Me: "I am going to hug and kiss Eve at Quilt Guild tomorrow night!"
Alex: "Maybe just hug?"
Me: "Yes. Maybe."
I was finishing the top of the aloha zig zag quilt last night, when I tried something my friend Eve showed me at guild last month. She said that if you rip fabric parallel to the length, then the rip will be a perfect straight line with the grain of the fabric. I was dubious, but she demonstrated once.
I had to cut four 5" inch strips that were two yards long each. With a rotary cutter, the job would probably have taken twenty minutes or so. However, I snipped and ripped at five inch increments and VIOLA! Three minutes later I was done with perfect 5" strips. For your benefit, I photographed both ends of one two-yard strip.
The strip edges did fuzz up a little, but ironing the edges still took much less time than cutting via rotary cutter would have taken. Amazing.