My Hexagon Crazy Quilt Blocks

My Hexagon Blocks

from Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class

This past spring and early summer I took Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilting Classes (ICQC), 103, 104 and 105.   Here is a quick description of the classes, straight from Kathy Shaw’s blog:

ICQC-103: Embroidery Motifs and Seams: This course expands basic embroidery to create various motifs for crazy quilt blocks. Patterns for a variety of hexagon blocks are provided, or students can use fabric “doodle cloths” to create their work. The embroidery is extensive in this class but not technically too difficult.”

“ICQC – 104 Motifs with Fabric and Threads: This course continues the embroidery work of the prior course and is technically more difficult. This class pushes the embroidery to include fabric by creating various slips, dimensional applique, and embellished applique pieces.”

“ICQC -105: Silk Ribbon Embroidery: is a new offering. It is totally about silk ribbon embroidery and a variety of different motifs to work up. The designs are printable directly to fabric; so, no tracing needed.” (you can find her at

In ICQC 103, I choose to do the hexagon blocks instead of fabric pages or doodle cloth, however I wasn’t able to finish all 24 Hexagon blocks while I was I taking the courses.  So, I am working to finish them.  I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to do the “quilt as you go” or join the block together after I finish embellishing the blocks.”

For my theme, I have chosen a “Magical Garden”, I’ve included flowers, animals and a few Cicely Mary Baker’s Flower Fairies.

Here are the first few blocks I’ve finished embellishing:

Block # 4 –  this block was done as an assignment for ICQC-104 After studying the materials given for this task, reviewing the information on design from the BCQC, as suggested, and looking at many examples of framed silkies on Pinterest and the internet, it just seemed natural to stay with the oval framing that was a part of the image.

After adding the lace to the left side of the block, I was afraid it appeared a bit heavy. But after adding the motifs and lace to the right side, I think the block came out a little more balanced.  I wanted to embellish the laces with small Fargo Roses.  I thought the pale blue ribbon, wouldn’t imbalance the block and the pink would help balance it.

Block # 10 -The Wisteria Vine was from ICQC – 103.

I’ve never done Raised Applique before and I really enjoyed making this little rabbit.  (From  ICQC-104)

 I left the right ear unstitched, the photo doesn’t show it very well.  For the tail, I used a yarn like thread called Sheeps Silk, by The Thread Gatherer and a stitch called Turkey Work.  After stitching the loops, I clipped and trimmed them, so it created a little pom-pom. I gave this bunny a garden to play in and a dressed him up with a blue silk ribbon around his neck.

Block # 11– Beaded Slip from ICQC- 104.  Here is my beaded fox face slip.  This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this task.  I truly enjoy learning new things.  Although this task was tedious, I did enjoy doing it.  I couldn’t find the right colors in the smaller beads.  After a consult with a bead shop employee (Shipwreck Beads, Olympia WA), I decided to use size 11/0 Delica beads. I learned The Delica Beads are a “true-cut” bead, meaning they are of a uniform size and was told “very suited for this kind of task”. For the eyes and mouth, I used 3 mm black beads.

I enlarged the pattern by 10% to accommodate the larger bead.  I was trying to avoid the “clunky” look.

This block also features a Ribbon Lady, from ICQC -105.  I pretty much followed Kathy’s directions for making the Ribbon Lady, with just a few subtle additions or alternations.  They are as follows:
Umbrella – I used two colors floss, medium pink and light pink. The medium pink accentuates the ribs of the umbrella.

Hat – I added three silk ribbon French Knots for flowers and two Detached Chain stitched for leaves.

 – I added Wrapped Back Stitches, worked in a silk thread, size 10, light pink, to the sleeve cuff and the bottom of the bodice.

I will keep you posted on my progress as I continue working on the remaining

crazy hexagon blocks.

Until next time,



Doing Something Different

Doing Something Different

Sometimes I need to take a little break from quilting and do something different.  This is what I did.  Recently, Craftsy had a “half off sale” on their classes and one of those was Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics with Myra Wood.  I learned several new techniques which I can add to my Crazy Quilt Blocks.


This is my version of the class project. It is a wrist cuff or bracelet. The majority of the beads came from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads . 

I have used a combination of glass, shell and semi precious stone beads.



Class Hand OutI plan give it as a gift, when it is finished.


