Mini Blocks and Cutting Strips

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Only one little mini block got done yesterday – I was just too busy with other things.  I hope to finish the last of the 3 for this second week – it really doesn’t take much time – just a pain!  And yes LOL even with starch and pressing it is not even – I am just not worrying about it.  This well end up in a little table topper or something – it will not be anything special just something to use up more scraps.

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Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today and Crazy Mom Quilts.  I did get the strip cutters out and tried them out.  I dug through the scrap box and found an almost fat quarter – in others words something that was already cut into – I mainly just wanted to see how the diagonal areas on these strips worked and the squares from the strips.

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My piece wasn’t wide enough to fold in half and still fit over the 2 – 2.5 inch strip areas, so I fan folded it over one of the strip areas.

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I got three strips and this was the amount of scrap left over –

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If you have a long piece of fabric if you fold it on this end it will not cut through and instead of a 24 inch strip you can end up with a much longer strip because this end will not cut through

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I wanted to try out the squares so from one of the strips I fan folded it over this area going the opposite way – I did line it up on the mark.

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after more experimenting I got about 10 squares and I think it was a couple of diamonds and then from the leftovers played more – you do need to make sure you line up the diamond area right and a diagram is included.

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From the 2.5 inch strip die I moved on to the 1, 1.5, and 2 inch strip – one area for each of those strips is on the die – from the one inch I experimented with squares and then measured and it is 1 inch square.  I’m sure I will enjoy cutting strips from long pieces of fabric and know they will be straight – but for now I better get back to projects in progress!  Do not know if any sewing will be done today – grass to cut in the morning and then exercise in the afternoon and half of the ceiling needs the second coat of varnish on still.  Busy day ahead!

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Supply Sale at Craftsy – Friday through Sunday up to 50% off kits and supplies!  This is where I got the flannel star quilt kit from that I had so much fabric left over.  I think I need to check it out again and see what kits there are once again – although I still have two on the shelf to make!!

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16 comments… add one
  • Marianne Jun 16, 2017

    Good to know! I have a die that has a 4″ square, a 2.5″ square and two halves of a HST that I’ve been using for Sister’s Choice. The seconds are skew on the die, so you have to place your fabric a little skew also to get the grain to line up. I don’t mind being slightly off grain most of the time, but it does mean being a little careful when pressing with steam not to distort things. I really like having the die cutter, though, and should use it more. It really saves my wrists.

    • Karen Jun 16, 2017

      yes I need to use it more too

  • Kat Jun 16, 2017

    Good choice of dies. It’s nice that you can do more then strips. I so like mine, one of my best investments.

    • Karen Jun 16, 2017

      I like it too and just really have to look for each quilt that I make – “can I cut some with dies” because I do not have it laying out I at times forget about

  • Dottie bishaw Jun 16, 2017

    Your blocks are looking good Karen. I love the strip dies and the machine. It really helps me so much, less strain on my wrists. I only wish there was a die for the little baskets I am doing, it would save so much time. It sounds like you have a very busy day planned. We’re supposed to be very hot this weekend, triple digits. Hope you get out early to cut the grass before it gets too hot!

    • Karen Jun 16, 2017

      glad it is not that hot here but we have the humidity which makes it all feel hotter – only 77 degrees and I just got done cutting grass and I am sweating and just sitting on the mower! You can get a special order die for baskets or anything from what I hear – but of course willing to pay for it is another matter! LOL

    • Karen Jun 16, 2017

      Dottie one of my readers pointed out that the Serendipity Cube Set has a basket – it also has a lot of other things in it. The basket though is on a six inch die so I think it is larger than the ones we are using for the little basket quilt it also cuts the handle off separately – this set is designed by Edyta Sitar and is intended to use with machine applique –

  • Rebecca Grace Jun 16, 2017

    I still do not understand how the strip cutting dies work. I think I would have to actually see it in action! Don’t those diagonal lines cut across the strips too, or is that a different die in that photo?
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    • Karen Jun 16, 2017

      the diagonal lines are markers for where to put your strips for diamonds only the strips marks cut – go to the AccuQuilt site link on the sidebar – they have videos – look at one of the strips and it will show you better than I can explain

  • Kristie Jun 16, 2017

    Those dies are on my “wishlist” I do think that those are some that I would probably use a lot. Thanks for the detailed review of them.
    Blessings…
    Kristie

    • Karen Jun 16, 2017

      I think I will use the strips more than any other

  • maureen hicks Jun 16, 2017

    Dottie!
    There is a die for the little basket in the Serendipity cube set.

    • Karen Jun 16, 2017

      is the serendipity in Accuquilt? if it is I didn’t see it!

    • Karen Jun 16, 2017

      thanks – I just checked it out and gave Dottie a link

  • audrey Jun 17, 2017

    I’m really tempted by the mini blocks. They are very intriguing!

    • Karen Jun 17, 2017

      they are cute but the centers! so many seams and pressing open so won’t be a hard bump

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