Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Broken Panes Quilt Along - Cutting

Welcome to the first week of the Broken Panes Quilt Along!

We're taking it nice and slow for this quilt along, with a few weeks added in for extra sewing time. For the complete schedule and supply list see THIS POST.

This week we are simply cutting our strips. Our goal is to get good, accurate cuts. The Accurate Cutting post shows where to place the lines of your ruler on your fabric when cutting, there is also a helpful video.

Beginners  might find the Beginners Unite series helpful as well.

We start with cutting strips. WOF = Width of Fabric and simply means to cut from the fold to the seam allowance. Cut the required number of strips for each color. If you are using directional fabric, for this step you are simply following the instructions, there isn't anything to change yet.

In the photo above you can see that my selvages are lined up together but that the edge isn't straight any more. This is why it's so important to get straighten the edge first. I'll line up my ruler on that 17" mark and cut off the funky edge. Now I can start cutting my strips.

When sub-cutting the background strips I like to lay a few of them together to cut. Many like to layer a couple of strips on top of each other, but I prefer one layer for accuracy. Another one of those "personal preference" moments in quilting.

The instructions call for some of the strips to be cut in half. I simply use my scissors and cut on the fold. This cut doesn't have to be very accurate, because next week we will be strip piecing and trimming.

Once you have finished cutting the required amount of strips for the size you are making simply set them aside for next week. I like to use a shoe box sized tub for my cut quilts. You will be amazed how how much they will hold.

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Next week we will go over strip piecing, sub-cutting, and how to plan for directional fabrics.

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  1. Great tips for beginners and a great refresher for those that are more experienced!


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