Flower Shop QAL Week 1 - Cutting Fabric
Today is the official start day of the Flower Shop Quilt Along! Most of you should have the pattern by now and have looked over to see how you might like to tackle the project. For the QAL I felt like the throw size which consists of 9 blocks would be a nice size to end up with and and making a couple of blocks a week to be a comfortable pace. This first week we are choosing our fabrics, prepping our fabric for cutting and using our template to cut out all of our fabric for the quilt.
Materials needed for this week:
Fabric for quilt size of your choice
Spray starch or pressing spray / Iron
Fabric marking pens/pencils
Cutting mat, Rotary cutting tool, acrylic rulers
Heavier card stock / template plastic for template
Flower Shop Quilt Along Schedule:
April 22nd - Week one: Cutting Fabric
April 29th - Week two: Blocks 1 + 2
May 6th - Week three: Blocks 3 + 4
May 13th - Week four: Blocks 5 + 6
May 20th - Week five: Blocks 7 + 8
May 27th - Week six: Block 9 + Piece together quilt top
Prepping Fabric for cutting
You definitely want to make sure you press your fabric well before cutting. I use a regular spray starch found at any grocery store to give a nice crisp finish to my fabric and this will make it easier to cut and more accurate.
Once you have your Flower Shop pattern, one of the topics I covered in the blog post last week on Prep Week was printing out your template and ways of tracing that onto a sturdier material. You can find that post here - to summarize you will want to make sure to print at the correct size and find the best method of making templates for tracing and cutting your fabrics.
I like to use a heavier card stock which can be found around the house - priority mail envelope, comic book board or even an old cereal box.
Per the instructions in the pattern there is sub-cutting before cutting into arches and clams for the curve blocks. I like to cut fabric into the required number of squares before tracing my template shapes so I can have my fabrics planned out and patterned fabrics facing the right direction for cutting out with a template. This is not a necessary step as you might prefer to directly trace your templates onto the fabric as whole. So think about your fabric choices and if sub-cutting is for you.
The fabric above has been sub-cut into squares before arches and clams were cut. This lets me group my fabric into flower blocks, choosing how I want to space out my petal color first, then choose which centers and leaves will go with each one. This allows me to see how the flow of colors will work and what combinations look nice together.
Tracing and Cutting Using Templates
Once you have your fabric cut into the required number of cuts for each part of your flower shop quilt, you can begin using your template to trace your arch and clam shapes.
I like to use a mechanical pencil for tracing most of my shapes, but sometimes when working with heavier fabric like a linen, a fabric marker is much easier to use. If the fabric I am working with is darker and a thicker material I will also use a fine tip sharpie - I do not recommend this if you are working with lighter materials or leave a lot of your marking visible after cutting as the lines will shop up as a shadow in your block. Use what you are comfortable with and trust.
If you decide to trace templates as you go and do not sub-cut, you can easily line up your template along your fabric, mark and cut. This can get tricky if you are using a patterned fabric with a directional print, so make sure you keep a tally on how many of each direction you end up with so it will have a cohesive look.
Keeping Cut Fabrics Organized
Once you have your fabric cut into Squares / Clams & Arches I like to place them into groups for each block. To keep all nine blocks organized I use large gallon size ziplock bags labeled by block number planned out. This will keep all of your block parts separated and not mixed in with other blocks - so it will be a little less confusing. These can also be reused on your next Quilt Along - so be sure to keep them with your sewing tools!
This weeks photo prompt and Giveaway!
Since we are just gathering materials and starting to cut our fabric this week our photo prompt will be an image of your chosen Flower Shop fabrics or even your cut fabrics ready to go! If you ordered your fabric online you can even post an image of the fabric you purchased for your entry - just in case you do not have it in hand yet. This will be a fun way to see what everyone has planned and give you a chance to win an awesome prize.
This weeks Giveaway is a GOOD one!
15 Fat Quarter bundle of Paintbrush Studio - Painter’s Palette solids (used in my original Flower Shop Quilt)
Olfa Bundle: 28 mm quick change rotary / 4.5” square frosted acrylic ruler / 12” rotating rotary mat
Fat Quarter bundle of Marigold colorway from the upcoming line Flower Market by A Beautiful Mess for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics. (I used the green floral print as the backing on my Flower Shop Quilt)
How to win week one prize -
Week one entries open April 22nd - April 28th
Follow directions on this Instagram post, share additional images for extra entries / Instagram profiles must be public.
Share your fabric pull on this weeks Facebook post for one entry
No international entries
Winners picked randomly on April 28th
I wish you all good luck on the giveaway and cannot wait to see your progress as the Quilt Along progresses! This week I will be hopping on Instagram to help out with any questions and also Facebook to share videos of cutting / using template.