On this second project, I have used Ammonite Fossil cabochons as the focal pieces.








This is my doodle design or plan for beading.




I chose the Ammonite pieces because I love fossils and find Paleontology fascinating. At one point in my college education I considered going into that field, but education and becoming an elementary teacher won out.                                                                                                                                    This is my work in progress. 

I am using a combination of glass, shell and semi precious stone beads on this project as well. I will frame this piece when finished as a kind of sampler.  There are a few deviations from the “doodle design”.  But that’s the way it goes sometimes.  

What do you do to take a break?

Have fun learning something new.

Until next time,


One Block Ten Ways

One Block Ten Ways


I wanted to share a few photos of gifts I’ve made over the last ten months.  Last September I took Kathy Shaw’s, Beginning Crazy Quilt Course, (BCQC). I put my finished block from that first class in a frame and displayed it in my Living room. (Block 1) When family and friends came to visit, it was admired. Several of them said they would like my framed block to be gifted to them.  They were only half kidding.

 Block 1

After looking at it, my son asked “That was a “beginner’s class”? I need to say here, I was a beginner at Crazy Quilting, not embroidery.  Embroidery has been my first love in regards to all types of needle works.

I have been doing embroidery since I was a young girl and have learned many techniques since my first lessons from my paternal grandmother.  She taught me the basics of what she called “plain embroidery”.

I decided to make my mom (Block 2) and mother-in-law (Block 3) each a framed crazy quilt block for Christmas 2016.









Block 2

 Block 3

Both moms love flowers, so I stitched flowers in their favorite colors.  On my mom’s block (#2)  I stitched, yellow roses, for her mother’s yellow rose bush.  I added charms that represent things each loves.

Block 4

I had enough time to make two more framed Crazy Quilt blocks so I decided to make one for my oldest daughter and for my daughter in law.

My oldest daughter loves dolphins and the ocean, so I made her block look like a scene from under the sea and added charms of fish, dolphins, and other sea critters. I stitched sea plants and a few gold fish. I also added a few buttons to look like buried treasure.



Block 5

My daughter in law loves the color red. She is of Japanese heritage and has decorated her home in that style. I found a cute little Kimono doll small enough to go on the block as a large charm.  When I found the pattern of the pagoda on Pinterest, I just knew it had to go on her block.


Working on such an intense color was a challenge. I used a white chalk pencil to mark the base seams and later the combination seams.

 Block 6

The next framed block was made for my son’s girlfriend. Her favorite colors are  hunter green and dark blue. She likes penguins. But these penguins live in a flower garden instead of an ice burg. Again I had the challenge of working with dark colors.



Block 7

My youngest daughter’s favorite colors are gray and teal.  Her favorite animals are fox and octopus. She, like myself, enjoys gardening,  so the little foxes have a flower garden to romp and play in.  However, the octopus needed a watery environment.   I created a tiny ocean scene in the bottom

right corner for the octopus to live in.

 Block 8

This block was made for my father in law’s wife.  Her favorite color is blue and she too, loves flowers.







The last two blocks were made for my granddaughters.  Even though they are young (10 and 12 years old) I’m hoping they will take care of these gifts I’ve made for each of them.


 Block 9

My youngest granddaughter’s framed block features an embroidered harp, as she has been taking lessons to learn how to play this beautiful instrument. She also loves My Little Pony’s Rainbow Brite.  In the bottom right corner is a little wolf charm, for her pet wolf.


Block 10

My oldest granddaughter’s block was made with gold and black fabrics.  When she told me her favorite color was black, I told her I needed  lighter color to go with the black and she chose gold.  Her favorite things are wolves and Asian  things. So, I used the pagoda pattern again and added a small Kimono doll.

This block also features a beaded wolf’s  head. I did a Google search to get images of wolves so I could get the correct shading for the bead work.  This granddaughter is also musical, she plays the flute, and bass clarinet.  To represent her love of music, I have added a treble clef and musical note charms in the top left corner. This block needs to be put in it’s frame.  I will have it ready for her birthday which is at the end of this month.

After making this block ten times, I am ready to move on.  I am working the twenty-four hexagon crazy quilt blocks which were started in Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course 103. I have three of those finished.  When I have all twenty-four finished, then I can draft and piece my own crazy quilt blocks.

