Week 2 is here and it’s all about cutting! If you’ve got your pattern handy, make sure you read through it in its entirety before starting. (Always a good idea, right?)
Another thing I like to do before cutting in to my fabric is to check for pattern corrections with the designer. I’ve done that for all of us for the Wallflowers quilt and can happily tell you there are none. Moving right along…
So I’ve got my fabric, cutting mat, rulers, rotary cutter, and pattern. I’m ready!
For this quilt, I’ve decided not to pre-wash my fabric. I used to pre-wash everything — and you certainly can — but I like working with fabric that still has the sizing in it. My cuts are more accurate and the fabric is easier to work with, in my opinion. The only extra precaution I take since I’m not pre-washing is to use a color catcher when I wash my quilt the first couple of times. These color catchers magically catch extra color floating around in the water and prevents colors from bleeding all over. I’ve not had any issues with color bleeding since I’ve started using these.
And if you’re going to pre-wash your fabric, just make sure you aren’t using any that are exactly 42″ wide or smaller, since pre-washing those will shrink them to smaller than the 42″ width required by the pattern.
This is a pretty easy pattern to cut for. Squares, rectangles, and strips. For both the prints and solids used in the background and binding.
I used a few different rulers: my 6.5″ square, 10.5″ square, and a 6.5″ x 24.5″. Use what you have, though… and remember that old adage of ‘measure twice, cut once.’
Once you’re done with your cuts, you’ll end up with a nice little collection of scraps to use for a future project and a pretty pile of fabric fettuccine!
Tips for cutting success:
- Take breaks – I cut my print fabrics 1 day and came back a few days later to cut my solids.
- Measure twice, cut once – This is crucial, unless of course you’ve purchased or have lots of extra fabric in your stash.
- Fresh blade – Make sure you have a sharp blade in your rotary cutter. You’d be amazed at how much of a difference this can make in your accuracy.
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