Have you got your fabrics yet? Have you joined the flickr group? Have you uploaded pics of your fabric choices? Have you started? (some people have - they're super efficient)
If you need to go shopping head over to Pink Castle Fabrics and use the code SPIN15 for 15% off your order. Maybe you could use it to get stocked up on the new and amazing Michael Miller couture cottons, they're sure to sell fast and they're great colours (they've literally just been listed, so pictures might not be up yet, they'll be coming shortly!) or (and I am crazy excited by this) you could grab some of Jay Mccarroll's new line, Center City. I loved Habitat and I think I love this even more. My swoon quilt (still not finished - it will be soon though, I'm picking it up in SLC when I go to sewing summit!) was made from Habitat and the prints are perfect for this kind of pattern.
I've decided to cut as I go, using a template set I had cut from acrylic so I can use a rotary cutter. I think it'll be more accurate to cut my fabrics this way, instead of with scissors, as well as being way faster (obviously!) I have a few more sets in my etsy shop if you'd like some. They're really sturdy and traced directly from the pattern sheet, with the template letter etched on for easy reference. If they're out of stock send me a convo and I can order some more (it takes about a week to get them cut and in the mail to you).
I've pieced my first block and it went pretty well. I have full yards of all of the leopard prints from Field Study so I'm going to use those for the rings. It'll be a riot of prints and colour, no surprises there.
What have I learned so far
- cutting each block as I go will most likely make things more obvious because I get confused easily
- press seams open to reduce bulk and make the block lie flat
- use pins and watch out for the bias edges when piecing
- trim the dog ears (I didn't with this block, and the centre points are teensy bit off because of it)
- it's pretty straight forward and comes together really well, plus it's so satisfying because it looks so great as a block, and looks way harder than it actually is