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Thread: Cutters block?

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    Hi!
    I am cutting out pieces for a thousand pyrimad(sorry can't spell :roll: )
    quilt, and it is taking so long, how do I get past the mental wall? And, when I sew them they don't get together right :?
    Thanks
    Emily

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    I'm having the same problem getting a quilt cut out -- it also has about a thousand pieces. I'm about 1/4 finished and want to quit....

    Help us!!!!:cry: :cry:

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    For me, instead of cutting all of it out at one setting.. I would cut out about 1/4, sew those rows together, then cut again, sew... etc.. until finished.. That way it breaks the monotony of doing the same thing so long. Of course some designs you can't do this to... but do take a break when you can.
    Also by doing some sewing you can spot if you have made a cutting error before you cut all the material up.


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    Good advice....tnjacke.
    Or work on an easier quilt as your main project or finish some UFO's and use the thousand piece one as a diversion when you need a break from sewing. That way you can at least see the progress on one while you are cutting the other. ...you'll have it cut out and ready for sewing before you know it.
    Another thing that might help is to vary the colors when cutting...don't cut all the pieces of one color first before going on to the next color. Make a copy of your pattern and check mark off the steps you have done.....go back later and do the subcuts if there are any. That always helps me.

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    http://fiberfantasies.wordpress.com/...sand-pyramids/

    Here is one site that shows a way to assemble those equilateral triangles.

    If you google thousand pyramid quilt, I'm sure many others will also show up.

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    As I cut what seems like massive amounts of blocks, I make stacks in multiples of 25 or 50 or whatever works best for you. Then I don't go back and recount all the time. Yes, breaks in between make time go faster or during TV.

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    If your memory is getting like mine - short term challenged!

    Put the cut pieces into little baggies along with a label with how many and what they go to. Maybe even the date?

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    it will be so worth it! keep a'goin'!

    i most always have at least 3 projects in the works. one small something, one in the piecing stages, and one in the quilting stages. that way i don't get bored and can still be productive depending on what 'mood' i'm in! except i have to pace myself this week because i'm getting close to being ready to quilt two quilts (really anxious to get them both done). need to force myself to just work on one and get to the quilting stage.

    one of the ones i'm working on is a triple irish chain. i've decided that i don't like this 'strippin' stuff! i thought it was rather boring. but i kept everything organized so that i cut for a while, then pieced, then cut some more, then pieced. and with it organized, i could steal away up to my room and work for an hour or so without anyone missing me and still get something accomplished!

    the planning is almost as fun as the piecing and quilting parts!


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    I'm with tnjacke and auntluc. Work in small increments. Then use the monotonous project as a "filler."

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