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Date: 10/4/13 9:41 PM

I am taking a Bargello class tomorrow and I had some homework to do today to prepare for the class, cut 5 2-1/2'' strips from 20 different fabrics. That's 100 strips if anyone is counting. I had 20 half yard cuts selected for the project in a variety of teal and tans. Last week I heard the owner of my LQS say that after cutting all the required strips for the Bargello there would be enough left over to cut tumbler blocks and there would be no waste. That really grabbed my attention so I purchased a Creatuve Grids Tumbler Ruler. And tonight I completed cutting two quilts in on fell swoop. I already have another project planned with it... to make a flannel tumbler quilt for DH.

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Date: 10/4/13 11:41 PM

My goodness. You are a fast cutter. Can't wait to see the projects.

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Date: 10/4/13 11:43 PM

Wow, I salute you, I think I am a big hero if I cut one block a day!!

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Date: 10/5/13 0:17 AM

I'll see if I can get some pictures posted. Oh I figured I cut 200 tumblers.

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Date: 10/5/13 7:55 AM

omg I wouldn't even be able to move my shoulder after all that cutting can't wait to see your finished projects.

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Date: 10/5/13 10:03 AM

You GO girl!

What an awesome feeling, to walk away with TWO quilts cut out!

And...what the HECK is that crazy ruler????? Need pictures...

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Date: 10/5/13 11:19 AM

Wow, that is a a lot of rotary cutting! I hope you didn't overdo---I take frequent breaks while cutting. Bargello quilts are fun, but the cutting can get crazy!

I've never seen a Bargello with 5.5" wide strips so please post a picture when it's finished.

Have you ever used June Taylor's "Shape n' Cut" ruler for strip cutting? New rotary cutting blade--and the Shape n' Cut makes for very fast strip cutting!

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Date: 10/5/13 11:37 AM

Wow!! I sure hope the lqs people were right about the amounts needed, but I can't wait to see both quilts...

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Date: 10/5/13 11:40 AM

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Have you ever used June Taylor's "Shape n' Cut" ruler for strip cutting? New rotary cutting blade--and the Shape n' Cut makes for very fast strip cutting!


Is there a trick for using that??? I've got one and can't get my cutting blade down most of the lines...and I've shaved off parts of one of the ones I can get down.

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Date: 10/5/13 7:45 PM

I've been cutting fabric, lots of fabric at the local LQS for over a year, I've become accustomed to cutting. So normally, at least before I started there, cutting was always a big deal. Only my hands felt fatigued last night and today I was fine. I did some stretching this morning and that helped to loosen me up. I agree it is a lot of fabric to cut at once.

The bargello measures 62 x 80 without borders, I think I can make it a queen easily. The tumbler I am not sure what the final size will be until I get a chance to lay out the blocks... I am guessing a large lap 50 x 60.

I have a Shape-Cut Ruler but decided not to use it. I find that it can produce inaccurate results and can slip easily. I am left handed so I can not hold it on the left side as suggested because I cut with my left hand. It was great for the Scrappy Trips quilt we did last winter. I will probably cut down my scrap pile with it when I am done with my Christmas projects... It is a great tool and I like it at lot but not for every project.

Bargello quilts by nature use a lot of different fabrics. I had 20 half yard cuts or 10 yards total. After cutting 5 2.5 inch strips from each fabric, it left me with 5.5 inches remaining. The tumbler ruler requires a 4.5 strip. If the fabric is folded, it will cut 10 tumblers each strip, times 20 fabrics that equals 200 tumblers 4.5'' unfinished size.

Before class today the LQS opened early for a bus load of quilter's. I was asked to help for a couple hours this morning so I cut at least 75 yards of fabric this morning... and I wasn't the only one cutting. Those ladies were big spender's, each one buying average of $200-300 per person... and there were 48 people. Plus they had three more shops to visit today. Can you imagine. But they were so nice, very polite and laughed at all my jokes.

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