Cutting Scraps

I am in a little bit of a quiltmaking funk at the moment. Not sure why except work is taking a lot of brainpower. One of the results of these feelings is that I tidy. You saw the column quilt I posted the other day. That was the result of leftover pieces and blocks.

Accuquilt work on scraps
Accuquilt work on scraps

At Craft Night on Monday, I brought down a drawer full of scraps and cut them up with my Accuquilt. I made it through the whole, mostly white, drawer and came up with, perhaps, 80-100 2.5 inch squares. I’ll have a good supply for donation block backgrounds.

Author: JayeL

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

6 thoughts on “Cutting Scraps”

  1. I’ve been intrigued by these Acuquilt things. What advice would you give for someone seeking a starter set? I might need ideas for the Mister for Christmas. πŸ™‚ I would use the heck out of 2 or 2.5 inch cutting options. They are so hard on my hands to do with rulers.

    1. They are great for basic shapes. I don’t buy specialty shapes very often unless I am going to cut something really big. I also use it for long strips, like in the Renewed Jelly Roll Race quilt. If you get the fabric straight, using the cutter is a godsend. I might recommend the electric one, if you hands bother you. The crank takes some effort, especially if you try to cut 6 layers at once. I use it mostly for scraps, but I do cut Peaky and spike triangles using it. My guild has a list of people who have dies they are willing to bring to Sew Day and my SIL and I try to coordinate purchases.

      1. Thanks Jaye! I will look into the electric because yes, my hands and wrists are aging. lol I would only cut normal cuts too, so I bet there are starter sets that will make for a good Christmas gift. πŸ™‚

        I appreciate the feedback!

        1. Happy to help. Let me know what you think of the electric cutter. Some shops have cutters you can rent. You might look into it to try it out. Sizzix is another brand and I would love to have both, except for the space they take up! The Sizzix has different dies and Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s patterns are made to fit the Sizzix.

  2. So do you use triangles for the ottoman? Is there a certain kind of material? cotton ok? if triangles how long and, how wide is the bottom of the triangle?

    1. Not sure what you mean about the ottoman? What ottoman? Do you mean the tuffet from this post: https://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog/2015/12/tuffet-2-finished/? There is a pattern and/or foundations for the tuffet, depending on the method you choose. You can see some of the progress photos, which show the foundations in this post: https://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog/2015/08/tuffet-progress/

      I only use cotton fabric, but you can any fabric that won’t move in the process. If you have slinky fabric, you need to use some interfacing

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