I’ve been wanting to try my hand at sewing and when I read about a sewing challenge posted by one of the knitters I follow – Tinkerbellknits, well, I just had to jump in! You can read about the challenge here and here.
I went out earlier today and purchased a few ‘stacks’ of fabric – I wasn’t quite sure what that meant but I knew that I needed ‘fat quarters’ and these were, well just that – stacks of fat quarters. It’s a whole new language!! Out of convenience I went to my local Walmart and unfortunately there wasn’t a large selection of fabric so I just got 3 stacks of the most appealing colors. I of course needed a few new tools to assist with this challenge so I purchased a rotary cutter and a self healing cutting mat. Word of caution: that damn rotary cutter is sharp! I already got myself, thankfully not too bad and nothing got on the fabric – whew!
I diligently followed the instructions for cutting Color 1 in the size outlined however I realized after I cut the first sections that I wasn’t reading the cutting mat correctly – ha! I was an inch short on all the cuts – thank goodness I had plenty of fabric!! I finished re-cutting for Colors 1 & 2 and then made the prescribed cuts for Color 3. At first I was a little thrown off by the instructions for putting it all together but I soon figured it out…and a few hours later (I stopped for dinner)…Viola! I have a Dutchman’s Puzzle square. Yay!!
Now that it’s all together I’m not sure I made the best fabric choices – I think all the patterns are fighting with each other. I’m going to sleep on it tonight and since I have more fabric from the other stacks I might just make another…we’ll see.