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Laurel Byrne28/10/2016 20:36:31
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i teach beginners and improvers and have the nicest lady who can not cut accurately. She has completed the beginners year twice and has not improved at all. She is making log cabin blocks using a jelly roll but I am running out of ideas to move her on. I end up cutting her fabric for her at class but when she goes home and tries on her own, it is a disaster. She knows she has a problem but loves coming. Anyone got any suggestions please ?

Margaret S28/10/2016 21:22:54
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How about crazy or maybe improv log cabin using the strips as they come and squaring up afterwards, or Gees Bend style? Can she afford a cheap die cutting machine like the Sizzix Big Shot, or does someone have one and could cut pieces for her?

Eileen Heathorn29/10/2016 10:00:34
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Set her some shapes to cut and mark the sizes on the ruler with tape. Concentrate on cutting one size shape at a time. Maybe a 9 patch block.


rosemary Rosenfeld29/10/2016 11:38:28
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Hi Laurel! Do you know what the problem actually is? Can you tell if you watch when she cuts a shape? Is it that the ruler slips? Is it do do with her eyesight? If the former...... then there are things that would help! If the latter...... then Eileen's idea of putting tape on is a good one! I often do that myself if I am cutting a lot of identical shapes and don't want to have to remember each time!!

Margaret's idea of making "freer" blocks is also a good one but I can see that eventually greater accuracy may be needed!...Maybe practice will make perfect!

Sorry I can't offer anything more to help!

best Rosemary

Laurel Byrne29/10/2016 18:13:26
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Thank you all for your ideas. I think she has a combination of issues, unsteady hands being one. She is better with jelly rolls but the rest of the group will be learning other techniques. An accuquilt would be great, might see if I can get funding for one.

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