The Accuquilt die cut pieces are a breeze to sew. Mostly mindless, which is what I needed this week. Sometimes I want a challenge, and other times I want to make and finish something quickly. The tumbler is certainly easy. Just sew the pieces together (make sure one is going up and one is going down), vary your colors, make an odd number of blocks per strip. This one had 7. Stick your strips on the design wall to help get a variety in the mix, and sew the rows together. Did I mention no "dog ear" triangle points or corners to clip?? I plan to make a few more of these, since they are fun and a great background for some new quilting designs. I am, afterall, in a challenge to improve my Free Motion Quilting. This month's theme at SewCal Gal's blog was leaves (see my previous post for my first examples) and I wanted to do more leaves.
For me, the most practical practice is in real life. If I can really make something out of my stitching practice, or are making a real project, I concentrate more on the stitching, speed and shapes of the design. The practice and repetition becomes real, not just a test. Afterall, isn't applying what we learn to real life situations the true test of our skills and knowledge? I think sometimes the powers that rule our current education systems forget that. Performance in a test does not equate performance in real life. Um, yeah, that's the teacher in me talking.