Today’s Step 1 of the pattern for Dozens of Daisies is all about the cutting. (Find Step 1 here.) Along with that I wanted to offer you a few tips to help you cut successfully.
• Press fabrics gently before cutting.
Take the time to press and you’ll reap the reward of greater accuracy.
• Treat yourself to a new blade in your rotary cutter. You’ll be glad you did!
• Use the same ruler or at least the same brand of rulers to cut the whole project.
• Avoid the dreaded V shape! If you’re having trouble cutting straight strips, remember to align the ruler marks with the folded edge of the fabric as shown below. The selvages are near the top of the photo. The fold is near the bottom.
• Cut the largest pieces first. Quiltmaker‘s cutting instructions begin with the largest pieces, so cut in the order given when using our patterns.
• Two rules: #1. Steady the ruler with proper hand position. Notice in the photo below that the little finger of the left hand is positioned to keep the ruler from slipping. You can even use two fingers for steadying if you wish.
#2. Always check that fingers are out of the way before slicing!
• Tracing and cutting for applique is a great job while waiting or watching TV.
Come back tomorrow for Part 2 of Dozens of Daisies, another great quilt from a fabric sponsor, introduction to another Back to School team sewer and another fabric giveaway!
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