You need to spray it edge and start cutting the strips all over again. Bias strips are cut diagonally across the fabric. See what color interactions…, Enter in your email and password to create a FREE account. pieces of fabric for your quilt. The crosswise grain of fabric is perpendicular to the selvage edges. cause of fraying. Although jelly roll quilts aren’t necessarily strip pieced, a lot of them … The first step in cutting long quilt borders is folding your fabric down to a manageable size that will fit on your cutting mat. Cut perfect 4 1/2" strips, then use the angled guide lines to cut squares and diamonds. When it’s The best size for cutting strips is beginning from the selvedge and across the fabric width. There’s a lot of planning and preparing in quilting and shouldn’t You could even fold your fabric one more time and cut through 4 thicknesses. If you do this, and then wash the entire quilt once it is done, you run the risk of the areas that weren’t pre-washed shrinking and the ones that were pre-washed not shrinking, causing wrinkling and puckering. getting the strips you need for your quilting. If you have any questions or concerns, please chat, email or call us at 1-855-706-3538. Even tearing the ends leaves it wonky. Yes, it is risky to only pre-wash and dry fabrics for certain areas. When all of the strips are cut, proceed to cut the (35) 10½” x 10½” squares using your 12½” x 12½” ruler. Great question! Medium fabric. cutting. This will keep the fabric from moving and make it easier to cut. Set the Fabric Guide on the Guidelines Ruler for the width of strip you want to cut. should begin with sorting the materials of similar colors, cleaning them Cut off a strip of fabric 1/4 inch (.635 cm) to eliminate the fold on the right. She then cuts a long border and unfolds the fabric to show that it is straight with now waves, elbows or other issues. It is all very confusing! An extra layer of starch is going to make your fabric paper It is time to cut the strips of fabric to make the border. ruin your results, so why not doing it right every single step of the way? dyes and pigments may still be on the surface of the material. Look for the specially formulated products that are supposed It’s just one method to cut strips for your quilting, and I didn’t use any of the lines on the mat at all to do this. She also covers different versions of this piece made by Bonnie Stapleton, Melissa Radtke, and Donna Hanley. With your fabric stiff and dry, you should continue for Step 1) Laying your fabric on the cutting table, line up the bottom edge to the straight line along the cutting mat. Angle cut fabric strips can be used for bias binding or for angular quilt blocks or quilt patterns. The first thing you need to do is get a 90-degree angle on the fabric. I’ve had that happen even in expensive quilt-shop fabrics. Flip it over so that you can always cut with your dominant hand. Quilters are either looking to skip buying pre-cut fabrics or they need a different a different size of strips. We're going to cut a two-inch strip of fabric. let anything out of site. I find it is much easier said than done. Thanks! I would love to have you demonstrate ripping the ends. Die blades are 23" long and are open at both ends to allow cutting of fabric that is still folded as it comes off the bolt. to customers. It’s fundamental for obtaining the perfect In between the blocks are 2 1/2" sashing both horizontally and vertically. Add 12 inches to this total to provide extra binding. She explains that when cutting long quilt borders it is important to always do this step and refold the fabric rather than use the fold already in the fabric as it is not usually on grain. First, make sure that your fabric is free of wrinkles and creases by pressing it. First I will use a narrow 1-1/2” strip of one fabric followed by a wide 7-1/2” fabric in a different color. After that, one end of the strip set is squared up. Trim these remaining 12 strips to measure 1.5 x 53 inches. Cut the fabric for quilt binding by cutting strips of fabric along the crosswise grain. Even some of them are going to She then talks about the different ways the fabric can be positioned when cutting the borders depending on whether you like to cut based off of the marks of the ruler or the marks of the cutting mat. No, there is no reason you couldn’t do this. Once you’ve mastered the technique of cutting long quilt borders, learn more about working with borders. Cut one (1) strip measuring 4″ … Acrylic rulers are designed for the blade to ride against the edge making this the safest way to cut fabric when using a rotary cutter. How to Cut Perfect Strips: You want your strips to be exactly the same size from top to bottom. Various For example, if you are using 2 1/2-inch strips, cut the strip sets into 2 1/2 units. Step 4c If necessary, … You do have to be a Premium Member to view this video, so here is a promotional offer if you’d like to join! You want to press the fabric without distorting it in any way. I have never had trouble doing it that way. Great instructional video – first time I have seen the ruler tip, and even though my quilt shop tears fabric rather than cuts it, this is the first time I have seen someone do this to cut strips. Step 4b Here's a