The cutting is all done for a new Kim Diehl Simple Whatknots project. This one is called Cranberry Chutney and is done with just 2 fabrics/colors. I really love a red and white quilt so I'm excited to get this one done. I made one of the center blocks. These finish at 6.5" square and the other 8 are ready to sew, hopefully later today.
Our group met for lunch last Saturday and several of the gals talked about the outer border blocks not fitting properly on this one. Most ended up adjusting the width of the border separating the border blocks from the center blocks so they would fit, which turned out OK. They mostly used the template in the pattern and complained that their blocks finished 1/4" too small. So I decided to try using my Companion Angle ruler instead and tested it on some scraps. With the ruler my test block came out to a perfect 4.5" square. So I know that's the technique I'll use for making the real blocks.
The Companion Angle ruler is perfect for cutting hourglass block pieces from strip sets, and the Easy Angle ruler that goes with it is perfect for cutting HST from strip sets. Notice the flat spot at the tip? That lines up with the edge of the fabric. I use them quite often. There are a couple of different "brands" of these rulers made by different designers.