Divide And Conquer Quilt Blocks – Project Case Study Part 4

Now that the fabric has been purchased, washed, dried, and ironed, it is time to cut the quilt squares and batiks, both of which are rather unsightly.

Put the batik so that the right side is facing up on your cutting mat, and then put the ugly fabric on top of it so that the right side is facing up.

Check to see that the perimeters of the squares are aligned correctly all the way around.

Now is the time to show some courage!

Make a cut through both layers of fabric using your rotary cutter. Feel free to cut in any way that looks interesting to you, whether it be curves or straight lines.

One word of caution: you will need to sew these back together, so I wouldn’t recommend doing anything too fancy or complicated with them.

In addition, I recommend that you avoid working on small areas whenever possible when working with curved pieces. If you are going to do strips, ones that are narrower will work better (but not too narrow).

The goal of this activity is to rearrange the squares on your flannel wall so that the pieces that have been cut out are juxtaposed in different squares.

As can be seen, Stephanie made a cut through the middle of the squares that gives the appearance of a winding path.

She arranged them on the flannel wall in such a way that the center of one square is occupied by the ugly fabric, while the center of the other square is occupied by the purple batik.

Continue working through each of your squares using the same method. Place each piece on your flannel wall in the order in which you plan to sew it together.

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