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Day 1: Cutting Fabrics

January 2, 2010

If you are using a Jelly Roll or your fabrics are already cut into 2.5 inch strips, please skip to Day 2. Note: Day 2 will be posted shortly.

For those who are not, directions are below for cutting yardage fabric (i.e. Background materials) and fat quarters.

Cutting 44/45 in Fabric (Quilt Along: Day 1 Cutting Fabric PDF):


Written Directions:

Step 1. Align The Fabric:

  • Cut the solid background fabric into 2.5in strips WOF. You will need 18 strips total. Note: WOF is shorthand for “Width of Fabric.” This will result in our strips being 2.5 inches by 44/45 inches long.
  • To properly cut fabric, fold fabric in half making sure there are no puckers or bumps along the folded line. Your savages may or may not line up properly, but that’s okay. Your fabric may already be folded in half if it was cut straight from the bolt and not previously laundered.Please see note about laundering fabric.
  • Align the folded edge to one of the straight lines on your rotary mat. The folded edge should be closest to your body.

Step 2. Even out the Raw Edge:

  • Using your ruler, create a straight line along the fabric and cut using your rotary cutter.

Step 3. Square Up Fabric:

  • Align the bottom folded edge to the one inch horizontal line on the ruler.
  • Align the raw edge to the 2.5 inch marker on your ruler. This is will create a square in the bottom left hand corner.
  • Verify that the entire raw edge of the fabric is aligned with the ruler before cutting.

Step 4. Rotary cut 2.5 inch strip:

  • Press tightly on the middle of the ruler to keep it from moving or slipping. Be sure the all fingers are out the way!
  • Using your other hand, place the rotary cutter as close a possible to ruler and cut. If you’ve never rotary cut before, take your time doing this until you get the hang of it.

Step 5. Verify Accurate Cuts:

  • After you’ve cut the first 2.5 inch strip, measure it to ensure that you are making accurate cuts.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz B permalink
    January 2, 2010 8:30 pm

    You have the most beautiful fingers! 🙂
    Looking forward to Day 2.

    • January 2, 2010 10:05 pm

      thank you so much!

      My hands are in more videos than my face 🙂

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