On this last Design Wall of the month is the Timber Quilt I've been immersed in for the past couple of weeks. There is a LOT of cutting involved in this complex design but only straight stitching.
I made myself a plan for each of the five neutrals required for the quilt sections. However, I chose the Fast Flying Geese method rather than cutting 96 two inch squares for the four blocks requiring multiple flying geese.
There are a number of different methods for fast flying geese. While I have used the above-pictured method many times before, I tried THIS method from Connecting Threads first, as it boasted less cutting up front. However, I found the trimming down to size far more tedious and less accurate for me than cutting four small squares. It was still half as many squares to cut than the pattern instructions.
Post-It notes sure are handy to keep all the different neutrals separated. These cut pieces are lying on top of the main neutral, Silver, which still needs to be ironed before I get cutting.
The finished component parts are piling up! Some colors may be eliminated but I am giving myself choices. It has been hard to face roasting in my sewing room and ironing with this relentless heat we have been having in SoCalif. Just moving from the sewing machine to the cutting table causes sweat to break out. We run fans constantly and try to keep the house cool with shutting windows, etc, but the humidity is just impossible. The HVAC companies have been having a golden year with all the folks wanting air conditioning installed!
Yesterday DH and I went to the beach late in the afternoon. I had read that the water temperature is 75 degrees, unheard of in our more central California town--it is a more typical of San Diego summer water temps. DH took a swim while I waded and watched, and then he relaxed on the beach as I waded all the way to the next jetty and back. It was wonderful to listen to the waves, watch the sandpipers and beach visitors, and enjoy the cooler wind. We have vowed to make this a more regular occurrence--so good for the soul!
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