Friday, January 14, 2011

Hip To Be Square


I'm cutting squares to be put into quilt kits which I'll be offering for sale in the shop in the next week or so.  It seemed like the logical thing to do with this fabric stash of mine that continues to grow faster than I can use it.


I don't use a rotary cutter.  I kinda hate rotary cutters.  I cut all my quilt squares by hand.  I kinda pride myself on how precise I can be cutting by hand.  It's quicker for me than using the rotary cutter.  I just use a piece of cardstock as my square size guide.  That's just what seems to work best for me.  How do you cut your quilt squares?

19 comments:

liz said...

Wow, I am not brave enough to use scissors. I just use the rotary cutter, but for vintage sheets I usually just rip and tear. I am visiting from V & Co, but I have followed your blog for a while now :) Have a nice day!

Jenn Girl said...

I agree with scissors being faster, but I use a rotary cutter because I can't cut straight!

Biz said...

I'm a beginner, in fact I am taking my beginning quilting class starting in mid-February. I personally love my rotary cutter, but being able to cut by hand is something you should be WAY proud of!
Biz
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A. said...

Go you! Those are going to be so pretty. I agree with Liz - I am not confident enough with my scissor skillz to go freehand. Rotary cutting is faster for me, too.

Christy said...

I have never cut squares. But I can't cut straight at all. Will you be letting us know when your quilt kits are up for sale. What a marvelous idea.

Jacqueline said...

I either use my rotary cutter for most things - but if I have to hand cut I use a SMALL - like the super sharp childrens size- pair of scissors - much more precise! <3

craftattacks said...

I'm not a fan of my rotary cutter either. If I need to make a long straight cut, I usually rip. If it's pretty small, I'll use scissors.

Amber Liddle said...

I personally find the rotary cutter to be my best friend when cutting for quilts. I can't cut a straight line to save my life otherwise! Good for you for perfecting that :)

jstew51576 said...

Vanessa sent me! Love the site! I have a fabric fetish...even the pictures of fabric are lovely!

Amy said...

what a pretty stack of squares!
I have to use my rotary cutter, it's faster for me.

webmailaddress2 said...

Visiting from V & Co blog. I'm totally impressed by your fabric cutting skills!

Bek said...

wow i am definately not game enough to use scissors and as much as i love my rotary cutter, i do find that the blade goes blunt really quickly (thats what happens when you're cutting fabric every day i suppose hehe) so i spend a fortune replacing them.

Megan said...

I love my rotary cutter. I personally suck at scissor cutting, even the most basic. I've never been brave enough to rip yet.

Stacie@HobbitDoor said...

Found my way here from V and Co. Beautiful quilt squares! Way to go on cutting all those out by hand!

Holly C. said...

I use the rotary cutter too. I'm amazed that you can do it with scissors! Do you cut one at a time or do you do layers?

Sheetal said...

once I got over my fear of chopping my hand off with a slip of the rotary cutter, its my fav method to use for cutting up fabric for quilts. Vintage sheet FQs though are most definitely ripped..you should try it, its amazingly good for stress busting!

Gwendelynn said...

These are soo darling! Thanks for sharing!

sandyandcosmo said...

Visiting from V and Co. I am glad to see I'm not the only one who still cuts by hand. I have a good rotary cutter but we are just not on the best of terms!

Lindsay said...

Congrats on being a featured etsy seller!! So exciting! I just found your site & blog because of that:) I started a shop back in august 2010 & I LOVE IT! Sweet~n~Sassy Shoppe if you ever want to take a peek:) I like my rotary cutter but I personally trust my scissors more:)

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