We're back with Week 2 of our New Horizons sew along! I'm skipping the small talk and cutting straight to the chase because this week is FUN! Over the next 7 days we are cutting out all of our fabric. I know some of you dread cutting, but believe me when I say that cutting the New Horizons quilt pattern is shockingly fast and surprisingly delightful!
That's right folks. Deeeeeelightful.
New Horizons Sew Along Schedule
- Week 1, June 30 - Sponsor Fabric Stork: Pick fabric and gather supplies
- Week 2, July 7 - Sponsor Global Fiber Textiles and Notions: Cut fabric
- Week 3, July 14 - Sponsor Saltwater Fabrics: Make HST and stitch-and-flip blocks
- Week 4, July 21 - Sponsor Trace Creek Quilting: Assemble blocks
- Week 5, July 28 - Sponsor Lamb & Loom Fabrics: Assemble rows
- Week 6, August 4 - Sponsor Sewing Arts Center + custom longarm quilting for a throw New Horizons quilt from Evanston Quilt Company: Sew rows together and trim the finished quilt top
Don't forget that the only way to enter to win a prize from our weekly sponsor is to use #NewHorizonsQuiltSA on Instagram AND have a public profile. If you only have a private profile, you can create a public one just for this sew along and then delete it afterwards.
Week 2: Cut Fabric
My sew along peeps, I have 8 great tips for you this week. Follow these tips in order and by the end you will be completely finished cutting and won't believe how easy and fast it all went! Ready?
Tip #1: Snap a pic of your fabric in color order.
We will be shuffling our fabric around in the next few tips so it's not a bad idea to stack your fabrics in order from Colors 1-20 then take a quick phone pic for future reference. You can also cut snips of the fabric and tap them in order to a piece of paper or in a quilting journal.
Here's my fabric in order from bottom to top.
Tip #2: Iron your fabrics and keep them in order.
This isn't complicated. Just use some steam and iron out all of the creases and wrinkles. You can use starch if you want, but it's not necessary unless you are working with stretchy or wiggly fabrics such as linen or double gauze.
Once your fabrics are ironed, keep them in order from 1-20.
Tip #3: Make three fabric piles.
Now it's time to start shuffling our fabrics around. These three piles represent the three different shapes we will cut. Even though I'm creating different piles, it's helpful to still keep them in order.
- Pile 1: a/b pieces (which are the same) include Colors 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18
- Pile 2: c pieces include Colors 3, 7, 11, 15, 19
- Pile 3: d pieces include Colors 4, 8, 12, 16, 20
I wrote numbers 1-20 on some little slips of paper to help me stay organized. This isn't necessary, but if you're absent minded like me, it's nice.
Tip #4: Divide Pile 1 into 2 cutting piles on your cutting table and cut.
At this point you're probably thinking, "OK Suz, it's cutting week and so far all we've done is play musical chairs with our fabric."
Trust me. If you keep your fabrics in order, the cutting will be finished in the blink of an eye.
Separate your Pile 1 fabrics according to which colors are cut 3 times and which are cut 2 times. As you can see in the photo below, my left pile is colors 1, 2, 9, 10, 17, and 18, which are cut three times. And my right pile is colors 5, 6, 13, and 14 which are cut two times. The 21" side of my fat quarters are running vertically. Keeping the fabrics stacked, cut 3 - 21" strips from the left pile and 2 - 21" strips from the right pile.
That's it! You're finished with those fabrics.
NOTE: Make sure the blade on your rotary cutter is sharp enough to cut through 5 layers of fabric. You may need to get a new blade.
Before I make a cut I first lay my ruler down then thumb through the over hanging fabric to make sure they are lined up and all of the selvages will get trimmed off.
Once I know that, it's slicing time!
Tip #5: From Pile 2 cut 3 strips then sub-cut those into squares.
Once again I'm leaving my fabrics stacked. I chose to lay out this second pile so that the 18" sides of the fat quarters were running vertically. Cutting that way will make my scraps larger, but cutting either way works.
Cut three strips according the the width of piece c, then sub-cut those strips into 12 squares.
Now you're finished with those fabrics!
Tip #6: From Pile 3 cut 2 strips then sub-cut those into squares.
Leave your fabrics stacked and lay out the last pile so that the 21" sides of the fat quarters are running vertically, just like with Pile 1. Cut two strips according to the width of piece d, then sub-cut those strips into squares.
And you're finished cutting your colors. Let's cut that background fabric and we're done!
At this point I like to lay out all of my cut fabric in order. If you don't have space for this, you can stack them on top of each other in order.
Tip #7: Cut 3 background strips then sub-cut them into e pieces.
To make the throw New Horizons quilt you need 18 e pieces. Since each WOF strip yields 6 pieces, cut 3 WOF strips.
Tip #8: Use multiple rulers if needed to cut the large background squares.
To cut the large squares, that are then sub-cut into large triangles, you can use the folding technique outlined in the pattern or multiple ruler butted up against each other. I kept my background fabric folded in half so that I was cutting both squares and triangles at the same time.
That's all there is to it! You now have your fabric pieces cut. Yeehaw!
Week 2 Sponsor & Prize
This week's sponsor is a new discovery for me and what a fun treat that has been! Laura Parry, the owner of Global Fiber Textiles and Notions, has created an inspiring online shop that sells beautiful yardage, fabric bundles, thread, fabric swatch cards and notions.
The winner of this week's prize is getting an Aurifil thread pack AND a $75 gift card!
How to Win
- Post a pic to Instagram. The photo prompt for Instagram this week is to post a picture of your cut fabric. Use #NewHorizonsQuiltSA in the caption.
- You must have a public Instagram profile to participate.
- Each photo posted is an entry and you can enter as many times as you want in a single week. Once the week is over, those posts do not count in the next week's giveaway. Every week we start fresh.
- Your photo must be posted between NOW and 1:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, July 13. The winner will be picked randomly from all qualifying posts and announced at approximately 4:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, July 13.
- This prize is open to internationally.