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Thread: Cutting trick?

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    Super Member dotcomdtcm's Avatar
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    Is there a simple way to cut those little squares? Or just a little at a time, carefully?

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    What kind of little squares?

    I fussy cut squares one at a time when I'm trying to "frame" part of the design.

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    How little is little squares?

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    I just cut mine a little at a time. I hope someone here has a better suggestion.

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    If you just want to cut a bunch of squares get a June Tailor Shape Cut Ruler.
    Fold fabric to fit under ruler, cut strips, rotate ruler & repeat.
    Great for watercolor quilts

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    When I have to make lots of blocks, little or not so little, I make strips first. Stack the strips & then finish cutting the blocks. For a 2" block you would cut 2" strips, stack three or four strips & cut the strips into 2" squares. That way you can cut 4 blocks at a time & it goes fast.

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    Scraps into 2"square or 1 1/2".

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    If they are small scraps, one at a time.

    Get a little cutting mat, a small template (Rhonda has been giving them away) and do them while you are sitting in front of the TV.

    It helps to iron/press them first.

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    I am glad you asked that question, I was wondering the same thing about little squares. What is the small template that is being given away.

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    The Shape Cut ruler rocks for this!

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    I lay out rows of strips cut to the correct width on my large cutting board then lay my 5 x 24" ruler over them and cut to size. With a really sharp rotary cutter, you can make your rows 4 deep. I usually only lay out 4 rows. I will be picking up a Shape Cut ruler the next time I go to Joanns, though.

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    This is Rhonda's offer for the free templates

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36008-1.htm

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    In front of a good movie!

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    June Taylor Shape Cut or the AccuQuilt Go! Shape Cut is cheaper and cut multiple sizes--you have to buy separate dies for different sizes for the GO so it can get kind of pricey but they both cut thousands of little squares in a short amount of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmer Girl
    The Shape Cut ruler rocks for this!
    Ditto on the Shape Cut Ruler.
    I also use Rhonda's 1 1/2 inch and 1 1/4 inch square for individual cuts and for squaring tiny blocks.

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    Oh please get a June Taylor Shape cut. 12" is easy to find but she has an 18" so get it if you can find it. You will bless the day you did. Trust me. It is the best investment I have made. I would just about give up my sewing machine before I would my June Taylor Shape Cut. I am not teasing and have no affiliation.

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    I cut my squares or triangles IMMEDIATLY after I finish cutting out my blocks,quilt shapes(squares, strips, ....) and add them to the appropriate shaped stack for later use.

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    Good discipline!I've been giving my scraps away!

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    I have the June Taylor Shape cutter, not used it as yet, but it seems a good tool to have. there is a video on it on youtube ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by roseOfsharon
    I have the June Taylor Shape cutter, not used it as yet, but it seems a good tool to have. there is a video on it on youtube ...
    I had mine for a while before I used it. First time I used it I loved it and now want the bigger one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roseOfsharon
    I have the June Taylor Shape cutter, not used it as yet, but it seems a good tool to have. there is a video on it on youtube ...
    Start using it! Great tool! They even have a bigger one now that cuts in 2 1/2 wide increments up to 20 inches wide!

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    Now I have 2 things on my list for my next JoAnn coupons.
    I need the larger Shape Cutter. Simplicity rulers have a hinged 2 1/2" bias ruler for binding. It's cool.

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    How does the shape cutter work for cutting/trimming itty-bitty pieces?

    Like when there is only enough fabric left over to cut/make one square? (Making squares of small scraps)

    Is it more practical/easier to use than a template?

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    Rhonda rock on getting you templates! She sent me some small ones too....lifesaver!

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    unless you have an acqququilt Go! ??? They have an die that cuts these sizes.

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