I recently made quite a few strip sets for my Patchwork Garden quilt and was
able to save a lot of time using this method! First, use a good quality cutting mat, rotary cutter, and blade. The good people from OLFA recently sent me a 12" x 17" Folding Cutting Mat, a purple Splash 45 MM Rotary Cutter, and a brand new 45MM Endurance Rotary Blade which cuts two times as long as the standard OLFA rotary blades (while these products were provided to me at no cost, all opinions expressed in this post are my own)!
The folding cutting mat is wonderful; it folds up small enough to easily travel with you to classes or retreats, and yet the seam is virtually undetectable when folded flat.
I had heard about the new OLFA Endurance Blade (the tungsten steel blade with the ability to cut up to 1,500 yards of fabric before dulling") and have been really excited to give this blade a try. You can pick up one of these blades for $12.99 at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and fine quilt shops featuring OLFA products around the country.
The tip I'd like to share with you today is a method for accurately cutting strip sets more quickly than cutting them one at a time. First you'll want to sew your strip sets together. I'm demonstrating with strip sets using two different fabrics; I've pressed my seams open, but this technique also works if you've pressed your seams to one side.
Next, line up your strip sets, overlapping fabrics but making sure that seam allowances do not overlap. Your pieces will look like the strip sets in the photo below.
Next, using your acrylic ruler, trim off one edge to even things up, and then place the ruler where needed for the size pieces you are cutting.
Make, your cut: you have successfully cut all of the pieces from each strip set at the same time with accuracy.
This is a view from the back side of the layered strip sets: notice that there is no overlapping of seam allowances.
You can effectively use this technique with strip sets when making 9-patch blocks, 4-patch blocks, or for any other blocks or pieces that are cut using strip sets!
If you plan to attend AQS QuiltWeek®, one of the largest quilting events in the world, check out OLFA’s pop-up trail tent on April 27 -28, outside the National Quilt Museum. While testing the new 45MM Endurance Rotary Blade, QuiltWeek goers will be able to participate in a special project to benefit Quilts for Kids, a non-profit organization whose mission is transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts for children in need.
And...OLFA is giving one of my readers a 45MM Endurance Rotary Blade as well as a 45MM Splash Rotary cutter. Simply leave a comment on this post about your favorite project to make for spring decorating.
And there is one more giveaway you'll want to know about:
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NOTE: This post was sponsored by OLFA; however, all ideas and opinions expressed are my own.