Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Quilting Tutorial for Buzz Cutters

For all of you non-quilty types, this may be dull, or fascinating! Depending on how interested you are in sewing. I'm posting a tutorial for the Buzz Cuts quilting bee on Flickr which has been around for 2 years!

This month, please use your solid, batik, marbled, or near solid stash/scraps. I'm happy to send some to you if you don't have any. I'm open to any crazy color combinations, so go nuts! I just started sewing this one this way, so if you know of a different way to get the same sort of effect, go for it. You can be wonky or exact-whatever floats your boat. I did a wonky block, as you will see here. We're making 12.5" x 12.5", but if yours turns out smaller or larger, no biggie, send it along. I'm very flexible!

First cut your strips - wonky, straight, measured, whatever. You'll want to cut the strips longer than 12.5" because you will need a slightly larger block since we'll be cutting and re-sewing the strip block. I aimed for 14ish inches and that worked out well. If you need to piece your strips, that is fine too!

Then, sew your strips together. Straight, wonky, whatever.

After your strips are sewn together, you may want to straighten up some edges (or not). Then make between 2-4 cuts in the block.

Arrange and rearrange the segments until you get something different than the strip block then sew them all together!

Voila! Press it, trim it, call it a day!

Thanks so much! Have fun! Send me a flickr mail, email, or comment if you have questions!


Arnden said...

How many colors should we use? It looks like you used three, but to are very similar.

Rachel Ellington said...

Sorry I just saw this Arnden-you can use as many as you like-I used 3.

Suzanne said...

That's such a great idea! It is definitely going in my idea file.

Quilting Yai Yai said...

I love this block!! It is so much fun.