Progress and a Timesaving Tip or Two….

I got all the rest of the strip sets sewn and sub cut yesterday. This is not a final layout but it does show one of each strip set. 

And I have a couple time saving tips for you as well. The first is only for those that have die cutters. Sorry!

After I make my strip sets, I subcut them with my strip cutting die. In this case, the original print strips were cut at 2 1/2 inches wide. So I lay them out on my 2 1/2 inch strip cutting die like this:

 You can see that I have gently folded them to fit. I also have marked my die to make sure that my new cuts will be perfectly perpendicular to the seams in my sets. I lay the cutting mat on top and run it through the die.

And here they are all ready to sew!

 You can see how fast this goes. And that is how I could do all the sub cutting for the first set on my lunch break yesterday! Here are my sets all ready to go.

 I made a total of 20 strip sets for this quilt. Each strip set yielded 16 rows.That will give me a total of 64 blocks. This is more than I need but I can use the leftovers for a baby quilt.

Bonnie mentioned in a comment yesterday that she couldn’t believe all I got done before work! She didn’t know that I didn’t have to be there until 1 PM yesterday! But it does lead me to another tip. And that is, to sew something, anything before work. And I almost always do. Even when I have to be there at 9 AM. If I get something started before I go, I am much more likely to get back at it when I return home. Maybe I don’t sew, but I will get some pieces laid out and ready or play a bit at the design wall, perhaps sew a row of a pantograph at the long arm.

I also only work part time but I guess telling you all to quit your jobs wouldn’t be a very helpful tip. And my kids have all left the nest but I certainly won’t suggest that you kick any of your little birds out! But those two things do help make more time for quilting!

Have a wonderful day!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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8 Responses to Progress and a Timesaving Tip or Two….

  1. That is a good tip…not sure I actually have time in the morning, but something to think about. I really like the block.

  2. Gina says:

    I always sew first thing in the morning before everyone’s up. It’s normally hand sewing so the house stays quiet. I’m up two hours before I have to take my daughter to work and it’s amazing how much I can get done on that quiet time

  3. Cécile says:

    Great work Katy !! And I love your first block !

  4. lois92346 says:

    I love it so far. You’ll have it done before you know it.

  5. Quiltmouse says:

    Working on something early gives you something to look forward to when you get home! Most of my early time is trying to keep my sewing room clean so I can just pop in and do something! I like your tips. I do not have a die cutter, but can see how they can make strip cutting so much quicker.

  6. I agree Katy – I always try to spend a few minutes in my sewing room every day, even if it’s just to put away a few things and straighten up. It’s amazing how much I can get done by stealing snippets of time here and there.

  7. Betty says:

    You are making great progress

  8. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the tips … I know that I could be more productive if I turned to something quilty whenever I have a few moments to spare here and there in my day. 😉

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