I thought about tearing them lengthwise, the traditional way, but the thought of trimming all the threads put me off.
Lightbulb moment and out came my big cutting board and a rotary cutter.
I took of the sewn edges and folded the fabric so that I could use my 24" ruler to make a straight edge. Then made a 6" cut.
Slid the ruler 1 1/2" to the left and cut again.
Repeated this twice more and Bingo, 4 strips cut in the blink of an eye.
Five bags of neat and tidy strips, now I am ready to add some darker colours. Then when I have enough I will start plaiting. I also have an idea to try out on the sewing machine but that can wait a day or so.
And now for some more Quilt Heaven.
I have not made house blocks yet but this inspires me to try one or three.
A sad quilt, so very cleverly done. Truly this is art.
The trees are formed by stitching over tint snippets of fabric and I will certainly be trying this technique.
A glorious riot of colours, a feast for the eyes.
More of my purchases, basic but essentials and all bargains.
I could, and have in the past, cut these paper templates myself, but it is tedious mind numbing work by hand. I could, and have thought about buying a cutting machine that would cut papers and fabric, The cost, waste and room to store it has put me off so far. I am careful when I EPP not to stitch into the papers so that I can use them several times. Perhaps one day I will change my mind.
White thread cones, a bargain price to begin with and then an added 10% off for an early bird buy from Empress Mills. I picked up a small black one as I was getting low. This thread is 100% cotton and is as smooth as silk, does not shed and clog up the machine and is equally as good for hand stitching.
BTW Lidl have overlocker thread cones on sale 2 for £2 from today.
Just thought that you may like to know that, I have not bought these before but will be having a look later this morning.
Now I a,m off to have another cuppa before I winkle Ben out for a walk, he is in full lazy boy mode this morning.