As of last week, I had 3 of the 9 Link panels sewn. I finished sewing the other 6. The seams need to be pressed open to reduce the bulk. Since I’m working with a single piece of fusible for each panel, the next step is slicing a tiny piece off of each seam so they can be pressed open. I flipped each panel over and (very carefully) sliced a tiny little bit off of each seam.
Here is the waste off of all 9 panels. It only took me about an hour and a half to cut and I didn’t cut into any of the quilt (phew).
It also reminded me of this dog art I saw last year on Bainbridge Island. I’m wondering how hard it would be to turn those pieces into the dog.
Because of the amount of cutting and tools to quickly cut a ton of squares, I knew there was a high probability that I would cut myself. Especially at this stage, my hand was going to be right next to the blade and since I was free-handing it, I bought the Klutz glove on Amazon. [Quick note – none of my links are referral links, so I don’t generate any revenue if you buy something I share. I just want to share the tools I use.] I bought the medium which is a little large, but otherwise, it’s great. The glove has wire mesh in it to protect your hand and the white grippy dots will hold onto a ruler. What’s interesting is that the front packaging says that it’s to protect your hand from the rotary cutter but the back says it shouldn’t be used with a moving blade. I’m not really sure how that works, but I feel much safer with the glove!
After the seams were cut, the next step was pressing them open. For one panel, I tried pressing it to one side and it made it almost impossible to fold over for the next sewing step, so I should have trusted the tutorial. I put something on Netflix and ironed all of my seams open. This is one of the panels.
And here are all 9 of the panels laid out. Each square starts at 1″ and finishes at 0.5″. Because of how I sewed the seams, there is the distorted effect in the blocks. After the next round of sewing, everyone will shrink up and fit together, since it looks pretty funky now.
Next up: Everything gets run through the machine again and the opposite seams get sewn. Then more cutting and pressing, and the panels will be complete!