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reposting..Post #2 cutting and sorting…somehow in the middle of my post it published…it was not finished…a lot more info for you…sorry to bother

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 know 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…

38 Responses to “reposting..Post #2 cutting and sorting…somehow in the middle of my post it published…it was not finished…a lot more info for you…sorry to bother”


  1. 1 Nancy
    December 3, 2013 at 9:30 am

    This is how you get so much done! Organization is the key. Thanks for the visual!

  2. 2 Carol Schallock
    December 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

    thanks – this is a wonderful way of teaching

    could you do the same with wool project – I know this all takes time

    Carol Schallock

  3. 3 Nancy
    December 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Wow! After all these years I knew there had to be a more efficient way. . . Awesome! I would love to take just one class with you. . . Thanks for all you show us.

  4. 4 Carolyn Vogel
    December 3, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Good ideas and helpful visuals. I used to cut like that but found that sometimes the last cut resulted in a slightly smaller piece.
    So guess important to be sure you have your measuring line the same place (in the center) each time. And to be able to move around the piece you are cutting rather than having to move the pieces in order to do the second cuts. I can walk around three sides of my cutting table so an easy do for me.

  5. 5 Sue kraft
    December 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

    This is a great tutorial. This is the way (with just a few changes) I cut larger projects. It is particularly good for this quilt along. I’ve always been a fan of individual blocks in baggies. So, no matter how much I think I know, I always learn something new! These tutorials are always welcome! Thank you.

  6. 6 Melodee Cartin
    December 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I love seeing organization tips with quilting, it’s what keeps me calm while sewing. Using the grid on my cutting mat is something I am trying to do more.

  7. 8 Joanne
    December 3, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Awesome visual! Great cutting and organization tips too!

  8. 9 Kalynn
    December 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Love your color choices.

  9. 10 Jackie Rucks
    December 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for showing us how you cut, great and fast. I love your colors. This may be a stupid question, what magazine are you taking about, did I miss something? Will this be a block of the BOM or a kit? Thanks Jackie

  10. 12 mbdquilter
    December 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Interesting – that you sew together by the BLOCK and not by sections. I love that idea! And that pink/orange shirt is AWESOME! Thanks for the cutting tips!

  11. 13 Lynn in Madison
    December 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Lisa! I appreciate you showing this cutting technique. I’ve been cutting 1 1/2 strips for a project like this and then subcutting. Your method cuts the slicing down considerably. Also Ii think you have more control over the fabric by keeping it in a bigger square vs long skinny strips. Thanks so much!

  12. 14 carole
    December 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Lisa: Thanks for posting this. I took your class at Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild where you did a demo for this cutting method. I couldn’t remember exactly how you did it. Now I know! I’ve saved it. Thanks so much for making my cutting life easier. Carole T.

  13. 15 Mary Ann Owens
    December 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your cutting method. Thank you for sharing!!!

    Mary Ann Owens

    McKinney, TX

  14. December 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    You don´t bother.It`s awesome!

  15. 17 Julie Green
    December 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    It’s never a “bother” especially when your giving instruction !!!

  16. 18 Mary C.
    December 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I’m beginning to understand how you get so much done! I love the idea of putting the pieces for each block in a baggie…..before you start sewing you know you’ve got the cutting done right. Thanks for sharing your method.

  17. 19 marie
    December 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks, question–if you don’t use the grid lines on the mat——how do you know that your ruler is perfectly straight?

    • December 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      hi..marie…
      look at the second picture…I have cut the left side…then I line up a line of my ruler on this cut…then I proceed to cut the bottom off…making the fabric perfectly straight. Try this…turn your mat over and cut without the lines…yes i use the lines on my mat as a guide when I am positioning my fabric on the mat…but never use the lines on the mat for measurement.

  18. 21 Mary
    December 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Love this. I’ve always moved my ruler over the already cut stuff so this makes so much sense. You can do tutorials anytime. You get so much done, knew there had to be secrets to your methods! I think this will be an after Christmas project. I think it is one of the most fun things the magazine has proposed.

  19. 22 Susan G.
    December 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for the helpful instructions. You never cease to amaze. I love the colour choices and can’t wait to see the finished quilt. Thanks for sharing the process of making your quilt. Now, can you give us a tutorial for using thangles. I ordered your Summer Love little quilt and want to do it right. It looks like the thangles use a 1/8″ seam .Do you sew the pieces together with a 1/8″ seam too or 1/4″?

  20. December 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the 2nd issue of the blog post. LOVE all the detail. I joined your 2 BOWs this last summer and thoroughly enjoyed them both. The cutting directions sheet you gave for the pieced one made it very easy to cut all the blocks- and now I see you must do that plan every time!

  21. 26 DAVHOLDER@aol.com
    December 4, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Thank you for the detailed cutting with PICTURES!!! Pictures with the words make these instructions so much easier. Marilyn

  22. 27 Cindy
    December 4, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Thanks Lisa. Measure from the left & then cut. Very good directions & photos to help. 🙂

  23. December 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Love it! I started cutting this way a while back and really like it! Thanks for writing about mistakes in patterns.. I try to not take it personally when people find mistakes but sometimes it is hard. I’m re-doing my website so it will have all the corrections! Thanks for your help! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!

  24. 29 Karen
    December 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! Thank you for taking the time to share your methods! Not too wordy at all…just lots of great information and great detail! Would love to see more…especially how you work with wool. Thanks again!

  25. 30 DaisyS
    December 5, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Thank You! I just love when you share your knowledge with us. We are so lucky. (I still refer to some of your Christmas posts from last year!). I too have always moved my ruler over the already cut fabric, so I will definitely be trying this. I was told a long time ago to never rotary cut with more than two or three layers, but I can see with your method that several layers are possible! Thank You again!

  26. December 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for showing me how to cut these. I have done done it your way before. It would save me a lot of time and I would have less waste.

  27. 32 Robyn Brown
    December 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I love the colors you chose. I don’t suppose you will be offering kits of this?

  28. 34 Corinne
    December 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you for this great idea, I subscribe to the magazine and have it. Going to make my quilt scrappy. By the love your products and patterns. Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas.

  29. 35 Vickie
    January 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I love using ziplock bags for quilting and all kinds of organizing.

  30. 36 Mary Grady
    January 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This is a beautiful block and your instructions are very clear (always a plus.) However, why do you cut each individual piece and then collate them to the individual block. Why not strip piece? Wouldn’t that be easier for a block that contains such beautiful basic components like the 9-patch, 4-patch and variations?

    • February 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Mary…you cannot strip piece on a scrappy block…LB

      • 38 Mary Grady
        February 16, 2014 at 8:26 am

        That’s understandable, but if the fabrics in that photo are your idea of “scrappy”, you need to look closer into the definition. All the fabrics from each “color” are the same fabrics. It COULD be strip pieced and not pointing that out to your readers does them a disservice.


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