I’m diligently working on an overdue quilt. It is a double wedding ring. I thought I’d give a couple tips on cutting the curves of this design. I’ll be showing some piecing tips next week. I’m using Marti Michell’s template set. I like how she gives grain lines on the templates and has holes at the 1/4″ corner points. I did add “True Grips” to help prevent the templates from moving as I cut.
As you can see in the first photo…
I’ve put the template on the fabric. I ALWAYS cut away from myself and NEVER back at myself. I can place my cutting mat on the corner of a table and move my body around the the other side or use a rotating cutting mat! The mat shown in the photo is called “Brooklyn Revolver” that I got years ago! I don’t believe these are still on the market. However, there are others out there.
The beauty of cutting on a rotating mat, you can make a cut and turn the mat so your next cut is away from you. That way you are never cutting back toward yourself! The next few photos are the order I cut around the arc template. Notice how the words on the mat are in a different position each time. The edge I am cutting is on the right as I am right handed. For you left hand-ers, you will cut on the left side.
So the tips include…
1- Always cut away from yourself. You don’t ever want to slip and cut into your body!
2- Add true grips to the back on a template to keep it from slipping as you cut against it.
3- Use a rotating mat when you need to cut completely around a template.
4- Or you can use a smaller regular mat and rotate the mat.
5- Use a smaller cutter for deeper curves. I was able to easily cut with a 45mm on this gentle inside curve.
If you have a favorite rotating mat, let us know in the comments section! I’ll be checking out some options when I go to Daytona Beach for the AQS Quilt Week in a couple weeks, Feb. 26th-29th. It will be my first show of the year! I’ll be on the opposite side of the hall in a larger booth! More room to show more quilts!! Hope to see you there! Go forth and cut curves, safely and efficiently!