Cutting wasn't bad once I read the instructions 6,743 times and watched the video 2,917 times.
I pressed my fabric and headed to the cutting table. No matter how I laid down that ruler, I could not figure out how to make the cut. Heck, I couldn't even see the fabric. Okay, time for a break. Walked Penny, took a deep breath, and cautiously approached my cutting table only to find this:
Nowhere -- and I mean nowhere -- in the instructions was I told to take the paper off the ruler. Honest to Pete, I'm as dumb as a fence post sometimes!
Okay, I had to laugh at myself on that one! You have my permission to laugh, too!!
I managed to get the two colored fabrics cut okay. The background, not so much.
This was my first attempt. Public service announcement here ... only ONE fat quarter was murdered in the commission of this crime! Grabbed another fat quarter and cut that one with no further problems.
I wanted to make one component part just to see if I could manage the curves. I can see chain piecing these further down the line but not now for this newbie.
Then to square up that puppy took me the longest time, another couple of readings of the instructions, another look at the video.
Ta dah ... my first part that I've affectionately named the "4-Hour Part."
Oh, and if you see anything wrong with it, DO NOT TELL ME! Sometimes I'm happy just to wallow in my own ignorance!
And just so I don't scare anyone off who was thinking about getting this ruler, sewing the curves wasn't difficult at all. The squaring wasn't hard. It's just different. The rest of them will go much faster and better. Thank you again, Thelma, for the ruler and insisting that I learn how to use it!! :)
My brain cells feel like they're about to explode. Seriously, I don't think I've thought about and studied anything so much in years. But I am determined to make one complete block if it takes me the whole holiday weekend.
Speaking of that -- HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!
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Another three hours and I completed the block. Wow, it went so quickly after that first component. I had to piece together scraps for the center gold, but, hey, it worked! I'm hooked on this ruler now. I'm going to quilt up this block and use it in the fall on my little black round table in the kitchen in Louisiana!