Post #2 APQ Quilt Along…cutting and sorting

Test cutting one block before MASS cutting...
Test cutting one block before MASS cutting…

I am going out today to find the magazine!!! Do you have yours?  Do you have your fabrics picked out???  This post is about cutting and sorting…I now there are tons of ways to make this quilt…even if this is not how you are making yours you might find a few things helpful…

Remember…I am posting as to the way I do things…it is not the only way…but I am more than willing to share “how I quilt with you”…

Before I start “mass cutting” I always cut one block to make sure the directions are right…this comes from designing, but… just a little note…we (pattern designers) do not graduate from Pattern writing school, anyone can write a pattern, we are human and we will sometimes make a mistake or there is a typo in the directions.  If you find a mistake in our patterns WE WANT TO KNOW, but please be careful in your presentation of letting us know…we already feel bad, but we don’t need anyone belittling us.  If handled properly we will go out of our way to make it up to you…remember…treat people as you would want to be treated…and by the way…have you ever written directions?  Try it…

PS- If you think something may be wrong…always check the designers website or blog for corrections to their patterns before emailing them directly…sometimes it is hard to remove any pattern from the “world” and replace them with corrected ones…

BACK TO OUR BLOCKS…I have layed out a whole block out here…everything to me looks good…but you will not entirely know until you stitch it…but I have decided to scrap up the tans and butterscotches and keep the black backgrounds the same in each blocks…therefore I will not be stitching this together.  But I redid all the math and I came up with the same measurement as the directions…And you know APQ has tested their directions.

Now to MASS cut…I do not cut a strip…pick up my ruler move my cut fabric…lay down my ruler and continue this process.

I cut in the following manner. (If you do not CUT accurate you cannot STITCH accurate…even if you have the best scant 1/4in the world-next post) I believe this is a better way to cut…I am going to layer 4-6 fabrics and cut them all at one time.  This is because I am confident I will not screw up…and I plan my cutting.  Normally I would cut the bigger pieces first.  But this fabric only has 21 -1 1/2″ and 4- 2 1/2″ cuts so it will not matter…I am cutting the 1 1/2 to show you my process in cutting…Follow the pictures below and then if this is not the way you cut…practice it…it is fast and easier I think…but you have to re-train your brain if you cut the other way… Please let me know if this has been helpful…or is this too much detail…After this post you will be ready for stitching! …my best…LB

Layer fabrics and trim off the left edge.
Layer fabrics and trim off the left edge.
and the bottom edge.
and the bottom edge.

I will be cutting 1 1/2" squares here...I cut a 6" cut...
I will be cutting 1 1/2″ squares here…I cut a 6″ cut…
Now I will move my ruler to 4 1/2" and cut...
Now I will move my ruler to 4 1/2″ and cut…
then to 3" and cut...never bothering the previous cuts...
then to 3″ and cut…never bothering the previous cuts…
then to 1 1/2"...
then to 1 1/2″…
now I will place my ruler at the  7 1/2 measurement ...cutting from the bottom edge
now I will place my ruler at the 7 1/2 measurement …cutting from the bottom edge.  The fabric to the right is waste…not enough for another 1 1/2″ cut…
move to 6 and cut...
move to 6 and cut…
move to 4 1/2...
move to 4 1/2…
move to 3 and cut...
move to 3 and cut…
move to 1 1/2...and cut..
move to 1 1/2…and cut.. I now have 20 of the 21- 1 1/2″ squares..I will cut the last one with the 2 1/2″ squares.
After everything is cut...I sort into blocks.  20 blocks...my backgrounds are the same for each block...so I will spread them out into piles of all of each cut of the same background together...
After everything is cut…I sort into blocks. 20 blocks…my backgrounds are the same for each block…so I will spread them out into piles of all of each cut of the same background together…
Make 20 piles and start sorting out how many pieces you will need for each block....while mixing up the prints
Make 20 piles and start sorting out how many pieces you will need for each block….while mixing up the prints
creams...
creams…
Now sort everything together into 20 blocks
Now sort everything together into 20 blocks
Package each block into a ziplock bag
Package each block into a ziplock bag
place all your bags into a container...now we are ready to stitch...
place all your bags into a container…now we are ready to stitch…