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Quilting instructor Johanna Felberbaum discusses one of her favorite quilting techniques, fussy cutting for quilt blocks.
Do you like fabric? Of course, if you are a quilter. Well this technique is EVERYTHING. By the way. U. TEXTILE.
What is fussy cutting?
The fussy cut is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Intentionally cut very specific pieces from your textiles to draw focus to the image or text on the textile.
When choosing your fabrics, make sure that:
- Have an interesting element or image to focus on
- They are scaled so that the image fits in the space on your quilt block
What to look for:
- reasons you like
- distinctive patterns
- shades that fit your color scheme
- design elements that fit the overall theme of your quilt project
How to place pieces in your quilt block:
- Make a model. You can use acetate or a sheet protector – something transparent – and trace the shape from your quilt block pattern onto the clear material.
- Listen to your tissues. Pass the pattern over the shades, images or text in your fabric to see if something of interest fits into the shape.
- Cut the fabric around the pattern to include a seam allowance for sewing the shape into your quilt block.
This quilting technique is very well executed when used in conjunction with the foundation paper piecing method
A fussy cut block can be the splash of color in a quilt. Maybe replace a block in a larger project with a fussy cut to catch the eye.
However, it is more often the centerpiece of a project, such as a newspaper cover, a rug, a carpet, or a blanket for a child.
What kind of project are you thinking of cutting fussy for? Share with us in the comments section!