The Carly Quiltalong Week 2 - Cutting Your Fabric
Are you guys ready to get started? While I don't love cutting fabric, I always get excited when it's time to actually get to work. I'm going to answer some questions that you might have about cutting your fabric for the Carly Quilt pattern and I have a video of me cutting fabric to show you what I do.
Do I have to cut everything at once?
I am definitely not here to tell you what to do, but that is how I approach every quilt project. Cutting fabric can be messy (understatement!) and I like to cut everything at once so I only have to clean up all of the leftover pieces and fold/put away my fabrics once.
Can I use a different method for constructing HSTs?
We won't be making the blocks until next week, but it would change how you cut your fabric so I wanted to go over this now.
The way that HST construction is written in my pattern is how I always make my half square triangles (personal preference). It is not how I always write construction into my patterns because I try to use the most efficient method for the pattern. I have used 2 at a time, 4 at a time, and the 1 at a time methods like used here.
The reason why I used this method is because we will need to be making an odd number of some of the HSTs. Since 2 and 4 at a time both produce even numbers of HSTs, that was going to result in extra HSTs and require extra fabric. Once of my goals with a pattern is to use fabric as efficiently as is reasonable and this method is the most efficient for this pattern.
If you prefer a different method - go for it! Just be aware that you will need a little extra fabric and you will end up with some leftover HSTs.
Do I need to separate fabrics in go A, B, C, and D groups if I am making a scrap quilt?
Unless you are doing some sort of organized scrap quilt (for example, if all of the A fabrics were pink, B fabrics were orange, etc.) then nope! You will just have your feature fabrics (A + B + C + D) and your background fabric.
What do I do to prepare fabric before cutting?
The main thing you need to do is press your fabric. This will help you cut more accurately and makes cutting less frustrating because your fabric will lay flat. If you are going to prewash your fabric (I don't), do that too.
What tools do I need for cutting?
A ruler - here are my favorite two for cutting lots of fabric (I use them both in the video below)
Any tips for a beginner?
Make sure to post your progress photos on Instagram using the #carlyqal hashtag so we can all see them!