This was a sidenote OMG goal, to complete the flimsy. I did complete (already!!) my main goal of getting the cat mats all done.
If you are on Instagram, you saw this little collage I posted yesterday (that got so many likes!)
|From trimmings, to stretching cat approval, to half done flimsy|
|Bella approved the second gradation order block|
|Feel the glow, in this case, the luminescence of this example of perfection?|
I have a time-saving and money-saving tip I thought I'd quickly share with you here:
Time-saver: I put two HSTs atop each other, RST. With the diagonal seams pressed to the darker side, it is easy to butt them up against each other so they are nicely aligned, and then you can trim two at once. The full tutorial is here, also featured on Totally Tutorials. :-)
Moneysaver: Notice the small 5X7" Olfa cutting mat is on top of my larger one? This way I don't touch the layered HSTs; I simply rotate the little mat 180 degrees, and do the second trim. You can pay around $35 or more for the rotating Olfa mat; I think I paid around $5 several years ago for my Olfa mini mat, and one is always going to have a larger mat to set the mini mat upon, right?
|Rotated and ready for the second trim|
|And, photo-bombed, as per usual.|
|Just placing myself right ... h-e-e-r-r-e ... ahh! Okay you can take the photo now, Sandra.|
Hmm, so on the layout, I asked for a couple of opinions. MacGyver gave the thumbs-up for layout 2, well one thumb, the other hand was busy holding his iPad (shocker I know right, Brianne and Dayna?!) and/or coffee cup. We both love the illusion of squares each layout provides. Judy of Quilt Paradigm threw me not one but two curve balls, but when I saw her response, I'd already sewn up the top. Ripper? Nope. But I might play with iPhoto and the Layout App I got for Instagram to see how her suggestions would play out...
I took it outside to, you know, do what I always do with finished quilts and flimsies, throw them around on the ground.
|Florida orange, of course amongst the palm trees!|
Speaking of money-saving remedies, haha, er tips, have you been taking advantage of any of Connecting Threads' sales this week? I know, I'm enabling you again. I need company in my shopping
Watch this spot tomorrow for more money-saving tips, well one big one coming from Craftsy! For now I'm off to buy thread!
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