To fussy cut is to target and cut a specific area of quilting 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, showcasing specific areas of a print.
- Attic Windows quilts are other projects where fussy cut fabrics are often used, and so are Kaleidoscope quilts.
- Fussy cut fabrics can be used any time you wish to display specific areas of a fabric.
To fussy cut, center a specific print within a patch, 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 out a shape that's equal to the finished size of your patch from the center of a piece of cardstock -- tape cardstock together for large shapes.
- Position the template on fabric and use a non-permanent pencil or marker to draw lines along its inside edges -- the finished portion of the patch.
- Use a rotary ruler to add a 1/4" seam allowance, and cut on the outermost lines with scissors or a rotary cutter.
The template can be the unfinished size if you prefer, but be sure to remember that its outer edges will become part of the seam allowance.