Hey Everyone, welcome back to Technique Tuesday.
I am really excited to start using these little templates as they have so many possibilities and I am hoping that possibly I might just use up many of those scraps that I have even though scrappy quilts aren’t quite my thing. Controlled scrappy I am okay with but not true scrappy.
The templates also work with yardage which is what I am going to use today to demonstrate how to cut the pieces.
Cutting the Shapes
To begin I have cut a 6″ strip of each of these five fabrics.
Then I layered 4 of them on top of each other and cut off the selvage. I used the pink, orange, yellow and one feature fabric in each of the sets. I didn’t want both feature fabrics in each block.
Do you recognize some of the fabric – yes, I used it for my mug rug yesterday. I figured it was sitting on the table so I might as well use it up.
The templates lay out like this on the strip with another 8-9 inches still to go.
I actually cut the strips into 3 sections.
It is cut at 7 ¼″ and uses templates A & B. They are laid out like this.
Then what fabric is left is flipped over to create a mirror image of template B.
This section is cut at 5″ and uses templates C & D. They are laid out like this.
The last section is whatever is left in the strip which is about 8 inches or so. This section is also flipped over so that the mirror image of the templates can be cut. This section uses templates A, C & D.
Make sure to cut all the little blunt edges of each template as this will help with lining up the pieces when sewing them together.
I didn’t do any cutting with template E which is part of template A.
The cutting was very straight forward but definitely slow with having to position and cut each template – layering the strips definitely helps to speed up the cutting process. Also cutting the strip into sections made it more manageable and easier to handle for cutting the separate templates.
The Block Layout
These are the pieces laid out to create one block.
And here is the mirror image beside it.
From the strips of fabric above I was able to cut enough fabric for 16 blocks. I am not a hundred percent sure what I will be creating with these blocks but am pretty sure I’ll be cutting a few more pieces.
See you tomorrow when I start sewing everything together.