Reva's Tips: The Shape of Things
After months of sewing for others it is time to start sewing something that is just for you. At least something that YOU want to make! I have never enjoyed prepping for my next project especially the cutting part. Cutting is not part of my "joy" in sewing. If you are like me, I have the thing for you.
Do you ever quilt? If so, I am sure that you have heard of AccuQuilt. The AccuQuilt Cutter is a machine that quickly cuts multiple layers of fabric very accurately so you can begin the piecing process sooner and produce blocks that are far more accurate than the conventional rotary method.
I have found the most convenient and versatile dies for my AccuQuilt are the Qubes. Qubes are a packaged set of 8 geometric shaped dies that can create at least 72 different quilt blocks in a defined finished size. The available finished size options are 6", 8", 9" or 12" Qubes.
In addition to the 72 blocks that AccuQuilt suggests, I have found that the shapes in the Qubes can be combined together to quickly cut and prepare just about any quilt pattern. This includes patterns that I have purchased or have found in a magazine. Using the following process, it is very easy to cut and prepare your own "quilt kit" so you can work on it whenever you find a few extra moments to sew.
The first thing that I do is to make a copy of the pattern so that I can make notes on it as I go. Now, take a moment to define the specific shapes needed for the project and the size of each of these shapes. Once you have this info, note how many of each shape is needed in each color of fabric.
Since the AccuQuilt can cut 6 layers of fabric in one pass, you can cut quite a bit at once and even multiple colors at once. Start cutting the largest shapes first and then continue with the next largest and so on until you get to the smallest shape in your pattern. I have found this process uses less fabric that when I use a rotary cutter. Not to mention it is far more accurately cut. The AccuQuilt even cuts off the "dog ears" so matching the shapes is more precise and time is saved by eliminating the need to trim them.
Enjoy your creativity!