Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Tips ~ Avoiding the dreaded "V"

We missed the last 2 weeks, but here we are again today,with a tip to share. Today is another beginning quilter's tip.

Have you ever cut a strip from a folded piece of fabric, only to unfold & find you created, not one nice straight strip, but a "V"?

Here are your tips:

I know not everyone has a large cutting mat & long ruler, but I couldn't live without mine. If you do have to move your fabric to cut the entire strip, you will need to be careful to repeat steps.

  1. Lay out your folded piece of fabric on your mat. Line up the fold with one of the grid lines on your mat.
  2. Place your ruler so that it is squared up with your mat, thus it is square with the fold of your fabric.

  3. trim the cut edge of the fabric to be square with the fold

  4. measure the width of the cut you wish to make (2.5" for a jelly roll strip, for example) and carefully cut.

  5. voila!


Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Great tip! Thanks for sharing. It's the little details like this that make nicer quilts.

sewmeow said...

Good idea to keep doing these tips, as not everyone is an "expert".