NO WASTE FUSSY CUTTING
“No Waste Fussy Cutting” with Inklingo is the easiest and most exciting method.
Some quilters compare it to Stack n Whack™—but with Inklingo there is no stacking and you can “whack” with a rotary cutter OR scissors, and you can sew by hand OR by machine.
WHAT IS NO WASTE FUSSY CUTTING?
The idea is simple!
Print whatever shapes you need on identical sheets of fabric.
The method is that simple.
1. Identify the “repeat” in the fabric along the selvage edge.
In this case, it is about 8 inches.
I need to know this, so I can find and print identical sheets.
The Suggested Custom Page Size for sixteen POTC hexagons is 8.25 x 12.5 inches. How do I know? There are suggested custom page sizes illustrated in the shape collection and I can make up my own too.
a. If the repeat is a little more than the size of the FP:
I use my normal method of preparing fabric sheets (making sure they are identical, video below) and cut the fabric with scissors at the ironing board when I iron the freezer paper. (Print on Fabric – Best Tips in the Top Ten Tutes)
b. If the repeat is ever-so-slightly narrower than the size of the FP:
This is a little more work but it makes very efficient use of the fabric. In this case, I rotary cut the identical fabric sheets separately and then line them up with the freezer paper at the ironing board.
In scenario b, the fabric is a little bit smaller than the FP, but that’s fine because Inklingo layouts allow margins of 0.25 on the top and sides and 0.5 inch on the bottom.
2. Cut and print identical sheets of fabric.
First, I remove the selvage and then rotary cut a strip 12.25 inches wide and cut it into 8 identical pieces of fabric (above).
IMPORTANT! Label the FP to ensure you always put the same end of the fabric in the printer first! We want everything to be printed identically.
Print 4 or 8 identical sheets for POTC.
For six pointed stars, print 6 identical sheets.
For eight-pointed stars, print 8 identical sheets.
(You can do this with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection!)
If you stop and think about it, you will see that you need one sheet for each shape.
The “rules” for picking fabrics are similar to Stack n Whack.™
Overall designs like this paisley are fabulous! It has very little “background.”
You can print a page of Inklingo hexagons on paper to make a window template to take to the quilt shop for a preview. You can also measure the repeat to see how many lengths you will need.
In the case of this paisley fabric, if the repeat had been 12 or 24 inches, it would have worked really well for POTC hexagons too. (12 inches seems to be a common repeat.)
TIP Sometimes the “uglies” in the sales bin are the best! If you cut the designs into small enough pieces, they can create surprisingly beautiful effects.
The video on the Main Lucy Boston Page describes several fussy cutting strategies and how to choose the best fabrics.
It also gives tips for cutting several layers at a time, so you get sets identical hexagons, all organized and ready to sew.
This is one of my favorite fussy cut hexagon flowers but I don’t think I could have seen the exciting effect where the hexagons meet if I had been using old-fashioned template methods of fussy cutting. And even if I could (fiddling around with folding mirrors?), it would have wasted a lot of fabric.
The “no waste” method is the simplest and the most fun.
Each block is a little surprise.
WHAT ABOUT THE SUPPORTING FABRICS?
There are 24 hexagons in each POTC block.
There are several videos showing how to hand piece Kaleidoscope Stars and hexagons by hand and by machine. It works exactly the same way for Lucy Boston POTC.
There is more about fussy cutting in the POTC book and on the blog (searchable), but if you have any questions, please ask.
Good luck in your hunt for the perfect fabrics!
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The sun is shining and it is finally above freezing, which is a good thing because I have reason to be in the garage today. The seasonal high should be about 5 C (41F), but the forecast is for it to stay cold. Overnight lows in the mid-teens (-15 C).
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