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    Brand new quilter needing elementary advice!

    Hi everyone- I just started quilting recently. I used to sew with my mom when I was a kid, but only clothing. I have a quilt picked out as my first quilt that I'm going to make, and I already have all the fabric for it... But I'm already stuck. I know this seems like a very elementary question, but I just need some good tips. I need to cut out 112 pieces of my white fabric for the background, but I can't figure out the best way to cut my fabric! I mean, I can cut 112 pieces individually, but that sounds awful! I can't figure out the best way to fold my fabric to minimize cutting time. I just feel like every time I fold my fabric I'm going to cut it wrong!
    Any advice would be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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    Do you have a rotary cutter and mat? What pattern are you making ? that would make it easier to explain. I would not cut all the background pieces at once , just in case a mistake is made in figuring. I usually cut enough for a block or a row, and sew together ; to make sure everything is right. Good luck on your first project.

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    Yes, I do have a rotary cutter and a mat, and two different sized rulers. This is the pattern I'm making:http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1016
    It seems like it shouldn't be too bad for a beginner!
    Thank you for the advice! Cutting 112 pieces in a row seemed so overwhelming! Just cutting enough for one row seems like a much better Idea!

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    When I started quilting, I would only cut two folds of fabric at a time, however with a good rotary blade four is ok. Fold your fabric in half, line it up on the cutting mat, I cut a small strip off to even it out if needed, then cut 6.5 inches (if I read pattern right) turn fabric,then cut 3.5. If folded in half, each piece yields two, it's still 51 cuts to make. Or fold fabric into four then just go for it. I hope this helps.

    Also, welcome to quilting :-)

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    Thank you so much! I think I understand what you're getting at. Folding the fabric just makes me feel like I'm going to make a snowflake out of my fabric, ha! You're right, I really should just go for it. Much appreciated!
    Also, thanks for the welcome! :-)

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    hi Betsyjohnson-

    I'm betsey Karl! be brave and go cut! I also want to thank you for the link to the quilt--i have been looking for a rainbow baby quilt to make, and thanks to you, i found it!

    Betsey

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    Welcome Betsy!! That's a great looking pattern you selected. I would probably cut one color at a time (like all the yellow squares). Since you need 2 of the white rectangles per block, that would keep you from having to cut all those rectangles at once. Another way to do it is to cut a 6.5" strip like Trif said, and cut all the 3.5" strips you can from that one strip and make a set of blocks, then cut another strip and make another set of blocks.

    I do my cutting in a bit of an assembly line. For a color, I would cut all the 6.5" strips/blocks for one color block and then cut the the 3.5" size. The reason is I would place a piece of blue painters tape down the length of the ruler to mark the 6.5" (I have a ruler that is 8" wide) or 3.5" width (I indicate the edge of the tape to use as a guide with an arrow since I have been known to let my mind wander when cutting). That way you can see where to line up the cut edge easily (and nothing is as frustrating as cutting the wrong width and messing up a strip of fabric).

    Have fun -- can't wait to see how you do!
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    Welcome from Canton, GA. Love the pattern, can't wait to see your quilt - good luck!
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    What a lovely pattern! You can strip-piece these as QuiltnLady describes. It will be so much easier and far less boring for you.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    When I have a big project, I usually cut as I go. I cut a batch of blocks and start sewing. Then if everything is turning out ok, I move forward, often continuing the practice of cutting in batches.

    I would definitely recommend washing the fabric before starting. Especially with a white background, any color bleeding wouldn't be fun to discover after the quilt is finished.

    Enjoy!

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    I get bored with cutting 100 or more pieces so I cut a few strips and sew, then go back and cut a few more strips, then sew again. Other people cut everything at once and then sew. I would recommend washing everything first, as Dayle suggested. And, whatever you do..... enjoy the process. Welcome to the joy of quilting.

