Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
Remember that quilt I started quite a while back called Pieceful Nights by Lori Smith? Well, I just finished the last two blocks for it and despite having LOTS of pieces they went together pretty easily. This time around, I was able to cut all of those little pieces using my new Quilt Cut 2 fabric cutting system! for those of you unfamiliar with the product, here's a picture:
I have only had my unit for a couple of weeks now and I'm still learning some of the "ins and outs", but I can tell you that it is fabulous! I was able to cut all of the pieces for the last two blocks easier, quicker and be more precise. What a great combination!
Here are some pictures I took while cutting out some of the pieces:
And here are the finished blocks! I still need to trim the threads, clip the dog ears and press them, but I couldn't wait to show you!
Even though a lot of "traditional" quilters use this cutting system, I plan on using it for my fiber art as well. So stay tuned for more pictures. In the mean time, if you are looking for a way to make your cutting more accurate and in my opinion, safer, consider the Quilt Cut 2. Their website has lots of great information and videos. I don't think you'll be disappointed!
This was a fun piece to work on! It is little, only 12" square, but I think it packs a punch. :) As a SAQA member and a resident of TX, I have the opportunity to participate in A Texas Experience, a traveling exhibit that will tour the state for 2014.
Back in July, my family and I toured the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco. I learned about the early history of the Rangers which was extremely interesting! What a brave bunch of men! One in particular, Captain W. J. McDonald was the inspiration for this piece.
As the story goes, in the early 1900s, the mayor of Dallas called on the help of the Rangers to dispel a riot that had broken out. On the set day of their arrival, the mayor was quite surprised to find only one Ranger stepping off the train...W. J. McDonald. When the mayor inquired about the other Rangers, W. J. replied something to the affect of: "Well, there's only one riot, so you only need one Ranger!"
To make the boots, I experimented with a new product called kraft*tex.. This stuff is awesome! It is actually paper, but looks like leather and can be sewn and washed like fabric! Cool huh? I used the natural color but it also comes in black and white. It is easy to stitch on and "ages" well with some crinkling and wrinkling. I've got some more ideas brewing for what I can do with it!
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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