Until next time,


Camp Hahobas, Tahuya Washington

The most incredible happen to me yesterday as I was getting ready to go into town.  I was on my way to unlock the gate and as I looked up from Pepper, right in front of me, about 10 feet away was a Black Tail Coastal Deer, a doe.  She was majestically walking down the driveway.  She simply looked over at me.  Pepper pulled at the leash and barked a low, soft “woof”.  But the doe, just continued to walk by us, as if she did it every day.  Once my brain kicked in, I thought, I should take a picture. But of course, by the time I got to the camera on my phone she was well down the driveway.  I laughed a soft chuckle at which the doe stopped and looked at me.  I said to her “It’s okay” and she continued on her way.  WOW!  I was amazed at her calm.  She didn’t bound way, she just kept walking.  Have you ever watched the way deer walk? It’s very stately and like I said it’s very majestic.

So how did I end up in such a place? For those of you who haven’t heard, here’s our story (I’ll try to keep it brief)

Last fall, an opportunity we couldn’t say no to, presented itself to Jerry and I.  Jerry has been in scouting for many years.  At the time, he was serving as Assistant Cub Scout Master. So, while looking for something on our Councils web page he discovered they were looking Caretakers for Camp Hahobas, one of the three Scout Camps the Council closed in 2016. These three camps are now for sale, but multi-million dollar sales take time.  We were hired in mid October and moved a month later.  We live in the Ranger’s House.   We are here to discourage vandalism, trespassing and squatters.  Camp Hahobas, is located on the Kitsap Peninsula, in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State.  We are surrounded by the Tahuya State Forest on three sides and the Hood Canal on the fourth.

Our first winter was a trial by fire for me as I am a city girl.  There was about 6-12 inches of snow on the ground from December 8 through the middle of February.  We were told that there would be only a dusting of snow.  HA! One of our neighbors told us there is so much snow because of a condition called “Lake Effect Snow”.  Apparently, the Hood Canal makes its own weather and results in a lot of moisture, i.e.  snow and rain.   The house we call home is an older one.  It has a furnace, but needs a fire in the fireplace to chase away chill the furnace can’t seem reach.  There is a lot of downed trees here but the wood has to be cut, split and stacked.  Jerry does the cutting and splitting, I help with the stacking.

Living remote as we are, has changed the way we shop. We don’t jump in the car every time its discovered something is needed.  We live thirty minutes away from the nearest town and it is a large waste of money to make a trip for one or two items. We make shopping trips about two or three times a month.  I try to group appointments so they are on the same day, usually one in the morning and another in the afternoon and do some of the shopping in between and after.  It makes for a very long day, but it saves gas money and wear and tear on the cars.

We have internet so we aren’t cut off from the world.  I don’t feel isolated. In truth, I love it here.  No city water, with all the chemicals, just spring fresh water.  There is no city noise. The sound of the wind in the trees is a comforting sound once you get used to it. The air is clean and fresh.  The night sky is not effected by city light and on clear nights, the stars and moon are so bright it takes your breath away.

I have been photographing the spring flowers and a few animals as I get the chance.  Enjoy the pictures.

Until next time,  Kathy                                                                                                                 



Learning How to Crazy Quilt

Learning how to Crazy Quilt and Embellish the Crazy Quilt Block

I’m taking Kathy Shaw’s Beginning Crazy Quilt Course. Class started September 17, 2016.  The lessons are broken down into individual tasks.  I am on the seventh task, which begins the Silk Ribbon instruction.  Tasks 1-6 covered piecing the block and embroidering the base embroidery stitches on each of the ten seams.

Here are my photos of my block as I have progressed through the tasks 1-7.

task-4-web-edit                                                                                           Tasks # 1 thru #4:  Piecing the block














Tasks # 5 thru # 6: Embroidering the Seams with a Template









bcqc-task-7-block-web-edit                                                                                                  Task #7 : Embroidering the Seams using a Shaped Template









I’m currently working on Task # 8: Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

Ms. Shaw offers beginning, intermediate and advanced classes in Crazy Quilting, including embroidery and embellishment. She offers regular quilting classes, as well.  All her classes are very well structured and best of all they are free of charge.  However, be prepared to do homework.  To take her classes you must register for the classes when they are offered.  This is the link to her web site if you are interested  in Kathy’s classes:  Click on the “Free On Line Classes”.  I plan to take the intermediate and advanced Crazy Quilt Courses.

