Selecting and Cutting Out the Fabric
The heatwave broke tonight, and the wonderful Delta breezes came blowing in. It got me out of my heat funk and I decided to start another quilt. Once again, I failed to time the first process, so when people ask me how long it takes to make a rag quilt, the answer will have to remain, a very long time!
While these are by no means technical instructions, here is my method:
I didn't have a cutting mat or a rotary cutter on my first quilt, they are not necessary, but wow it speeds up the process and makes nice neat edges. Buy the largest mat you can afford, they seem to shrink the minute you bring them home. The messed up, taped up template is the one that was given to me, the nice one is my neighbor's. These can be purchased at a fabric store.
But now, I put it aside and rest my hands. The next process can wait. I have a feeling this is going to be a really cute one!
Fiskars 95217097 45 mm Rotary Cutter
OLFA 9881 RM-SG 18" x 24" Self-Healing Double-Sided Rotary Mat
Olfa Deluxe Rotary Cutter (60mm)