When I was cutting the fabric this morning, it struck me that I automatically do this little trick I learned while watching one of Alex Anderson's "Simply Quilts" shows that used to be on HGTV. The guest, whose name I cannot recall, showed how she, in my own coined phrase, "cuts backwards". I have found that this results in a "more square" square or rectangle. Here is the tip!
For example, this morning I was cutting 3 7/8" squares from a WOF strip. Instead of cutting each 3 7/8" square individually, I cut a rectangle from the strip that was 3 7/8" X2, so 7 3/4". Note that the strip is a double layer of fabric.
You can do more than just double the measurement of your squares. For example, if I have a bunch of 3.5" squares, which I do have in this particular quilt, I will cut perhaps a 14" section out of my WOF strip, and then back the ruler up to the 10.5" mark; cut. Without moving the strip, back the ruler up again to the 7" mark; cut. Back the ruler up one last time, again with moving the strip, this time to the 3.5" mark; cut. Yield: 8 very square 3.5" squares! Tip inside a tip: place that line of each measurement as you are backing up your ruler, exactly on the cut edge. Otherwise you will find that you do not have 3.5" (or whatever your squares are) left to cut your last square.
Here are the components so far of this newest quilt:
I know...there's looking to be a lot of white (Kona Snow, love it) in this quilt; however, there are 3 more coloured "sections" of fabrics I have not yet cut. Exciting! Still, there will be a nice, make that fabulous amount of negative space for quilting!
I also made two more placemats which may grow up to become a bag of sorts, since pink does not really have a place in my dining ambiance, but I want to be able to experiment with triangles in Angela's Dot to Dot Quilting class. There was a LOT of math figuring in this: one placemat required 4 different sizes of 60 degree triangles! In case you're wondering: 2 sizes of full triangles, and 2 sizes of the half-triangles needed at the ends of each row.
|Reversed the colour placements in each. Kind of cool, the effect, no?|
Woo hoo, I'm doing a happy dance because of TWO more, three if you count the 2 placemat designs, of my own, original designs! I'm linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Pink Doxies, buttons on sidebar.