Done is Better Than Perfect!

“Done is better Than Perfect”

A funny thing happened on the way to finishing a gift. I was making the “Welcome Home, Summer! Door Banner” by APQ Quilts and More, Summer 2014, “Welcome Home Door Banners”.  As I was sewing on the binding, I realized the mini check fabric I was using was not a dark navy and white,  but was in fact, black and white.

Black and White Mini Check Fabric

Black and White Mini Check Fabric

I had sewn about a third of the binding on to the banner when this realization hit me.  I stopped sewing and thought, “What am I doing to do? Should I stop and rip it out, find the navy and white check fabric and remake the binding?  I was up against a dead line; we had planned to leave to go to Eastern Washington as soon as Mr. B was off work.  I had only a couple of hours and I still needed to pack, too.  The next thought I had was, “Does this black and white mini check fabric, work as the binding for this project?

I flipped the banner over to look at the front and then I realized, the buttons I was planning to use for embellishment, were black. (watermelon seeds)

welcome home summ-watermelon-webedtI also could use a black and white polka dot button in the center of the daisy type flower.  That was two tie-ends for the black and white mini check fabric.

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I also planned to use black pearl cotton to embroider running stitches for the bumblebee’s flight trail.  The button for the bee was black and yellow.



Here were more tie-ends for the black in the mini check fabric, so I decided to keep the black and white binding and continued sewing it onto the banner.





After I finished sewing the binding to the front side of the banner, I folded the binding to the backside of the banner and pinned it in place to sew by hand. I realized the binding looked not just, okay but good, very good.

Welcome Home, Summer Door Banner

:Welcome Home, Summer Door Banner




I was pleased with the color combinations and with the project over all.  I hope the recipient of this door banner will love it and never know a different color binding was planned. (unless she read this blog).  The lesson I have learned (again) is summed up by the quote “Done is better Than Perfect”. Plus I was able to give this gift on time!


Note: The picture is not the banner I made and gave away, unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of it before giving it away.  This banner is one I made for myself.  It hangs in my sewing room.

Happy Sewing!

Until next time,


The Splendid Sampler

The Splendid Sampler


Quilt designers Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson have teamed together along with 83 other quilt design artists and have created “a year long 100 block ‘Epic Adventure’ of quilt making”. Is a mystery quilt that will feature a range of quilting techniques including; applique, embroidery, paper piecing, regular piecing, and English Paper piecing (EPP).  Each of the blocks are 6 inches finished, unfinished the blocks measure 6 ½ inches.  The project started February 14, 2016.  To participate you only need to sign up for the project.  There is no cost for the block patterns. The link below will take you to the Splendid Sampler’s web page.  You can read all about the project and sign up for it if you desire.

I will post my journey with the Splendid Sampler and my blocks. It seems an ambitious project, but so far, I’m having fun with it.  This is my first time participating in such a large group project.  I’ve been able to chat with quilters from all over the globe.  It’s been very exciting!  Click here to go the Splendid Sampler


Here are my February blocks:

Block One – February 14 – Hearts a Flutter by Pat Sloan                     spendid block 1-web edit


The heart is appliqued onto the four patch .  I used light weight fusible interfacing technique to turn under the raw edges.  the fusible interfacing holds the applique piece in place while being sewn onto the background fabric.

The fabrics I used to make this block are all civil war reproductions fabrics.  I have decided to make all my blocks using civil war reproduction fabrics.  I have collected a good variety of this type of fabric, as it’s one of my favorites.



Block Two- February 21- Wings by Jan Davidson

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This block is pieced and features a little embroidery for the butterflies antennae.  I also added Bullion Knots for the butterflies bodies.  36 little squares equals lots of seams.  I had to really work hard at making sure my  seams were true quarter- inch, so all my seam matched up. 







Block 3 – February 21  Lots of Love by Melissa Corry

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This is also a pieced block.  I enjoyed making these sweet hearts








Block 4 February 24 by Jen Kingwell

splendid block 3-web edit

I had fun with this block.  It featured round circle flowers.  I dressed them up with a bit of embroidery to add “petals” I used a variety of pearl cottons in sizes #3, #5, and ,#8.  The vase or pot also got a bit of decoration too.








