This past weekend I started cutting fabric for a log cabin quilt. It was a kit purchased from
Craftsy Bluprint a while ago. There are over 1300 pieces, and four shades of seven colors. Once I get it cut, it should go pretty quickly. I noticed after the first day of cutting that my upper bicep on my ruler holding hand/arm was tender. The next day I realized that I was pressing down with way too much pressure on the ruler as I cut. Sort of an unconscious attempt to keep the ruler straight. So I consciously released the pressure and had a better time. The next day of cutting I started to think about lessening the pressure and what was causing it and realized that my rotary blade was dull. I had to use more strength in my cutting arm to push it through the fabric. I switched it out and had a better time of it. New rule: before starting a large cutting project, change out blades and release the urge to press the ruler through the table.
I have a Christmas gift that came to me a bit early, and I’m trying to wait to use it until the day of the holiday. It’s a Standing Desk Converter I found at Amazon, (no affiliation) in a box in my sewing room. What is so great about it is that the top of it is the same size as my cutting mat. My cutting mat is on the table that is also my sewing machine table. I had an office conference table modified to hold my machine. It’s a good height for me to sit and sew, but really hard on my lower back to stand and cut. With the flip of a lever I’ll be able to elevate the mat to a more comfortable level to cut at. Usually what I do is bring my cutting mat to the dining room table and cut there. So I’m looking forward to the option of not having to lug all that stuff out to, and then fit it all back into my sewing room.
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Bending and cutting is a killer on the lower back. It can also create neck and shoulder pain. My cutting table was customized for height with the aid of 2×4″s. Crude but effective. Is this the log cabin quilt you are making?
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