How To Cut Patchwork Shapes for Quilts

If you have ever thought about taking up quilting then you have probably wondered how those beautiful quilts come to be. The process doesn't have to be a slow one and the most tedious part really isn't all that hard if you know how to do it. Cutting patchwork shapes for quilts is actually pretty simple if you follow the easy steps below.

Before you actually get to the cutting you will need to pick your fabrics. The beauty of a patchwork quilt is that you don't need to run out to your local craft supply and buy yards and yards of fabric that all complement each other. You can use scrap materials found around your home, even old T-shirts or that ugly pair of curtains you received as a house warming gift.

Now that you have all of your colors it is time to decide what patchwork pattern you would like for your quilt. The basic patchwork shapes for quilts are squares, rectangles, diamonds and equilateral triangles. You can choose the traditional one patch design that is random pieces of the same shape sewn together or even strip piecing where you sew large rectangular strips together to form your masterpiece. There are a variety of patchwork designs to choose from, all ranging in skill levels from beginner to advanced.

One of the most important things about cutting patchwork shapes for quilts is to remember to always cut on the grain of the fabric. Once you have found the grain of your piece of fabric you will start your base cut by cutting up the grain in a straight line, then again at a right angle. All cuts will start from the base.

Now begin cutting your patchwork shapes out of the material. Cut 1/4 to 1/2 extra for each patchwork piece for seam allowance. A 1/2 inch seam allowance is recommended, especially for beginners. To make things simple, for patchwork triangles, cut squares in half to form the triangles. Even on a square pattern quilt you will typically use triangles for the corners so it is best to go ahead and cut those out as well as the square blocks. Cutting out long rectangular strips and then cutting your square, triangle or diamond patchwork pieces from those strips makes for a much easier and quicker process.

Now the real fun begins and you can actually start putting your artwork together to form a wonderful patchwork quilt masterpiece.


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