If you use any quilting software or print out templates on paper, but are limited by the size of the paper – i.e., the whole template doesn’t fit on a sheet of paper, here is an option: try folding the template and your fabric in half.
|I had a template that was a trapezoid (boat bottom), and the point flopped over to a second sheet.Not wanting to take the time to glue the two pieces together, I folded the template in what would be half, if the whole thing were there.(Yes I sometimes print on both sides of my paper!)|
|You have to be a bit imaginative, but when you cut the template out, you can probably line up most of the sides and corners, as you can see in the example.|
Then fold your fabric the same way the template is folded, and place the template on the fabric, matching the folds.Cut your fabric, and then unfold it. You should have a complete shape, including seam allowances – ready to stitch into your block.
You can cut multiple layers at once.
I tend to cut only 4 layers of fabric; especially if the shape requires that I turn it around on my cutting mat. With four layers, you will be able to cut 2 of these shapes at the same time.
By Penny Halgren of http://www.How-To-Quilt.com