Friday, October 5, 2012

Cutting Away for Mod Pop

It's week three and I am already a little behind in the Mod Pop QAL.  Eeek!  I am trying my best.  Honest!

Over the weekend I decided on a color way using blues, purples and darker greens along with Kona Ash.  This seems like a good place to start.  Once I piece a few blocks, I can better see if I will need some of the lighter, brighter greens to be added in.  Helen assures me she'll speak up before I make a massive mistake.  No pressure, Helen!



I got down to business the past few evenings cutting out squares and then creating (and using) templates to cut out the drunkard's path semi-circles.  This was my first time creating a template, tracing it onto fabric and cutting with scissors.  I thought it would be much more difficult to trace and cut accurate pieces, but there was not a problem.  I had a really great time sitting down each evening tracing and cutting in front of the television.  Loved it, actually.



One of the QAL ladies suggested I get a Sewline pencil with white "lead" to mark my darker blues.  I just could not see the pencil line well enough.  I have to say, the Sewline pencil is SPECTACULAR.  It marks a clearly visible line that is easily removable if necessary.  It's so much more smooth than a pencil, so less jerking and grabbing at the fabric as I traced.  I nearly want a Sewline in every color...maybe Santa will bring them to me.  Are you listening, Santa?


I cut enough for a lap quilt.  My goal is to make a twin, but again I want to be free to add in a few other colors as I go.  Now I just need to get down to business piecing.  Leanne's video got me over that fear last week so I'm rearing to go!

13 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

That's a lot of cutting! I think you are wise to leave your options open with regards colour! I hope Santa is listening!

Sophie Belle Designs said...

wow Cindy what a great project, it's going to be fab. Well done on the cutting, I'm really looking forward to seeing the progress on this one :)

lindsey said...

Lovely colours!

Annabella said...

Stunning palette Cindy - you are going to have yourself one beautiful quilt!

Anne said...

I'm looking forward to seeing this one develop. The colours are gorgeous! :o)

Nicky said...

Love your colourway - makes me think of a peacock!

You won't make any mistakes I'm sure - fret not! Helen will not be required - she will have to find some swap to run I think - teehee!

Katy Cameron said...

I have those sewline pencils in 3 colours, love 'em! Happy piecing :o) (so glad I could help you past that bit in advance lol)

Leanne said...

Those are looking good!

Cindy Sharp said...

Pretty

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love your colours!!!! I also love the Sewline pencils and have leads in three colours but only one pencil ;o) I also find (too late now but I'll tell you anyway!) that a fine propelling pencil (0.5/0.7mm) in either HB or H is easier to use than a 'normal' pencil for drawing on fabric. Sorry, I didn't think to mention it earlier *bad adviser*!

P.S. Really, really need to do some sewing so I can get started on this QAL!!

Flying Blind... said...

Well done on all the chopping x

diane said...

I'll be cheering from the sidelines for you on this one

Linda Coleman said...

Can't wait to see the progess, really love those colours you've gone for

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