Board and Batten - Fabric Cutting
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Board & Batten QAL {Fabric Cutting}

Cutting fabric is my least favorite step in the quilt making process. To help me feel a little more enthusiastic about getting started with the Board & Batten quilt along, I treated myself to a new OLFA blade on my rotary cutter. I know I should change my blade out a lot more frequently; this really did go a lot smoother because I changed my blade!

Board and Batten - Fabric Cutting

Board and Batten – Fabric Cutting

Because I know that the first thing we are going to be doing is making some half-square triangles (HSTs), I went ahead and prepped all of my squares to be ready for the next step in the quilt along as I was cutting the fabric. I opted to mark the wrong side of my print fabrics because my chosen background (Kona Cotton Purple) is so dark.

Board and Batten - Fabric Cutting

Board and Batten – Fabric Cutting

I know that one of the reasons I don’t like cutting fabric is that it is something that I need to do in a pretty distraction free environment. No podcast listening and usually no music on in the background. If my attention wanders for a moment, I tend to make pretty big cutting mistakes that make me sad. But who could be too sad working with such a beautiful, vibrant rainbow??

Board and Batten - Fabric Cutting

Board and Batten – Fabric Cutting

So hooray! I can celebrate that my least favorite step is complete and I’m prepared for the sewing fun to begin. 🙂

9 thoughts on “Board & Batten QAL {Fabric Cutting}

  1. Cindy Pieters says:

    Love all the pretty fabrics. I’ve made cutting mistakes when my mind wanders, I think we all have from one time or another.

  2. That is going to be a vibrant jewel in your quilt collection!

  3. This post brought up a memory of a time I was cutting stacks and stacks of squares for a quilt. They were to be 3 1/2″ squares. Somehow for a while I switched to 3″ squares – after maybe 75 squares or so I noticed the size difference. I still have that stack of 75 3″ squares languishing in my precut box. That was so annoying. So – yes, I get the need for minimal distraction when cutting!
    The colors of this quilts are just gorgeous Yvonne!

  4. aquilterstable says:

    yay for getting that out of the way. A new blade really does help!

  5. Suzanne says:

    Like the new broom which sweeps clean, a new blade slices clean (questionable grammar, but it works).
    We just need to be careful WHAT it slices! Let’s all remember to wear the glove.

  6. I also need absolute silence when I cut fabric. Your fabrics are gorgeous and this quilt is going to be stunning! It’s awesome to see even from a distance how much you and Cheryl support each other.

  7. nana5smith says:

    It’s going to be stunning. Well done. Take care.

  8. Kaja says:

    Well done for getting that job out of the way. You have reminded me that I should change my blade too.I tend to keep using them until I am not so much slicing as chewing my way through the fabric.

  9. Elizabeth E. says:

    Okay, totally ignore that *other* comment about you sewing with triangles. I guess I assume that because your seam allowances on those triangles were perfection, not like the sometimes wonky sa I can get when sewing HST. This puts my tiny mind to rest! And yes, I still love all those colors and prints.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)