FYI: This post is part of my Quilt-A-Long / Learn to Quilt Series If you’re just jumping in here, I suggest you read the previous post.
Pre-Washing the Fabric
Some people pre-wash the fabric. Some people don’t. For now, I am going with the pre-wash method.
I think it’s really important to pre-wash my fabric before I do anything with it — especially cut it! That way, if it’s going to shrink or bleed, it does it before you try to size the squares or put them together, and not later in the middle of your project. Otherwise, you’re out of luck!
To make sure the colors of my fabrics didn’t bleed (especially since some of them were rather bright), I got some Shout color catchers and used one in the wash cycle.
Preparing My Fabric To Be Cut
After pre-washing, you’ve got to press the fabric, so that everything is flat and ready for cutting. (Note: Pressing is different from ironing. You want to apply pressure to flatten the creases.)
Cutting My Fabric
Cut your fabric with your rotary cutter, but BE CAREFUL and watch your fingers — it’s really sharp!
Diary of a Quilter has a great Cutting 101 tutorial that really helped me out (and might help you out too).
Erica Arndt also has a great YouTube tutorial on cutting fabric for a quilt.
And remember, make sure you’ve measured accurately before you cut, because as they say:
Measure twice, cut once!
Cutting the 4 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. Squares:
- Main fabric – 25 squares
- Baby pink fabric with stars – 12 squares
- Light grey fabric – 12 squares
Method: For these I will cut strips that are 4 1/2 inches wide, and then cut those down into 4 1/2 inch squares.
Cutting the Long White Horizontal Sashing Rows:
FYI: Please note that I decided not to use these after I started sewing my quilt top together. I will save them and use them another time.
- There are 8 of these rectangles
- Each one measures – 36 1/2 in. x 1 1/2 in.
Method: Cut strips that are 1 1/2 inches wide. Then cut each of those down again so that they are 36 1/2 inches long.
Cutting the Short White Vertical Sashing
These will go on either side of each square. FYI: Please note that I decided not to use these after I started sewing my quilt top together. I will save them and use them another time.
- Qty: 56 rectangles
- 1 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in.
- Cut strips that are 1 1/2 inches wide (After trimming the long sashing strips to 36 1/2 inches long, I had some leftover. So I used these up first before cutting new 1 1/2 inches wide strips.)
- Then cut each of those 1 1/2 inch wide pieces again into 4 1/2 inch short strips
- I repeated this process until I had 56 short strips
Cutting Strips for the Purple Border
IMPORTANT: I waited until I had sewn the quilt top together before cutting the purple strips for the border so that I was able to measure correctly.
I used National Quilter’s Circle technique shown in this YouTube video for how to measure, cut, and sew on your quilt border.
- Check the length of the uncut fabric. Is one side longer than 42 1/2 inches long?(Use that side as the long horizontal side)
- Cut 4 – 3 1/2 inch strips (that are at least each 42 1/2in long, hopefully more)
- Follow the National Quilter’s Circle video (linked above) to finish cutting and attaching the border
Cutting for the Binding
IMPORTANT: I waited until I had sewn the quilt top together and added the purple border before purchasing and cutting binding fabric. I did this to ensure I would have the right measurements and buy the correct amount of fabric.
McCall’s Quilting has a fantastic Youtube tutorial on how to do this.
Erica Arndt also has a great beginner’s tutorial for how to bind a quilt.
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