Block 5 – Simple Simon by Celine Perkins

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This is a pieced block. Making it reminded me of making a Disappearing Nine Patch. This block started as a nine patch and then was cut into equal quarters.  As you can see it is sewn back together with sashing strips of blue.






Note: I haven’t forgotten about the Four Patch Quilt I promised.  I’m working on the tutorial for it and will have it ready soon.

Until next time, keep sewing!



Part 7: How to Sew the Perfect Quilt Block

Part 7 : Basic Quilting Guidelines: How to Sew the Perfect Quilt Block or How to Sew Seams with a 1/4th or a Scant 1/4th inch Seam Allowance

The secret to sewing the perfect block is all in the seam allowances. In quilting, the 1/4th inch seam allowance is used because it creates less bulk than the 5/8” seam, commonly used in the construction of clothing. There are a few exceptions to this rule; those include paper piecing, sewing on binding which sometimes uses a narrower or wider seam allowance and sewing Rag Quilts, which uses a ½” seam allowance. Each quilter strives to sew a consistent 1/4th inch seam allowance so that the patchwork aligns correctly.

Some patterns call for a scant 1/4th inch seam, this means sewing the seam allowance about a pencil line’s width narrower than a 1/4th inch. You may find sewing a scant 1/4th inch seam works the best for all your patchwork.

Some sewing machines come with a quarter inch foot,

img2196 quarter inch quilting foot-web

but if yours does not you can use the standard foot. However, you will need to figure out which vertical groove on the machine’s throat plate is equal to a 1/4th inch.

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You can mark the grove by laying down a strip of drafting tape.

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Alternatively, the fabric stores and quilt shops carry a few products for this purpose, which you can purchase.


Always keep the edges of the fabric together and even with either the quarter inch foot’s edge or the 1/4 inch vertical grove or edge of the tape.

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img 2210 fabric at edge of qt foot -mark_web

The most important thing is to test your seam allowance before you start your project. To do this:

Sew a seam

  1. Measure you seam allowance with a ruler. The seam should fall just inside the 1/4th” line of your ruler
  2. If necessary, make any needed adjustments
  3. Sew another seam, than measure again

All this may seem tedious at first, but the more you sew the more natural it will feel.

Sewing a consistent quarter inch seam will help with your accuracy in creating your quilt blocks. Accurately sewn quilt blocks fit together perfectly to create your quilt top.

Here I had to sew a project with a 3/8″ seam allowance.  I followed the step described above to get the correct seam allowance.  The pictures show the steps:

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I will show you what this project is in the near future, until then,

Happy Sewing!




Gold Dragonfly in the Garden

A Black Meadow Hawk Dragonfly on a spent Iris bloom

A Black Meadow Hawk Dragonfly on a spent Iris bloom

A Golden Dragonfly in My Garden

As I was looking through the photos I had taken of  my garden  I found I had photographed the namesake of my blog.  I realized this picture was taken at the time I was preparing to launch this blog.(June/July)


Although I don’t believe in omens, I do believe in blessings. I acknowledge I have received and continue to receive many blessings from my Father in Heaven.  It seems,  the visit of  this beautiful creature,  gave a blessing to begin this blog.  Some may disagree and call the event a     coincidence, maybe it was.  But I like to think it was a blessing.

I did a little research to find out what type of dragonfly, this golden creature is and found it is a Black Meadow Hawk Dragonfly.  It’s black marking will become more pronounced as it matures.


This beautiful creature inspired me to create a pattern for a piece of quilted art.  I will share it with you in the near future. I can tell you it is a combination of embroidery and pieced quilt blocks.

I hope you can look and find blessings in your life.

Until next time, Happy Quilting!



Part 5: Quilting Rules or Guidelines How to use the Rotary Cutter

Special Note:  With the exception of one photo, the hands in this post’s pictures belong to my husband (Jerry).  I knew which angles I wanted the pictures taken, but was having troubles explaining them to him. In the end it was easier to teach him how to hold the rotary cutter and cut fabric.  So I took the pictures and Jerry was my model.

How to use the Rotary Cutter

Body posture– Always stand while you are using the rotary cutter (unless you have a physical disability) you will have less neck and shoulder fatigue.