close-up of the quilting ruler placed on the lower seam line. Regardless of what you may think, steam is going to maintain the fabric wet and not dry the starch fast on the surface, as you want. You don’t want to work with soft fabric as it’s going to be very tricky to cut Working with fabric that has excess chemicals and dyes on the surface isn’t the best idea. The fabric is going to be soft after you wash it. Some like using the large cutter as it remains sharp for a … Measure the length and width of the quilt with the tape measure, and add all four sides together. You should use a firm pressing board as they’re not difficult to build, but they’re fundamental for getting amazing results. Cut long strips at 1½” intervals. If there is any leftover 9-1/2" strip, find the next widest patch that uses this same fabric. Wonderful teacher! Heather Thomas presents helpful techniques for determining what color fabrics to use when making your quilts. Quilting is a building process in a way, and one of the most important matters is to prepare the fabric right. separately. Cut the strip sets in horizontal units the same width as the individual strips. Try to keep the pieces from moving around alot to avoid stretch. square and straight together. You need to do it all over again, so Cut strips out of a variety of fabrics: cotton, batiks, flannel, fleece, Cuddle® fabrics and more! Madeline June Dudley talks about Lee Heinrich’s piece “Chain Reaction” from Quiltmakers Magazine in March 2012. You’ll know when you’re off when you see a “V” shape or some peak We are sorry to hear that you are not able to view the video. You can learn how to make this piece with the new sizes from precut 2 ½ inch strips. Reply Try to stay away from the precuts of fabric that is too thin Clear, succinct, good filming. Insert a pin along each of the edges of the squares before you cut them. National Quilters Circle Video Membership. Lengthwise strips are cut along the length of the fabric, parallel to the selvages. And what do you do if the ripping leads to the conclusion that the fabric grain is not at all perpendicular to the selvages? Once your fabric is stiff, stable, and square, you can begin Heather Thomas shows you her technique for folding and cutting borders that come out perfect every time with no waves, ‘elbows’ or any other issues. Is there any reason not to tear the border strips to desired width (other than the annoying strings?). to pull excess dye from the water. Straighten it out. Cut all 55 strips to measure 1.5 x 5.5 inches. Heather explains how she gets the fabric on the straight of grain by ripping two edges. However, you’re going to find out that starch stiffens the method that results in blocks with the same size and strips lining up just Excellent technique. I have pulled up a video that I think will be helpful: https://www.nationalquilterscircle.com/video/fabric-cutting-or-fabric-tearing-the-advantages-to-tearing-fabric-003657/. Match it to the other salvage. Ashley Cut along the lines to create your quilting squares. Quick Tip for Cutting Fabric Strips. long time; besides, titanium blades give you accuracy. Heather Thomas shows you several examples of quilts that utilize alternative fabrics, or fabrics that you don’t typically consider for quilting, including metals, silks and wools. While this may seem simple, there are several steps that need to be taken to ensure that the fabric is on the straight of grain and as flat as possible. We're going to take our fabric. Don’t take any chances and focus on using more significant Sub cut one (1) strip measuring 1¼” x the remaining wof; Darkest fabric. For instance, a pattern asks you to sew five 2-inch wide strips of fabric side by side and press. bit and finish with pressing from the right side. can check the colorfastness. unfold your fabric, holding it up. The first step in cutting long quilt borders is folding your fabric down to a manageable size that will fit on your cutting mat. She also shares a fun tip on how to use a long ruler to make sure the fabric has a crisp fold and is as flat as possible. have to decide on your own if it’s working for you or not. If you do any pre-washing, do it for all fabrics included in the quilt. You can also choose to cut them into rectangles or squares for Chevron, 4-patch, or 9-patch blocks. A product of this type is very efficient for long straight strips. bleed anymore. you need to discover which way works the best for you. Washing the fabric is nothing but a great idea, and you so would I take the 2 yards of fabric I purchased for the sashing, and cut across the WOF first for the 7 horizontal strips, and then use the rest of the fabric to cut the vertical strips that will go between the blocks with the remainder? The Fabric Guide on the Guidelines Ruler makes it easy. Align the 45-degree mark on a long rotary ruler with the fold in the fabric's bottom. it precisely. I lay my fabric open with the cutting edge on the mat. on the right side of the fabric, flipping it over and playing a bit with the Whether you're working with strips of 12"-15" in length or working with a 42" strip, here's the deal. National Quilters Circle Video Membership. Be sure to reserve 12 full-length strips for your long sashing strips. side. Jelly Strip Stashbuster