Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd! It is the 34th linky party where you can share new or favorite tips and tutorials related to sewing and quilting. This is the beginning of a busy week for a lot of us. I am the chief cook for Thanksgiving and so the buying and cooking begins later today (I am writing this Monday Morning).
Last Month’s Link Ups
In case you missed them, here are last month’s linkups. I hope you enjoy seeing them…let them know you stopped by and visited! I am so grateful for their linking up to the party!
Tip: Mark your Rulers for Trimming
Two things make trimming a block so much easier: 1) a spinning mat and 2) marking tape. The Olfa Rotating Cutting Mat* is perfect for this task as you don’t have to move the block, just the ruler. I use GE Design Ruler Stickers*, but I have also used masking tape, painter’s tape, and washi tape.
I mark two things for trimming this block. The center (4 1/4″) and the edges (8 1/2″) that I will use to square up the block. Knowing where to look makes the whole trimming process go quicker!
- Identify the center of the block. Trim.
For this 8 1/2″ block the center is 4 1/4″. The two green arrows on the 4 1/4″ are pointing to the top and bottom of the inner square. This makes it pretty easy to find where I need to start trimming this block!
2. Rotate the mat to the left one turn.
The side I just trimmed winds up on the bottom.
3. Line up the center again.
The two green arrows on the 4 1/4″ are pointing to the top and bottom of the inner square. I also then line up the trimmed edge on one of the lines on the ruler. In the photo above it is the 1/2″ line at the bottom of the picture.
4. Make your cut and turn your block towards the left again.
5. You can trim the last two sides.
I have 2 arrows pointing to the 8 1/2″ corner (bottom left) and 8 1/2″ on the left side. They are lined up on the two edges of the block that I cut previously.
Now, how I mark my Longarm Bobbins!
I use these handy dots that I purchased, probably at Staples, with a sharpie and the write the type/color of the thread. You can see this one is S(ew) F(ine) #403. That way, if there are threads that are similar, I can tell right away which one is on the bobbin! I don’t do this for my Bernina, but I might for a machine that also used metal bobbins. Why? Because it is easy to get the stick off with rubbing alcohol.
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