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How to Cut Patchwork Squares

Thank you so much for sharing!

Hi Everyone! I have got a great basic tutorial for you today, you can apply this to all sorts of projects so I think you will find it very valuable 😉  Learning proper cutting technique is one of the most valuable lessons in quilting.  This post and video tutorial are meant to give you all of my best practices with the tools, tips and techniques you will need to be a pro in no time.  This is how to cut patchwork squares.

how to cut patchwork

Even as a more experienced quilter, I find myself constantly coming back to the simple and classic patchwork quilt. There is just nothing else like it and very doable for beginners.

Let’s first talk about the tools you will need…

how to cut patchwork

A good size self healing mat is a must.  This is my 18 x 24 which is a nice size, but the 24 x 36 is very useful too if you have a table top to accommodate it.

Next thing you need is a rotary blade.  There are several different handle grips to choose from, but they all function the same. There are a few different sizes but the 45mm is a great one to start with.  Don’t forget to have some extra blades on hand.

how to cut patchwork

The fabric line is called Wonderful Things by Bonne Christine.

The 6 x 24 ruler is the first one to start with.  A staple.

tools to cut patchwork

If you are able to buy a smaller ruler for sub cutting those strips down I recommend it. The 6 x 24 is great for cutting strips from the yardage but a little cumbersome when cutting those down into the squares. I have been really enjoying the Olfa frosted rulers lately and Creative Grids have great ones too.  A 6.5 inch square ruler will work for this or the 6.5 x 12.5 is a very versatile and popular size as well.

how to cut patchwork

Here is the full video tutorial where I go into great depth about all my tips and tricks for how to cut patchwork squares! Let me know in the comments what you think!  Here is another post about how to make a scrap quilt, this technique will come in handy!

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avie babcock

Saturday 15th of July 2017

I realized that I have been placing my ruler incorrectly on the fabric edge. No one has ever taught that to me despite my taking several quilting classes. Thank you for the information. I enjoy your tutorials and tips.

Rose M Bota

Saturday 15th of July 2017

Hi Melanie,

Love you work,thank you for sharing your talent. I love the step by step YouTube videos you create. I have learned so much from you. I look forward to learning more. I crochet. I am trying to learn how to quilt it looks challenging but I am excited to learn please post more videos I am visual learner 😄Thank you again.

Sandy smith

Friday 14th of July 2017

Great cutting tips and tutorial. I was doing I wrong... never agai👍😃

Melanie

Friday 14th of July 2017

Glad you were able to learn some tips from it!

Angie

Friday 14th of July 2017

Love seeing what you post on Facebook.

Melanie

Friday 14th of July 2017

Thank you!

Santina

Saturday 8th of July 2017

Hi Melanie hope you doing well,im following you on fb and im a beginner crochet and there is one video i just love that you have put on to fb the shell baby blankel for beginners but my main problem is i cant seem to safe that video onto my phone it self because i really want to try it and dont always have data to use my facebook to go on that video ,can you perhaps help me or advice me on how i can safe that video straight to my phone gallery Regards Santina

Melanie

Friday 14th of July 2017

Hi Santina, I'm not super techy with that sort of thing, I would recommend googling how to download a youtube video and include the type of phone you have in the search. I know it's possible, but I think you have to go to a special webpage or sign up for YouTube Red ;)

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