I've also seen a lot posted about Olfa's new Endurance Blade lately, so I had to pick one up.
My project involves trying out Moda's Cake Mix Recipes. I love precuts, but I never bought a layer cake before. I like charm packs for small things and jelly rolls and honey buns for strips, and fat eighth or fat quarter bundles if I wanted larger cuts, but a layer cake seemed limiting. Maybe I'm exactly the type of quilter these were invented for? So I picked up a layer cake of Jen Kingwell's "Behind the Scenes" from Green Fairy Quilts, and four yards of Kona Cotton in Celestial, and set to work with Cake Mix #2 which I'd ordered from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Sewing one of them takes me less than three minutes. The advantage to these long straight lines is that I could put the pedal to the metal and zoom over these straight lines. (Side note - I need to look into getting a foam pad of some sort because my whole sewing table vibrates when I sew that fast!)
Here's the one I've chosen! I may switch it up from the block design to a streak-of-lightening/chevron design when I put these four blocks together in the end.
My only challenge is working with pins ... I'm not a quilter who uses them often and I keep poking myself! But it's a small price to pay for speed, accuracy and convenience!
After I cut all of these with my Olfa Endurance Blade I enrolled a course in the One Block Wonder quilt, which is essentially turning a gorgeous piece of fabric into kaleidoscope blocks. It was a fun day of cutting and sewing at the Blue Hen Quilt Shop, and I'm looking forward to returning in a few weeks with all my completed half-hexie blocks to lay it out and put it all together! (Repeat pics from my Instagram feed here, sorry!)
Finally, my last big exciting bit of news almost deserves its own post. I just got my preview copies of Quiltmaker Magazine's 100 Blocks Volume 15, and not only was I a happy tester for the issue, but I am the proud AUTHOR of Block # 1435! Tune in to Quilty Pleasures for the blog tour May 1-5, 2017. I'll also be showcasing my block here then, and giving away issues to a few lucky winners. Testing for Volume 16 begins next month also, and I'm looking forward to being the first to test those ... maybe I'll come up with a design to submit for Volume 16 as well!