Sew Easy: Fussy Cutting

Sew Easy: Fussy Cutting

Isolating that special motif in your fabric can result in a charming block that defines your quilt. Below you’ll find both video and image+text tutorials for this technique with clear, step-by-step instructions. PLUS—if you’ve found this lesson useful, you can download a copy of this AND many more Sew Easy lessons in our FREE eBooklet Sew Easy Lessons: The Essential Collection of Quilting Techniques. Click here to download your copy of this lesson plus many other tried-and-true patchwork tutorials!

Video Tutorial

Step-by-Step Sew Easy Instructions

  1. Identify desired motif. Using template plastic cut to desired unfinished size or a fussy-cutting window, center motif within patch shape.
  2. Either draw around your template plastic and cut, or cut using a template.
  3. Double check to ensure fussy-cut shape has at least ¼” seam allowance all around motif.
  4. Frame your motif as desired with additional patchwork.

Products used: Martelli’s Color-Contrasting Cutting Mat, Martelli’s 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter, Martelli’s Square Fussy-Cut Windows, Martelli’s Round-About Cutting Mat, and Martelli’s No-Slip Square Templates. For a complete catalog of Martelli notions, as well as useful how-to videos, visit their website.

Fabric from Abstract Collage collection by Ampersand and Gulls Just Want to Have Fun collection, both for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.

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