I pieced all 700-something of these blocks over-sized so that I could re-cut the blocks so that the center slash through them would be on an angle. (It would have been way too difficult to cut and piece all those weird angles - this way used more fabric, but probably doesn't take any longer, even figuring in all the trimming, and at this point I'm all about using as much fabric as possible).
I did this at work on the weekend, when it's really slow, in my spare time - but don't tell my boss.
I went out and specially bought this little rotating cutting mat. I opted for the least expensive one, because I figured I'd only need it rarely. The Olfa mat was like $40, and had ball-bearings, I think. This one, I won't say what brand, just rotates on another mat below it. Doesn't work very well at all. In fact, I didn't use the rotating feature. I needed to cut all the way around this 4" ruler, so I just stood up over the table and was able to cut all the way around without moving the mat or ruler (wasted money on the mat).
I ended up having a really difficult time cutting because of the seams in the middle of the block. The ruler wanted to rock, and it shifted easily. I had to be very careful.
When I got home Saturday night, my husband Darrell gave me some sticky-backed sandpaper and I put some little squares on each corner and it was a lot easier on Sunday. Sunday, the weather was bad - it was snowing here and there and we got very little business. Most everyone was sitting around doing nothing (in my office).
I got all of the lights, and most of the mediums cut out over the weekend.
January 14 - 3.00 hours total
January 15 - 4 00 hours total (in little fits and spurts)
Total hours up to now - 53.75 hours