Tag: Rotary Cutting

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This three-triangle unit was, I think, given its name by Doreen Speckmann because the centre triangle resembles a mountain peak and the two side triangles are the spikes anchoring it to the ground. It is not the easiest of units to cut or piece and the most precise way to get those points really sharp…

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This is another very useful unit which crops up in a number of blocks but can make some interesting designs just on its own. It can also be fun to add this unit into traditional blocks – substitute the HST units for this one, or 4-patch units and see what you end up with. There’s…

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I’ve just been cutting rather a lot of strips all the same size to make a mini Bargello and I thought it might be helpful if I showed you how I manage to remember to place the ruler in the right place each time. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve miscut because…

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Such excitement – a little parcel dropped through the letter box a few days ago. I couldn’t recall ordering anything so, like a child on Christmas Day, the envelope was soon removed. Out fell the Colonial Mat Smoother. This had been sent to UKQU from EQS, and thence to me, with a request to review…

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Back in March the sampler quilt / technique of the month students looked at Quarter-square triangles (or QST for short). We explored the different ways of making them and some of the blocks they are used in. You can find a free downloadable tutorial to make these units here. Have a look at You Tube…

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There is a ‘formula’ for virtually every shape we need to cut for patchwork. Hopefully the following will help you to work out how to rotary cut Flying Geese. Finished size – this is the size of the unit/piece once it is stitched into the block/quilt. Rounding up to the nearest ⅛ inch. If you…

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Having previously looked at sizes for squares and rectangles it is now the turn of triangles, in particular the Half-Square and Quarter-Square triangle units. There is a ‘formula’ for virtually every shape we need to cut for patchwork. Hopefully the following will help you to work out how to rotary cut your triangles. Finished size…

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Suppose you have seen a picture of a quilt – you’ve fallen in love with it, you want to make it, but there isn’t a pattern. Don’t despair – you can work it out yourself. It may not be the same size as the original but that doesn’t matter because it will be the size…
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I was going to write about making Half-Square Triangles and the blocks using them that we have been making in our classes this month, but I got side-tracked by some of my students and a few beginners in the Facebook Groups asking about cutting and how to work out what to cut and how big…

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Using a rotary cutter is a great way of accurately cutting fabric pieces of the shape and size required. It doesn’t take long to learn how to use it – a few tips and a little practice will soon have you cutting with confidence. I’ll start with how to use it for cutting the most…