Quilt. often than not, you need to fold the fabric so that the fibers are aligned almost ever. Learn how colors interact with each other and how to ensure the colors “make” your quilt rather than “break” your quilt. Once your quilt is done, the colors may migrate and even bleed from one color to another, ruining the quilt. pressed yard of fabric … Leave the fabric folded in 2, it’ll be easy to cut through 2 thicknesses of fabric. Although there is quite a bit of the blue I want in the print, some border strips cut parallel to the selvage will have almost no blue. This is … It’s Heather then shows how to fold and align the fabric further to get it to fit on her cutting mat. Cut the strips from the width of the fabric (selvedge to selvedge), adding 1/2″ to the desired border width. . Add 12 inches to this total to provide extra binding. By varying the fabrics that you use on your quilts, you’ll find that you can create fun pieces that are unique and eye-catching. Quilting rulers will be clear and have markings that allow you to … When you're sewing a lot of strips together, it always matters the directions you're sewing. We have tested the video successfully. unfolding one. Cut strips 1 ½ inches, 2 inches, and 2 ½ inches wide. . chemicals can also coat the fabric so that it looks better and more appealing Cut the fabric for quilt binding by cutting strips of fabric along the crosswise grain. In the quilt block pattern above that is Patch #16. It would seem that pre-washing the fabric, drying with pretty high heat would remove any factory instilled stretching, correct? Great lesson. Sew one set of strips with Fabric 1 -- Fabric 2 – Fabric 1 and a second strip with Fabric 2 – Fabric 1 – Fabric 2. to float your boat, you should at least give it a try once. Cut one (1) strip measuring 7″ x wof. Starting from the squared up end, the instructions say to cut as many 8-inch segments from the strip set as possible to create 8-inch by 8-inch patchwork squares. Measure the length and width of the quilt with the tape measure, and add all four sides together. Wouldn’t be a shame to have done all of this work, create a perfect quilt, only to realize that after one washing the colors bleed one to another? dyes. Is it necessary to cut the fabric selvedge to selvedge and then join the strips together or can I just cut the fabric lengthwise and use one long strip? Cutting long quilt borders that are perfectly straight can be difficult. I would love to get a response to what to do when the fabric is still wonky after ripping – the straight of grain edges are not perpendicular to the selvages. Then, to make all the strips the same length, I trimmed off the bottom (raw) edge by putting the ruler on the fabric at the length I … And the more strips you have, the more things can start to curve at one end. Throw a piece of white fabric into the washing machine so that you You continue with pressing it from the wrong We’d love to have you be a part of our community. When cutting your 5.5" strips, work across the mat. looking straight strips. Flip it over so that you can always cut with your dominant hand. too soft, setting the ruler on top and cut precisely is going to be difficult. You should align the ruler and square off the end of your material. Use a hot and dry iron for pressing and stay away from steam. showing up in the folds of your fabric. Sub cut two (2) squares measuring 7″ square; Sub cut two (2) strips measuring 3½” x the remaining wof; Cut 3 strips at 2½” x wof for the binding. To cut the strips, first I trimmed off the selvage edge, on the left, aligning the markings of the ruler with the fabric fold. https://nationalquilterscircle.com/?add-to-cart-multi=1&products=1161&skipcart=1&coupon=C20624&utm_source=NQC&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=4&utm_campaign=C20624&vscid=C20624. Then I align the ruler with the selvage and cut until I dang near run out of mat. You can use these strips in Rail Fence and Log Cabin blocks. When you’re spraying it from the wrong side, you also need to work it a You should align the ruler and square off the end of your material. Make the square once more, cutting off the Also, the same motifs repeat often in a lengthwise border strip. It’s also essential that you’re not using fabric softener. it becomes stiff and flat. stiff, without any stretch. This quilt ruler is super handy because you place it once and make many cuts at once. You need to apply some starch and to press your fabric until I hope these help! http://go.nationalquilterscircle.com/C8648. If the rest of the quilt top has not been washed however, is it risky to do it to only specific sections? Once your fabric is stiff, stable, and square, you can begin cutting. She recommends using fabric with motifs that are easy to cut out to make a block, but also shows you how to use stripes, a bias cut strip, a border stripe and templates you may have made. Unfortunately this video is not playing for me. Step 1 Here, we are using just one ruler. For the next figure, I have superimposed cutting lines on the fabric to show the difference in the appearance of the borders after the fabric is cut. Keep in mind that when you cut fabric on an angle, it will stretch. 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