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    definitely prewash all fabrics to help prevent bleeds and get rid of leftover chemicals used during manufacturing processes......actually cutting 112 pieces all at once won't be that bad....since they are all the same size, you can fold your fabric lengthwise so you have the selvages together then fold once more so you have 4 layers (being very careful when folding to get a crisp fold, I use a ruler)....you can cut either the 6.5" or 3.5" and then cut the other dimension....it will go quite fast....cutting a 6.5" strip will yield approx. 10 3.5" pieces and if you lay 2 strips on top of each other you will reduce your cutting time by half!

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    I would aso suggest strip cutting and washing fabric. Good luck and post us a pic when finished would love to see your finished quilt. Have fun and welcome fom Southern CA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betsyjohnson View Post
    Yes, I do have a rotary cutter and a mat, and two different sized rulers. This is the pattern I'm making:http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1016
    It seems like it shouldn't be too bad for a beginner!
    Thank you for the advice! Cutting 112 pieces in a row seemed so overwhelming! Just cutting enough for one row seems like a much better Idea!

    What I saw was a variation of the disappearing nine patch. A nine patch is an ideal block to begin with and an ideal block to do with chain piecing. Each row of the 9 patch can be stitched from a strip then cut into the 3 squares across. Then each 9 patch can be cut to make what you'll be using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by betsyjohnson View Post
    Yes, I do have a rotary cutter and a mat, and two different sized rulers. This is the pattern I'm making:http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1016
    It seems like it shouldn't be too bad for a beginner!
    Thank you for the advice! Cutting 112 pieces in a row seemed so overwhelming! Just cutting enough for one row seems like a much better Idea!
    Since most here are not recommending strip piecing, I'm going to assume I saw the wrong quilt block. Can you tell me the name of the quilt itself?
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    Glad you are with us. Not an answer to your particular question but having been there many years ago I would like to say that if you get frustrated you can buy something precut so as to concentrate on your sewing rather than trying to make your first pieces fit together easily, or you might find someone with an accuquilt cutter to cut you some pieces. There are so many ways to do things and as you learn you will see them all. Enjoy yourself and don't hesitate to ask. These fine people here will share what they know with you willingly. They're great. Enjoy!

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    Welcome from NE Ohio.

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    Welcome from New Hampshire
    And, thanks for the link - makes a great summer quilt, easy to enlarge.

    I agree with those who said - cut one block and sew it up, to make sure it's working, before you cut alot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose View Post
    definitely prewash all fabrics to help prevent bleeds and get rid of leftover chemicals used during manufacturing processes......actually cutting 112 pieces all at once won't be that bad....since they are all the same size, you can fold your fabric lengthwise so you have the selvages together then fold once more so you have 4 layers (being very careful when folding to get a crisp fold, I use a ruler)....you can cut either the 6.5" or 3.5" and then cut the other dimension....it will go quite fast....cutting a 6.5" strip will yield approx. 10 3.5" pieces and if you lay 2 strips on top of each other you will reduce your cutting time by half!
    Teacher Judy Martin recommends cutting the strips lengthwise also. There is less stretch in the lengthwise grain and should make your piecing more accurate. I have recently started cutting this way. If fabric length is too long we subdivide it into a practical size for the length of blocks we are going to cut.
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    that's a lovely quilt and the instructions for keeping the blocks organized seems great. be sure to ask any questions you run into.... we're more than happy to help, no matter how elementary
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    Thank you everyone for all the amazing advice! I'm really seeing how everyone has a different style. I've got a lot of new ideas on how to start this! I know it's a big quilt for my first quilt- but I like a challenge! I think doing it block by block is an excellent idea! I also cut out a bunch of the smaller colored blocks, just to have them for later. I really appreciate everyone's feedback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    Since most here are not recommending strip piecing, I'm going to assume I saw the wrong quilt block. Can you tell me the name of the quilt itself?
    The name of the quilt is Kaleidescopic Kites

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZdgpQ49xGM

    There are some really good videos on youtube that show how to cut fabric and for beginners.
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    Love the pattern! Looks like it will be fairly quick and easy, even for a beginner. And any time you run into difficulties, all of us are just a question away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    Love the pattern! Looks like it will be fairly quick and easy, even for a beginner. And any time you run into difficulties, all of us are just a question away.
    And you can count on a variety of answers!

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