When you start to make a quilt, how much fabric do you cut? I know that some confident quilters cut all the pieces for the entire quilt right at the beginning. I know my quilting self well enough to know that I can't do that.
I cut as I go along because:
a) I don't enjoy the cutting process as much as I enjoy sewing, so I spread that chore into little time bites, and
b) I change my mind as I go along and as inspiration strikes, and couldn't do that if I already cut all the fabrics.
But one thing I do know is that when I start cutting a large quilt, I always change my rotary cutter blade. You never realize how dull your blade is until you change it and compare how much less pressure you need to cut through fabric with a brand new sharp blade.
So my question is, what do you do with all your old blades (beside store them in a jar)? I keep hoping there will be a new revolutionary blade sharpener that will let me get more use out of these old ones.