Saturday, January 4, 2014

Measure twice, cut once. Oops! Cut twice to get it right.

I have been struggling with creating scrappy chevrons. I am participating in Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt which calls for 244 chevrons. Oh my goodness. I reviewed Bonnie's instructions, slowed down and paid attention. Some chevrons were better, some not as much. While trimming a stitched chevron side, I looked a bit closer. My green rectangle seemed a bit big but maybe it was from being too scant with my seam. Or maybe it was just too big ....

Supposed to be 2" x 3.5"

I did more exploring to find my neutral squares were also a shade big.

NOT a 2" square!

I pulled out my remaining tiny pieces and found most were too big! My sewing may be imperfect but starting with the wrong size piece just set me up to do badly. I trimmed a stack of the greens and neutrals down to the proper size. And baby, was that scrap pile big .....

I'm not sure how I cut them too big. I recall my back giving me grief and sitting down somewhere in the various cutting sessions. Maybe that angled my view? Safe to say I will be more careful in the future.


  1. I have started marking my ruler with tape when I am cutting a lot of the same size, it helps me stay on track and not mess up.

    1. That's an excellent idea. Thank you! I'm so appreciative of all the wonderful people like you who help me. The internet is bringing me such great friends and mentors.