Cutting Convulsions Disorder (CCD) occurs when you are mentally aware of the cutting dimensions that you need to use but your hands don’t follow through. It often occurs with complex measurements involving 16th of an inch but can happen at any time a rotary cutting device is put to fabric. Side effects include frantic searches on the internet to purchase more fabric, explosion of the volume in scrap bins, sudden profanity and feelings of idiocy.
There is no cure and no prevention although over-confidence is a risk factor.
I had a bad case of it a couple of weeks ago.
I sew with my quilt club once a month and the projects I work on there are projects that I only work on there. I have 2 projects underway now and one of them is a pattern called Snaps from this book. Simple blocks, right?
I cut them all out at one of the sewing weekends and started sewing them together weekend before last.
Apparently I had a case of CCD when I was cutting these and, of course, I cut 4 layers at a time. The 2 little pieces are supposed to be the same size.
Oops! I cut 3 sets with the big piece 1/4” too narrow. 16 blocks cut wrong and they are the simplest pieces to cut for any quilt. I wasn’t even drinking but I might have been talking too much.
Yesterday I had 15 minutes before meeting my cousin for lunch so I got out the leftover fabric (fortunately it was still in the basket) and cut 16 new blocks.
It seems that I had a LOT of leftover fabric. I feel a new giveaway week coming on!
I have a few new fabrics in the shop this week and want to remind you that I can usually custom dye fabric specific for your project. I’ve recently dyed custom new gradients and custom modified gradients. I can take any gradient pattern in the shop and switch out specific colors. Last week I did a version of Beach Walk but with a different blue. Gradients do have a minimum order of 2 yards because that’s the smallest size I can do with my specific process. So if you are ever looking at fabric but don’t see something EXACTLY like you want, contact me. I might be able to create your own perfect gradient.
Here are the new fabrics in the shop this week.
Kingsley – 3 yard of my new vertical stripe line of fabrics
Tripoli – another 3 yards piece of vertical stripes in Caribbean blues
Barrier Island gradient also has coordinating Stash Packs (Tidal Pool and Sunset).
Hatteras gradient was inspired by some shells that I collected from the beach at Hatteras, North Carolina. It coordinates with the Sahdes Packs Regalia and Willow.
It’s done! Over 10 truck loads of mulch have been spread. I finished the last of it this morning. It was worth the effort I think. They look so much better surrounded with mulch. Now I just have to spend the summer keeping on top of the weeds with RoundUp. That’s much easier.
Even easier is the task of re-graveling the driveway. That only takes a phone call.
I did not get away from the adventure unscathed though. Apparently I got a tick bite so now I’m on antibiotics and boy do they do a number on my stomach. I had to go to the clinic last night and they were kind enough to get me out in time to get home to see the series finale of Man Men. I really enjoyed that series but it was time for it to end and I was happy with the way it ended.
The side trip to the clinic meant that I didn’t get as many blocks quilted yesterday as I planned. I didn’t do any Saturday because I was teaching new owners at Virginia Longarm. It’s so much fun to help new owners fall in love with their Innova longarms.
Here are the 2 blocks that I quilted yesterday afternoon.
The bottom one required a lot of traveling but it’s done and I like it. Hopefully I can get a few more done today. Now that Mad Men is over my TV watching is kind of dead until football season starts. Maybe I’ll use that time more productively with FloMo instead of the TV.
In other news, I compiled a list of web sites with free quilt patterns for my quilt club’s blog. You can see it here if you are interested.
Since I shared the mosaic wall yesterday, today I’ll catch you up on Lura’s Choice. I did all of this Thursday. Yesterday was errands day and today I’m teaching the new owner’s class at Virginia Longarm. Tomorrow I should have the whole day to myself.
The lighting didn’t work out so well but I think you can see most of the quilting on these. I have 7 of 35 blocks done so I’m 1/5 done on the blocks. I’m probably about 1/15th done for the whole quilt!