#8 Aunt is a great block to do fussy cutting, but the fabrics I've chosen do not really lend themselves to fussy cutting. I might try with the Christmas block.
Again I am using the rotary cutting method, and using fabrics I've already chosen for previous blocks. In twelve months time I will put all the blocks together and I'm sure there will be a good mixture.
I think the instructions for cutting the triangles in this block were confusing. I cut a square 3 and a 1/4inch and then cut diagonally twice to make the four triangles.
I measured each 'short edge' and got the correct measurement as listed on the CD (or PDF).
Love the way my stitch un-picker is in some of my photos.
It's never too far away.
I fold each piece in half and finger press to find the centre.
I then match and pin to get the triangle and square in the correct place.
I chose to practise my fussy cutting on the Christmas fabrics. As I am using scraps, I didn't have a lot of focus fabric to fussy cut, so thought the tree fabric would be good. I used a combination of my 2 and a half inch square ruler and my 12" x 6 and 1/2" ruler to get the exact measurement.
I also like using my Friskers rotating mat.
I like using an anchor cloth, and for this project (and many others) I am making random string blocks to use at other times.
What I'm enjoying most about these blocks, and reading the letters, is the calmness, the mindfulness of the process. It's not a race, but I'm keen to keep up so I look forward to the next block being released next Tuesday.
My thoughts on # Aunt letter: One Day at a Time
by Aunt Maria 1933
This letter focuses on living for today.
No one knows what will happen tomorrow. A family member in good health, enjoying life, passed away while mowing the lawn.
Live for today!
Take each day as it comes and deal with the now - don't worry about tomorrow.
Don't worry about the might have been.
I was so engrossed with my work, that I use to love, I forgot to live my life. One doesn't know this is happening with dealing with work, family, personal, social and extended family and friends issues. It was hard to realise I was living for others and worrying about tomorrow, not dealing with my needs and focusing on today and one day at a time.
Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles
- it takes away from today's peace!