Always cut away from your body. You will have more control of the cutter when cutting away from your body because you can see where you are going. This also allows you to cut more accurately and stay in alignment with your ruler.

Cutting the fabric

The following directions are for right-handed cutting. (I will do my best to describe left-handed cutting in the parentheses)

  • Place fabric on the mat; lay it with the fold toward you as you are facing your cutting table. This goes for right and left-handed cutters. The edge of the fabric you are going to cut will be on the left side of the ruler. [Refer to the photo] The bulk of your fabric will be on the right of your ruler. (Left handed-cutters: The edge of the fabric you are going to cut will be to the right side of the ruler. The bulk of your fabric will be on the left of your ruler.)


  • Firmly place your non cutting hand on the ruler, in the middle of the ruler so your fingers are away from the cutting edge of the ruler. Place your thumb near the bottom of the ruler [refer to photo below] and your finger tips a comfortable distance up the ruler, don’t stretch your fingers out too far. [Refer to photo below, this is my hand ]


  • With the rotary cutter in your right-hand hold it so the handle is at a 45 degree angle to the table top. (Left Handed-cutters: Follow the directions above with your right hand on the ruler and directions for holding the rotary cutter in you left hand)


  • Place the rotary cutter against the ruler’s edge, a little before the fabric [see photo above], then cut away from your body, stopping when the blade is about even with the figure tips on your non cutting hand. Do not lift the cutter away from the fabric; just hold it in place while you reposition the non cutting hand on the ruler. (Left handed cutters, follow the same directions.)


  • To reposition your non-cutting hand, walk the hand up the ruler. Put the thumb in the new position followed by your figure tips, remember to place your fingertips a comfortable distance up the ruler. The cutting hand stays still until the non-cutting hand is in the new position.
  • Now you are ready to cut again. Continue to cut away from your body, stopping when the blade is about even with the figure tips on your left hand. Follow Step 3 and 4 to reposition your non-cutting hand and continue cutting until you come to the end the fabric.


This process may seem unnatural, but with practice the movements will become comfortable and smooth.

How to Square the Fabric

Before you can begin cutting strips for your project, you will need to square up the fabric to get a good clean edge so all the strips will be straight and uniform. *Note: I recommend you practice cutting on inexpensive muslin before you try cutting on your more expensive fabric.

  • Make sure the salvage edges are together. You may need to iron the fabric to remove puckers and wrinkles. I f you need to iron the fabric, you will need to allow it to rest and cool off before cutting. If you cut it immediately after ironing it, the fabric will shrink up a bit and the strips will not be the correct size. Remember the Laws of Physics: When heat is applied to something, it expanse and when it cools it shrinks.
  • Now that you have smooth wrinkle free fabric and the selvage edges are together, you are ready to square up the fabric. Besides your fabric, you will need your rotary cutter, a 6” x 24” long ruler, a 5 or 6” square ruler and a mat that measures at least 17” x 23” (These are the measurements of my Olfa Cutting Mat).
  • You will be cutting strips that are cross grain cuts. (Refer to photo)


  1. Lay the fabric on the mat; lay it with the fold toward you as you are facing your cutting table. This goes for right and left-cutters. For right-handed cutters the bulk of your fabric will lay to your left. (Left handed cutters, the bulk of your fabric will lay to your right.)
  2. Place the 5 or 6” square ruler on the fabric with the bottom edge aligned with the fold of the fabric (refer to the photo). Next place the 6” x 24” long ruler right up against the square ruler (refer to photo)
  3. Cut the uneven edges of fabric with you rotary cutter and discard the scrap. Now you have a nice even, straight edge and are ready to cut strips for your project.

IMG_1246-editedAvoiding the “V” When Cutting Strips

Your fabric strips will only stay straight as far as your ruler is wide, which usually is 6 inches. After that, sometimes the fabric strips beyond the 6 inches will develop a “V” when you open the folded fabric.  To avoid this “V” you will need to square up your fabric after every few strips. Yes, you will lose a bit of fabric, but it is better to lose a half of an inch or so then to have to recut strips because they have developed the dreaded “V”, which is a bigger loose.   There is a saying, “Penny wise but pound foolish” be “pound wise” and square up after every few strips.

Happy Cutting, Kathy

Next time: How to Read a Quilt Pattern