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What Is Fussy Cut Fabric?


What Is Fussy Cut Fabric?

Threads don't always run at exact 90-degree angles to the print in a fabric.

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Definition: To fussy cut fabric is to target and cut a specific area of the fabric, rather than randomly cutting the yardage.

How Can I Use Fussy Cut Fabrics?

I Spy quilts are made by cutting and sewing together all sorts of novelty and pictorial objects. Attic Windows and Kaleidoscope quilts are other places you'll find fussy cut fabrics, but the cuts can be used for any purpose:

Center a specific print within individual patches or alternate blocks of a quilt, and be sure to add a 1/4" seam allowance around all sides of the image.

Some quilters like to construct a window template to help them visualize the print that will be seen when they cut a specific area of cloth. Make a simple preview window by cutting a chunk that's equal to the finished size of your patch from the center of a piece of letter or legal sized cardstock -- tape cardstock together for larger shapes. Mark around the shape you like, and then use your rotary ruler to add a 1/4" seam allowance around its edges. Cut with scissors or a rotary cutter.

Patterns that Work Nicely with Fussy Cut Fabrics

You'll find many more suitable patterns on the Quilting site -- browse my quilt patterns and quilt block patterns archives.

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