I love being a part of Bee's!!! Each month they challenge me and I almost always get to try something new!!! I highly recommend trying one out if you haven't done so already. This month had me trying new things with each block. (And yes, I am just finishing my bee blocks with a whole 2 days to spare :)
First, Cherie requested a Carpenters Star block. This is a stunning block and Cherie has so many beautiful color combo's for it!! She wrote up a fabulous little tutorial for it here in case you want to do your own :) I love these blocks that are all about perfectly precise points.
The new thing I tried with this block was making larger HST's for trimming. When I was ready to trim these I had to check the directions 3 times to make sure I wasn't trimming them to small. I kept thinking there was way more fabric than normal. And that is because there was. Cherie's directions had us make our squares 3/4" larger then the HST size instead of 1/2" larger. And I have to say, I really liked it!!! I found trimming when much faster because I didn't have to be so precise and most of all, it made me feel like I was actually trimming for a reason. I think I might be doing my HST's with the 3/4" give in the future :)
The second bee block I put together was for Lindsay and she requested a Polaroid block. This was such a fun block to put together!!! You chain sash everything so it goes together super quick. I used this fabulous tutorial to put it together.
My favorite part of this block was picking the "pictures" to fussy cut. And while I was fussy cutting I decided to try something new. I was getting frustrated trying to make sure my images were centered and having to constantly keep checking the measurements. And then I saw the masking tape I use when basting and WhaLa. 2 tape marks along the edge of my designated measurement, no more centering headaches. Perfect!!!
So . . . That is what I have been trying new this week :) 2 little tricks to speed up your cutting :) So what have you been trying new this week?? Link on up!!