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December 20, 2019

Cat Bullet

Clue 3 done

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 11:03 am

Well, finished in the nick of time…

Half Square Triangles, lots of them.  I made a bunch more than were called for, but that’s ok.  I’m sure that they will get used for something at some point…

Why did I make so many extra?  Well, I’m not good at sewing on the diagonal, and I usually have a fairly high “unusable” percentage.   This is a long established fact.

This time, I tried a new technique, where you cut bigger squares, sew them diagonally a couple of times in each direction and then cut them into the half square triangles.   With the addition of a new tool in my arsenal called the “slotted triangle trimmer,” well, my trials and tribulations are over!  I made over 200 HSTs this time around, and only one of them was unusable because the fabric warped when I pressed it and one of them was unusable because my ruler slipped massively when I was doing the final trimming.    Two unusable blocks. All of the rest of them are as perfect as anyone could manage!

I’m very pleased.

Clue four was released this morning, and it is a combination of half square triangles (sewn) and other triangles (un-sewn), in individual sets of matching fabrics.    She gave directions to make them using her preferred tools, but I’m torn because I now know that I can accomplish things more accurately in a different matter.    So…. I’m not sure what I’m going to do.  Right now, I’m tentatively planning to do the HSTs in my new method, but then I’m going to wait to cut the fabrics for the un-sewn other triangles until I see what we will be doing with them.  The only down side is that I’ll have to re-match the fabrics for those during cutting time, but that shouldn’t be too bad…

Decisions, decisions.


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