Saturday, August 1, 2015

Twinkle QAL: Cutting Your Fabric

Hopefully you were able to cobble together some scraps, or you made a mad dash to the quilt shop, and you are ready for some cutting!!  I love cutting, really I do...here we go...


Star Tips and Four-Patch Units (A and B)

Each block requires (8) 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles and (4) 2.5" x 2.5" squares.  These can come from a variety of fabric pieces...or your scrap collection!

You will need the following number of strips/squares/FQ for each size:
Baby:  9
Toddler:  12
Wall Hanging: 16
Lap Quilt:  20
Large Lap Quilt:  30

Jelly Roll Strips (2.5" x WOF)
With the strip folded in half, trim the selvedges off and cut (4) rectangles 2.5" x 3.5".  Then cut (3) 2.5" x 2.5" squares.  Because the strip is folded in half, you will actually get double the number of pieces that you cut.  Easy peasy!



Layer Cake Squares (10" x 10")
Cut four strips 2.5" wide, then subcut each strip into (2) 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles and (1) 2.5" x 2.5" square.  Since you have four strips, I'd stack them on top of each other to make subcutting faster.  Or you can turn the cutting mat, without disturbing the square, and make (3) 3.5" cuts and (1) 2.5" cut across all four strips...



Fat Quarters (18" x 21")
With the 18" side at the bottom (be sure you have this right prior to cutting), cut (2) vertical strips 2.5" x 21".  Stack the two strips on top of one another, trim the selvedges off and cut (4) rectangles 2.5" x 3.5".  Then cut (2) 2.5" x 2.5" squares.




Background of Four-Patch Units (C)

Each block will require (2) 4.5" x 4.5" squares, cut in half diagonally.  So for each size quilt you would need:
Baby:  18--(3) 4.5" x WOF strips
Toddler: 24--(3) 4.5" x WOF strips
Wall Hanging:  32--(4) 4.5" x WOF strips
Lap Quilt:  40--(5) 4.5" x WOF strips
Large Lap Quilt: 60--(8) 4.5" x WOF strips

You should be able to get (8) 4.5" x 4.5" squares from each strip. Cut the required number of strips for your quilt size and then subcut into 4.5" squares.  Cut your squares diagonally to make (2) half square triangles.


If your background fabric is non-directional, you can make the diagonal cut the same direction for all of them...like below....


But if your fabric is directional, like mine is, you will need to split your squares in half, right sides up, and cut half one direction, and the other half the other direction.  Then, when you attach these pieces to the four-patch units, the direction will all be running the same direction...If you are unsure about this right now, just don't make the diagonal cuts yet and wait until we get to that part later in the QAL.  Maybe it will make more sense at that time...


Because mine were directional, after I made the cuts, I sorted them into four stacks (one for each corner)....if they aren't directional, just make one pile because they are all the same ;-)

Background of Star Tips (D and E)

Each star will require (4) 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and (4) 2.5" x 2.5" squares.  You should be able to get (8) rectangles from a 2.5" WOF strip of fabric, and (16) squares from a 2.5" x WOF strip.  You will need to cut the following number of 2.5" x WOF strips for your quilt size:

Baby:  (8) strips, (5) for rectangles and (3) for squares
Toddler:  (9) strips, (6) for rectangles and (3) for squares
Wall Hanging:  (12) strips, (8) for rectangles, and (4) for squares
Lap Quilt:  (15) strips, (10) for rectangles, and (5) for squares
Large Lap Quilt:  (23) strips, (15) for rectangles and (8) for squares

Separate your strips into a pile for squares and a pile for rectangles.  With the strip still folded in half, subcut the squares strips into 2.5" x 2.5" squares and the rectangle strips in 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles.


Sashings and Borders (F)

Each block will require (2) 1.5" x 10.5" sashing pieces.  I found that I could efficiently get the pieces by cutting a 10.5" x WOF strip, rotating it sideways, then subcutting 1.5" x 10.5" pieces.  I could get (26) "F" pieces from each 10.5" strip.  If a quilt needed more than (26) pieces, I tried to determine if it was more efficient to cut another 10.5" strip, or just a few 1.5" strips and subcut into 1.5" x 10.5" strips.  Each quilt size will require the following:

Baby:  (1) 10.5" x WOF strip for "F" pieces, subcut into (18) 1.5" x 10.5" rectangles
            (4) 2.5" x WOF strips for the border

Toddler:   (1) 10.5" x WOF strip for "F" pieces, subcut into (24) 1.5" x 10.5" rectangles
                 (5) 2.5" x WOF strips for the border

Wall Hanging:   (1) 10.5" x WOF strip for "F" pieces, and (2) 1.5" x WOF strips,
                           subcut into (32) 1.5" x 10.5" rectangles
                           (5) 2.5" x WOF strips for the border

Lap Quilt:   (1) 10.5" x WOF strip for "F" pieces, and (5) 1.5" x WOF strips,
                     subcut into (40) 1.5" x 10.5" rectangles
                     (6) 2.5" x WOF strips for the border

Large Lap Quilt:  (2) 10.5" x WOF strip for "F" pieces, and (3) 1.5" x WOF strips,
                              subcut into (60) 1.5" x 10.5" rectangles
                              (7) 2.5" x WOF strips for the border


All quilts require at least one 10.5" x WOF strip, but yours might require a second (the large lap quilt) or extra 1.5" x WOF strips.  Just refer to the cutting directions above and cut what you need....

Subcutting your 10.5" strips looks like this...but only cut what you need!  I only needed (24) so I made twelve cuts...then you have a bigger scrap left for another project!


If your quilt required 1.5" x WOF strips, just subcut those strips into 1.5" x 10.5" rectangles.  You should be able to get (3) 1.5" x 10.5" rectangles from each 1.5" strip.

Cornerstones (G)

Wow, I thought I'd never get to the end....the cornerstones are 1.5" x 1.5" squares and you need one per block.  You can get all of your cornerstones from (1) strip 1.5" x WOF, unless you are making the Large Lap Quilt, then you will need (2) 1.5" x WOF strips.  Subcut into the number of squares indicted below...

Baby:  9
Toddler:  12
Wall Hanging:  16
Lap Quilt:  20
Large Lap Quilt:  30


Only make half the number of cuts as squares you need, because the strip is doubled over.  I needed 12 cornerstones, so I made six cuts.  ;-)

Whew...we got it all cut!!  Yeah....On August 5th we will assemble the four-patch units and the background behind them...get ready!!

Happy Cutting!

2 comments:

  1. oh gosh! this has snuck up on me! Running to get my fabrics picked out and cut...geesh!

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  2. like Lea I must sort myself out for this as if I do not have too many projects on the go allready!

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