Monday, May 21, 2012

Copy Machine as Quilting Tool

I got so much done last week in the kitchen, yard, and garage. I volunteered at one craft fair and visited another. I ran errands, got a great deal on a mid century sideboard, and relocated furniture around the house, but none of those feats was sewing-related. Sorry it was quiet around here. This week I'm back in the clubhouse (aka my sewing space) making some progress. 

I decided I needed to make good on all of this talk about designing Rose Star blocks ahead of time so that I will always have hand sewing with me when I'm on the go. In order to do this, I needed plenty of the  paper kites and hexagon pieces cut out. The few pieces I had been reusing weren't going to be enough to make piles of blocks.

I couldn't seem to scan and print to scale at home, so I went to the nearby office store to take things up a notch. Copies were cheap. I was so pleased the edges weren't chopped off of my templates and everything was to scale. I got home and started cutting out all of the shapes.

Even with shapes cut from just a few sheets, I was able to get two blocks designed and ready to go. Yay!

The design process is tedious for me, and cutting all of these pieces takes awhile. I think it's about an hour per block. Of course the clubhouse looks like this:

That's normal, though, right? Getting a design wall up is definitely on the to do list. If I keep enough stuff out on the floor maybe Mr. Pins will lend a hand.

If you've discovered any secret ways to make office supplies work for your sewing process, I'd love to hear about them.

Happy Crafting!


  1. cutting all the bits out first is definitely the way to go. I did that too, and it made things so much easier!

  2. i use our industrial paper cutter at work to cut my templates out of old manila file folders. although that probably doesn't help you out at all, lol. you totally need a design wall!

    1. Ooooh, that's a really great idea! I might have to employ the paper cutter technique on a future English paper piecing project with hexagons. Reusing the old file folders is genius. That sounds like the perfect weight of paper to use :-)