Quilting instructor Johanna Felberbaum discusses one of her favorite quilting techniques, fussy cutting for quilt blocks.
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Do you love fabric? Of course you do, if you’re a quilter. Well this technique is ALL. ABOUT. THE. FABRIC.
What is fussy cutting?
Fussy cutting is quite charmingly exactly what it sounds like. You intentionally cut out very specific pieces from your fabrics to draw focus to the image or text on the textile.
When you’re choosing your fabrics, make sure they:
- Have an interesting element or image to hone in on
- Are scaled so that the image fits in the space on your quilt block
What to look for:
- motifs you love
- distinctive patterns
- shades that fit into your color scheme
- design elements that fit your quilt project’s overall theme
How to fit pieces into your quilt block:
- Make a template. You can use acetate or a sheet protector – anything transparent – and trace the shape from your quilt block pattern onto the clear material.
- Audition your fabrics. Pass the template over the shades, images or text in your textile to see if anything of interest fits in the shape.
- Cut the fabric around the template to include a seam allowance for sewing the shape into your quilt block.
This quilting technique is very well executed when used in conjunction with the foundation paper piecing method.
A fussy cut block may be the splash of color in a quilt. Perhaps you replace one block in a larger project with a fussy cut one to catch the eye.
However it is most often the center focus of a project, such as a journal cover, a tapestry, a place mat, or a baby blanket.
What kind of project are you thinking of fussy cutting for? Share with us in the comments section!