The Free Motion Quilting Project: Cutting Fabric and Tiles

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Cutting Fabric and Tiles

It's Wednesday and time to check in on what's really going on! Today I'm cutting, cutting, cutting both fabric for kits and hardie board for the bathroom.

Just in case you've never seen a kit in production, here's what it's looking like for us:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

This is 8 bolts of Kona Ocean which will be cut into around 36 Building Block Kits. I also have another 8 bolts of black fabric, and thread on order so hopefully these kits will be put together and ready to go by next week.

Also on the cutting table today is the Building Blocks cheater cloth quilt panel from Spoonflower!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I decided to use gray and blue for this panel, with all the quilting lines printed in black. I'm open to other suggestions, so if you have a colorway in mind just post it to the comments below.

Basically I'm designing this fabric so if you don't want to pick up the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern, and you don't want to bother piecing the blocks together, you can always pick up this cheater cloth panel instead.

However, this isn't a way to save money! This will only save you TIME having to cut, piece, mark, and quilt your blocks. Spoonflower fabric is expensive and you will need 3 yards of this panel in order to get all 42 blocks, which will run over $50.

So understand the cost / benefit of this cheater cloth. I really like the printed lines for following while quilting, and I plan to use this for teaching classes in person, but it is on the expensive side, especially when you could easily cut and piece the blocks from scraps in your stash.

I've taken the time to create it simply as another choice for this project, and certainly a great option if you're short on time and patience with marking the blocks.

And for the last cutting project of the day!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

The last thing on my chopping block today is a large piece of hardie backer board. I have about 100 different surfaces in my bathroom to match up from the shower surround to the wood around the shower to the existing tile in the main room. Careful cutting and placement of this board will be my main job this afternoon.

It's going to be slow work, but I'm not on a deadline so I'm going to take my time. No sense in rushing when the job has already been ruined once!

Whew! I have a big day of work ahead. I'd better get cracking!

Let's go quilt (or cut lots of random stuff),

Leah

5 comments:

  1. You'll be better off in the long run to rip out the whole shower, rebuild the base surface and install a new one. Just my own personal experience....if not, you'll be back at it again in 5 years. In the long run, the cost will be worth it.

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  2. I am going to use lime green and dark purple for my building blocks quilt. I am so excited to start.

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  3. Are you selling the kits???? I'm interested........

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  4. Kgrammiecaz.....I LOVE your color choices! I bet it will look amazing! My to favorite colors together! Awesome! Like eggplant purple? Love it! Hope you post pics along the way!

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  5. You'll be better off in the long run to rip out the whole shower, rebuild the base surface and install a new one. Just my own personal experience....if not, you'll be back at it again in 5 years. In the long run, the cost will be worth it.

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