threading needles, threading words

04 January 2013

Fussy Cut Friday

I'm calling this post "Fussy Cut Friday" because it's Friday. And I'm fussy cutting. The reality, though, is that it's Fussy Cut Friday every single day in my studio. A look at the Sold segment of my etsy shop will quickly reveal that my most popular designs are those made from fabrics with Navajo motifs, like these:

I spend a lot of time cutting out my patterns--one panel at a time--in order to center those motifs. That means I can't stack fabric and cut out, say, four makeup bags or Card Corrals at one time.

Even though the fabulous group of fabrics pictured below doesn't have a featured motif, each one still has to be fussy cut, in order to keep everything centered.

Another thing about these fabrics? There are four different prints. Looks like more, doesn't it? So, even though the design doesn't feature a single motif, the items made from these look completely different, depending upon which direction I lay out the fabric. That's cool, because it gives you more choices; at the same time, I have to make sure I don't have it facing the wrong direction, or it's back to the cutting board for me! The two large makeup bags shown below (2 views of each) are from the same bolt of fabric! Like I said: Cool.

It's not just the Navajo designs, either. Check out the purple guitars:

Bless my heart, it took an hour to upload these photos. Internet challenged, here in the sticks...which means I should go back to fussy cutting. Make your first weekend of 2013 a great one!

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