Quick Tip Tuesday~ Rotary Cutting 2 Sets of Multi Layered Strips with 2 Rulers

This is a great tutorial… showing you lots of details on my helpful hints to use a rotary cutter with TWO Rulers… my favorite O’LIPFA 5″x 24″ ruler with a no-slip handle (it has two pins that you push down through the fabric into the cutting mat to hold things in place… i LOVE it!) … and a 16.5″ big square ruler… and my quick tips on how to cut TWO SETS of Multiple Layers of fabric into 6″ squares.

Clotheslining. How to cut your piecing time in half!

Clotheslining your quilt top…

If I never teach you anything else, please remember this tutorial and SHARE it with your friends (or at least the ones you like… or at least the ones who like to quilt!)

Chain stitching
Chain stitching

First of all… Think of CHAIN PIECING…

Don't cut that thread!
Don’t cut that thread!

You will stitch the entire FIRST TWO COLUMNS of pieces together, (PAIRS OF SQUARES) one set right after the other, WITHOUT CUTTING THEM APART… making a chain, or more precisely a kite tail.

Kite tail
Kite tail

Second… Think of COLUMNS, not rows. (Trust me, this is the most important paradigm to change, it will cut your piecing time in half! I promise!)
You will sew (or add) an entire column at a time.
They will all be connected by the chained thread, creating a clothesline of kite tails.

Third… Think of TURNING PAGES OF A BOOK. (Or like taping several sheets of music together, so they balance on your music stand.)
I will teach you to stack and label your columns with numbered pins. Then add “one page” to each row, as you chain your columns.

This works best with squares; it works for a little 9-patch block, or for your entire king sized quilt top. I will use a 9-patch block in this example, 3 columns by 3 rows.

Numbered, Flat head pins
Numbered, Flat head pins

Label some flat head pins with sets of numbers.
How many columns in your block (or quilt top)?
You don’t need any “ones”, just start with 2,3,4… As many as columns.

Many blocks, labeled & stacked
Many blocks, labeled TOP & CENTER, and stacked

(If you are doing lots of blocks, then you need that many sets)

Fuzzy back table cloth aka design wall
Fuzzy back table cloth aka design wall

First, lay out your design on the floor, or a DESIGN WALL (or a flannel back tablecloth).

Lay out block
Lay out block

Next, you will label and stack your columns with numbered pins.

Pin the corresponding number TOP & CENTER of each piece in the TOP ROW. (This is especially important for Directional Print fabrics, you’ll always know which end is up by the little pin holes… Yes, you are welcome.)
Left to right.. (Leave the first one blank,) then 2,3, etc…

Fold 2nd column onto first
Fold 2nd column onto first

The second column is folded onto the first column, and chain pieced into a kite tail.

Kite tail
Kite tail- keep the completed column together, but snip the thread at the bottom of the tail. ~note the pin labels Top & Center!

The third column is stacked with the top piece on top, pin through Top & Center.

Now think of Turning Pages of a Book, as you add the “third page” to each row… Still chain piecing the columns…

Add the next piece, as if turning the pages in a book, from the next stack, adding one to each row, as you continue to chain the columns
Add the next piece, as if turning the pages in a book, from the next stack, adding one to each row, as you continue to chain the columns

 

All three columns chained together.
All three columns chained together.

Now press your seams, fold the row over, stitch your horizontal seams…

Press seams to the dark side
Press seams to the dark side

The intersecting seams will nest together perfectly!

Please excuse the dark thread, don't report me to the quilt police.
Please excuse the dark thread, don’t report me to the quilt police.
Clotheslining will cut your piecing time in half, and give you much nicer intersecting points!
Clotheslining will cut your piecing time in half, and give you much nicer intersecting points!
The "chained" thread acts like a pin to hold things together
The “chained” thread acts like a pin to hold things together
Press or lean the seams in opposite directions to nest perfectly together
Press or lean the seams in opposite directions to nest perfectly together

(NOW… IF you were doing a larger block, or a whole quilt top, you would stack 1&2 folded together with a pin through the first pair.

Then STACK the REST of the columns. Always keep the TOP piece on the TOP of each stack.

Start on the far right, with the last column.
Pick up the top piece, and go down the column, adding the next piece to the bottom the stack.
Pin the number through the entire stack, keeping it TOP & CENTER.
Set the stack down.

Stack the next column, keeping the TOP piece ON TOP.
Pin the number through the entire stack, keeping it TOP & CENTER.
Set each new stack on top of the previously stacked pieces (biggest # on bottom).

Watch for future posts featuring larger blocks and/or whole quilt tops.

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