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How to Fussy Cut with No Waste

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Quilters and non-quilters are fascinated by the Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks,  Kaleidoscope Stars, and fussy cut LeMoyne Stars posted online and especially on Facebook. This article describes how simple it is to get spectacular effects without wasting fabric using Inklingo. You don't have to tell anyone how easy it is. It can be our little secret.

How to Fussy Cut with No Waste

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How to Fussy Cut with No Waste

Quilters and non-quilters are fascinated by the Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) blocks Kaleidoscope Stars, and fussy cut LeMoyne Stars posted online and especially on Facebook.

This article describes how simple it is to get spectacular effects. You don't have to tell anyone how easy it is. It can be our little secret.

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Lucy Boston created The Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) by cutting 4 or 8 identical designs for the hexagons.

In the past, the only way to get these stunning effects was to cut identical motifs and make Swiss cheese of the fabric. It is slow and tedious and wastes a lot of fabric. Lucy Boston acknowledged that there is more waste and that this is contrary to the idea of economy which motivated patchwork quilters in the past.

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With Inklingo, it is possible to get the same WOW factor with no waste—just by printing identical sheets of fabric!

There are 4 easy steps.

  1. Identify the repeat in the fabric.
  2. Cut freezer paper to a Suggested Custom Page Size.
  3. Print identical sheets.
  4. Cut sets of identical shapes.

POTC Hexigons Printed And Ready To Sew

Monkey says it's so simple it is almost embarrassing.

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1. Identify the repeat in the fabric along the lengthwise grain (parallel to the selvage).

Common repeats are 12 and 24 inches.

 

Measure the number of inches between identical motifs.

In this illustration, I isolated one red flower. You can choose any part of the design when you measure. A “repeat” is the measurement parallel to the selvage from one motif to the next, when the design starts all over again.

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2. Cut the freezer paper to a Custom Page Size that fits within the repeat (in this case less than 12 inches.)

Suggested custom page sizes are illustrated in each shape collection.  In this case, 12 POTC hexagons fit on a page 8.25 x 9.5.

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3. Position the FP identically and print!

For Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC), you may only need 4 identical sheets, but this method works if you want 8 too.

You need 6 identical sheets for 6 pointed stars and Grandmother`s Flower Garden and 8 for 8 pointed stars like LeMoyne Star.

4. Cut each sheet into rows and stack identical rows to cut several layers at a time. With identical rows, the shapes will already be sorted into sets for you.

With the right fabric, these effects can be amazing.  

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This video includes some of my best tips for choosing fabric.

For example, you can use Inklingo to print on paper to make a window template to take to the quilt shop, so you can see whether it will be interesting when the fabric is cut into small pieces.

It doesn’t matter what you call it—Kaleidoscope, ­Stack n Whack­™, One Block Wonder or Fussy Cutting: Busy fabrics without large plain areas work the best!

This method is similar to Stack 'n Whack™ because you need to identify the repeat in the fabric. 

However, it is different from Stack 'n Whack™ because we always wash the fabric first, there is no stacking, and no measuring to cut.

With Inklingo, we have a line to cut along and a line to sew along and we can sew by hand or by machine.

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There is a video in another article on QuiltingHub showing how to sew Kaleidoscope Stars. Each star only takes 10-12 minutes to hand piece.

Each finished kaleidoscope is a lovely little jolt of pleasure.

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It's no wonder quilters want to make blocks like Cathi's Kaleidoscope Stars.  You can see the fabric she used on her Quilt Obsession blog. For these stars she printed 6 identical sheets of diamonds with Inklingo.

Ready for More?

  1. The example in another tutorial shows how you can print more than 400 fussy cut diamonds from 2 yards of fabric with almost no waste!
  2. There are a few bonus tips in another article on the All About Inklingo blog.
  3. If you are not familiar with Inklingo, the Quick Start Guide illustrates the basics, so you understand how we print on fabric so easily.
  4. Jams should be very rare, but if you have never printed on fabric before, there is another article on QuiltingHub with our best tips for care-free printing.

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No Waste Fussy Cutting with Inklingo has many advantages:

  • no waste (or useful scraps instead of Swiss cheese)
  • no templates
  • no measuring or weird, expensive rulers
  • no need to carefully stack and pin layers of fabric
  • each shape is the perfect size
  • cut several layers at a time OR use scissors
  • sewing lines, precision corners, matching marks, and crosshairs are printed on each piece so you can get the precision you want
  • sew by hand or by machine

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We post fussy cut blocks frequently on the Inklingo Facebook page.

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The beauty of learning how to print on fabric is that it works for everything — fussy cutting, appliqué, triangles, hexagons, Double Wedding Ring, Storm At Sea, Joseph's Coat, and other designs.

You can search for Franz or Inklingo to find more articles on QuiltingHub and there are more to come.

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