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



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…


18 Responses to “Post #2 APQ Quilt Along…cutting and sorting”

  1. 1 Kathy
    December 3, 2013 at 8:24 am

    It is hard to write directions! I’ve done it. Especially when there are so many routes (or ways) to get to the same end spot. Your work is beautiful and appreciated!

  2. 2 Marian
    December 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Great words. Great ideas. Great instructions and photos. You’re the best!

  3. 3 Debbie G
    December 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Love your fabric choices. Great idea to be proactive to avoid being reactive when something is not right.

  4. 4 marlene
    December 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Lisa, As an instructor of computer programs with men as my main audience, I can’t agree with you more. I have been writing procedures for 20 years and learned early on to “attempt” to be totally ignorant of the subject matter before I wrote the instructions….then I would have my sample group go through and do exactly what I wrote and WOW – was I glad I did that. I also find its much easier to comply with concerns and comments if they are dished out with kindness and a bit of humbleness. Having said that – the only time I would ever make a suggestion for a correction is if I thought it would be helpful to others and NEVER if I could figure it out on my own because I would bet everyone using the pattern would be able to figure it out on their own too.

    Thanks for the great event this past weekend. I love your products. Have a great day and thanks for keeping us in the loop on this quilt. I have always been fearful of multiple cutting but I’m going to give it a go.

  5. December 3, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Lisa — thank you for plain-speaking!! We love you for that!! Of course, we all make mistakes, except for those who never make one. As shown by your many followers, and for the huge success of your shop/blog/patterns/wools, etc —- we like your style — Keeping it real !!.

  6. December 3, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Great pics and tips.I`ll follow your progres.Have a fun day!

  7. December 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Oh, I just love the colors in that block. Scrapped up, as you put it, will be even better.

  8. December 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Great block in a month full of red and green!! And – oh by the way – your patterns rarely have mistakes.

  9. 10 Nancy C
    December 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I love cutting this way, though I have to be very careful as my grip isn’t what it used to be and I’ve had the ruler slip on me before and it can cause complete havoc if your short on fabric. Ugh… I have to tell you to that the colors in this quilt are absolutely stunning together. It always amazes me how much depth black and other deep dark shades of rich colors can add to our projects. Hugs…

  10. December 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Is the 6 x 24 ruler your favorite? Love the color

  11. December 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Love your color choices!! Can’t wait to see it finished!!

  12. December 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Love your fabric choices!

  13. 15 Sharon Lozano
    December 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm

     Hi, I’m anxious to do this with you, but I must have missed where we purchase the pattern. And, that’s exactly how I cut also. Much easier. Please let me know where to get pattern…Thanks, Sharon Lozano

  14. 17 Betty
    December 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for all the tips. Seeing your block, and then how you plan to change fabrics really helped me plan mine.

  15. 18 kim boyle
    January 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Love the colors when will we get to see the finished top?

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