How To Be In Love With Biased Cuts
EVERYTHING has been crazy! In this case I have to say I’m thankful.
First off, I need to apologize for not getting a post out in the past ?month? I’m a terrible person! Really, I’ve been a little under the weather (not the COVID-19) and I’ve been super busy. Every time I thought about sitting down and getting out a blog post it was while I was heading to bed. Then I was up at 4:30am and back to work.
Well the 4:30am hasn’t changed and the going to work hasn’t changed, but I am feeling better!
As I have been plugging – racing – through face masks and quilt making, I’ve been striving to document what I’ve been doing with pictures and social media posts (that’s also been sadly lacking also). It almost seems like too much to keep up with. I’m lovin’ it!!
So let me tell you what I’ve been doing! Plus, let me tell you why I titled this blog “In Love With Biased Cuts”.
So, in a flurry of face mask orders, I’ve received 8 orders for quilts. YAY!!
I was also in the midst of 3 quilts at various stages of growth. Not to mention, the quilts for friends and/or family.
I always, have 4 or 6 quilts going at a time. Personally, I see nothing wrong with that. I know I have fall back fun when the work isn’t in high gear!
One of the quilts ordered has some extreme biased cuts. I’ve never been crazy dealing with bias. I understand it’s going to happen. Learning how to deal with them is key.
These days, one of the wonderful things about bias is that they don’t start that way. All of the bias strips you see here started as on grain cuts. And the recommendation by the pattern designer, Callie Works-Leary, is to starch the heck out of them.
Well…she may not have said that exactly, but you know what I mean. She does recommend to spray enough starch for them to be wet – soaked. Then press them dry.
So here’s a tip: PRESS – DON’T IRON
What in the heck does that mean? It means don’t rub the iron back and forth and around. It means, place the iron on the fabric and wait a few seconds. Then pick it up and press it down in another section of the fabric.
Why? Because ironing – even though it keeps the hands busy – tends to stretch the fabric and give uneven end results.
UHG! You may say. And yes, it is ugh. But it is worth it! After spray soaking these strips in starch and then stitching the sets together, there were nice clean lines along the bottom and top when cutting on the 45 degree angle.
Happy 45-degree cuts!
Fast forward to making the diamonds…
I made a mark at the seam at 1/4″ on each side.
And then I pinned through those two points. Keep an eye on the edge of the fabrics. They do like to shift when pinning straight through. This shift can be enough that the seams won’t line up when pressed.
Here it is with the diamonds put together!
Next time we’ll go over putting those ginormous squares in there and adding the borders.
I didn’t get a whole lot of pictures, but I do have just a couple pointers to help a project like this fun and successful!
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I love to hear stories.
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