Throughout the last round of I Spy at Obsessively Stitching, I watched with vague interest. I wasn’t in it, and wasn’t thinking all that hard about it. But for whatever reason when round two was announced, all of a sudden it was the best-and-most-amazing-idea in the whole wide world and I got all panicky about signing up.
After cutting about three squares, I didn’t like the idea so much. 197 to go?
I needed to find the shortcut for me. I wanted to get started right away and hadn’t gotten Care’s method yet. So I used some thin scrap plexiglass from a cheap photo frame to make a “fussycut window”. It’s the same type of thing I use for folding fabric into a uniform, neat little shape. To make one, just use the tip of some not-your-favorite scissors or other blade to firmly score a line alongside a ruler. Flip it over and apply pressure on one side with the ruler and lift the opposite edge, and SNAP. I edge mine with masking tape so that it doesn’t disappear in the piles of whatever you’re working on. Easy to cut around and also to see what you’re fussycutting. And your preschooler may or may not be highly impressed with the snapping sound.
I included an extra window for Care in the package that my husband has promised to mail while he’s at work tomorrow. 200 squares, done! Can’t wait to see what comes back to me! (And I’m thinking of organizing a swap because I love the thought of getting 200 different prints for one quilt. Is that crazy?)