Cutting from scraps can be a little bit messy. If you are like me, your scraps are wrinkled up and stuff into bins. There are loose threads. There are lots of pieces that will be too small for your project. It takes a little more time to cut your fabric from scraps than it will from a fat quarter bundle or a jelly roll.
Here are a few tips that should help you cut your pieces for your scrappy Luna Quilt:
- Identify the scraps that you want to use and press them. This might seem like an unnecessary step, but they will be so much easier to cut accurately if they aren't crumpled.
- Make sure your rotary blade is sharp!
- Make a list of how many pieces that you need. The "Single Block Cutting" instructions will tell you how many pieces you need for each block. In the "Quilt Block Construction" of the pattern, there is a table with how many blocks you need to make for each size. If you are making the lap size quilt, you will need to make 30 blocks. Write this down and keep it on your cutting table.
- As you cut your pieces, keep count of how many pieces you have cut. In my experience, you always feel like you have cut more pieces than you have actually cut so it's good to keep track and not just assume you have cut enough.
- Stack a few pieces of fabric at a time when cutting. I like to do 4-5 pieces at a time.
- A small ruler + a rotating cutting mat (the mat is not necessary but does make it easier).
- A slotted ruler.