this BLOG.
Monday, I did exactly what I’ve been telling you all this time NOT TO DO. I cut MY finger with the rotary cutter. Yup! I did it. I am glad to say that it’s not very bad, none the less, your very own LaRueSews quilting blogger did the big NO-NO. After more than fifteen years of rotary cutting and quilting, I should have learned by now. First, I wasn’t cutting quilting fabric. FLEECE is another story completely. Fleece is Hard to cut with the rotary cutter, because it is much thicker. You can only cut two layers at once. In fact, it really doesn’t work very well to cut more than one layer at a time. Therein lies the problem . . . I was trying to cut more than one layer and my blade was getting dull. BE CAREFUL while cutting fleece. It is a totally different “animal.” It just doesn’t act as well with a rotary cutter as other fabrics. Don’t get me wrong, I love to use the RC for cutting fleece because it’s about the only way you can cut a clean and straight edge. Use that RC for fleece, but be warned . . . it can be hazardous to your fingers, use a fresh blade, and don’t force the issue. Take it slow and easy. Your fingers will be all the better for it. BTW, it could have been much worse. ALSO, I didn’t do it just to have something to write about!
NOW, back to the subject at hand, Block of the Month. To all of you who wrote comments last time about the printing on the block patterns, I am so sorry that you could not read the print very well. I hope I can clear up the issues you had, and the questions about color. Also, since many of you asked me questions about the printing and color, I did not get an accurate count of who is going to participate. Please, if you plan to do the BOM tell me in the comments section, or by sending me an email directly.
I’m sorry to say that due to a trip I made last week, I have not had time to make my blocks as promised. However, I will get it done by next time.
Let’s tackle the color issues first. Someone asked what the darkest color is. That color is a medium to dark blue, but not as dark as Navy blue. The reds are any common-type red. The light colors are off-white, a yellow and a gold. There is a small bit of brown and some light blues. None of the colors need to be exact. You may even choose similar colors from your stash. Or you may do it totally scrappy. Your project will be fine if you choose colors that are just similar to those I have pictured.
I have tried many ways of copying, and pasting the RC instructions printed on each block pattern. Due to the programing of the Quilt Design Wizard, I can’t make a direct copy and paste of the patterns. It’s a matter of printing, scanning, cutting and pasting. I am trying my best to make the instructions clear. I hope you all understand that a less than literate internet blogger is at a disadvantage when it comes to getting pictures on line. Please, if the printing is still not clear, ask me specific questions and I will answer to the best of my ability. Also, it may help to enlarge your screen view to 125%.
You will see below the next block in LaRueSews BOM. I am also adding the fabric requirements for the BOM, and the previous two blocks. I hope it will be more clear and readable. The new block is the Flag block. I have typed in the measurments below to make them easier to read.
Patch A- Cut 2, 12 1/2" long, 2" wide
Patch B- Cut 2, red and white 6 1/2" long, 1 1/2" wide
Patch C- Cut 3, red and white 12 1/2" long, 1 1/2" wide
Patch D- Cut 1, 6 1/2" long, 4 1/2" wide
Keep on quiltin’. Have fun with this Block of the Month and don’t forget to keep me posted on your progress, by comments or by email. Also, post any photos you like on the gallery.
Reminder: Please, if you plan to do the BOM tell me in the comments section, or by sending me an email directly. So far these are the names I have: Sandra, mgarvey, nursie76, mabsy, Bonita, and Elizabeth. These are the names I’m not sure of: sewchicago, 65708rjane, and Sue.
Stitches to you,
Refer to these blogs for further instructions:
Your Wish Is My Command blog post
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