Week 3: Cutting Over Sized Blocks
Let’s get cracking on cutting out the large blocks of the quilt. The hard part will be cutting a block that measures 12.5″ x 24.5″ and 24.5″ x 24.5″ as standard rulers are no longer than 24″.
If your cutting mat is accurate, you can use it to cut the blocks. I use a different method to cut the the 24.5″ block by using 3 rulers.(6.5″ x 6.5″; 6″ x 24″ and 12.5″x 12. 5″)
I folded my fabric across the WOF twice (like you normally do) so I am preparing to make the final cut with my 12.5″ square ruler.(WOF = width of fabric.)
I straightened the fabric then placed my 6. 5″ ruler so it measured 1/2″ from the cut edge. I placed my 24″ ruler beside it (distance to cut – now measures 24.5″) then placed the 12.5″to the left of the 24″ ruler. I remove both the 6″ and the 24″ and cut long the right side of the 12.5″ ruler. If you are left-handed, reverse the direction. This will give you a WOF x 24.5″.
Next up for the 24.5″ x 24.5″ block. Open out your piece of fabric and fold it in half again two times but this time the direction of your fabric is LOF (Length of fabric). Use the rulers and the same method to measure another cut 24.5″ long. Open it up and hurrah you have cut the largest block in the quilt!
Go ahead now and using the cutting chart, cut the number of blocks in the quilt and using their placement when cutting.
Note: I find quilting for projects that use large areas of negative space is easier when the width-wise direction of the fabric of a block or similarly length-wise direction of fabric are going in the same direction. You can track the direction of the blocks by marking or keeping a pin at the top of each block. If you do forget to mark the width or length of fabric, you can still figure out with a simple test. The width of fabric is known as the weft and the length of fabric known as the warp. The warp has more stretch than the weft so a gentle pull of your block will tell you the direction of the block. Give it a test with a scrap to practice how to determine the direction you cut your block.
Next up is appliquéing your numbers and letters to the 12.5″ x 24.5″ block. See the follow up post for Week three.