ready? set. go! week one.

ok, ya'll.
are you ready to get this party started?
First I want you lay your fabric out all pretty like, then take a photo of it...then put a link in the comments on this post.
I want to see whatcha workin' with.
I'm going to do my best to explain each step just as simply as I can and still be clear.
If you find that I am not so clear...then you can leave your questions in the comments and I will answer them there.
OR you can pop on over to Old Red Barn Co and see how they did the quilt-along.

Now you want to start with nice smooth fabric. If it is ridiculously bumpy and crinkled up then you will probably have to iron it.
I didn't iron at all for this part...I just make sure everything is smoothed out and there are no folds in the fabric.
Ok...holding your fabric lengthwise...you will want to line up the two selvage edges....like when you make a card and you fold the paper in half...you line up the two sides nice and straight.
Smooth it out making sure there are no folds or bumps and keep the edges even with each other.
You will have the two selvage edges and the fold.
Next, you will want to line up the fold with the selvage edges by folding it in half again.
So you are basically folding the half yard in half once and then again...lining up only the selvage edges and the fold...we will take care of the messy edges in a minute.
See? Nice and neat.
Now turn your fabric so that your nice neat selvage edges can be lined up along one of the lines on your cutting mat...it doesn't matter which just so that it is lined up nice and vertical to the vertical lines on your mat---you can click on the photo to make it bigger.
Then pick a line on your cutting guide and line that up with your selvage edges too.
Make yours look like mine above...you are basically trying to clean up the cut of the fabric and make right angles and straight lines.
Make sense?
Then, with your cutting guide as close to the edge as you can get while still cutting all of the folds of the fabric you make your nice straight cut with your rotary cutter.
No more messy edge.
Rotate it again and line it up like the above...see how nice and crisp that corner is?
This is the hardest part, I promise...unless you hate to iron like me, then this is the second hardest part. :)
Now...keeping your fabric nice and lined up like the above, use your cutting guide to mark off two and a half inches in from the side...line up the guide at the top and the bottom of your cutting mat to be sure you are cutting straight.
Then take a deep breath and using your rotary cutter...CUT!
Do that again every 2 1/2 inches.
You will get 6-7 loooong strips like this depending on the cut of your fabric.
Repeat this process with all of your yardage.

How was that?
Please tell me how I can make this better if it is too confusing
or if you don't get what I am saying or if you need more photos.
I hope I didn't make it seem harder than it is...you are just cutting long straight cuts of fabric that are 2 1/2in wide.

Leave any questions in the comments and don't forget to show us your fabrics!

xo


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13 comments:

Tammy said...
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Tasha said...

Now what does this quilt look like? Is it like the other one? Love the fabrics!! You are getting me to want to go out and start into the quilts I want to make too! I might just be following this tutorial :)

Jennifer said...

Wahoo!!! So excited! I love my fabric!

http://loveyoumucho.blogspot.com/2009/08/quilt-along-week-1.html

Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

me likey that stained glass in pink...
need it.
great instructions!!!
i might steal your quilt when you are done.
just saying.

Aurora said...

Ohhhh, I love your fabrics! So I started with the ORB quilt along, and then vacation {and life in general} got in the way...so maybe I'll finish mine along with you all! Here is a link to my original fabrics:
http://piersonnest.blogspot.com/2009/06/fabric-yumminess.html

Chance said...

Oh, I have so been waiting for this day!!!

Here is my fabric...well...11 pieces...still looking for my 12th...will get it this week. : )

http://acapriciousperspective.blogspot.com/2009/08/its-here-its-yellow.html

mommyholly said...

OK Crystal, your amazing quilt has inspired me to get myself back into quilting!! Here are my fabrics, all chosen from my fabric stash!! :)

http://mommyholly.blogspot.com/2009/08/break-out-fabric.html

Can't wait until next week, yay! Thanks for hosting this fun project, xoxox! -Holly

NicNacManiac said...

Love your fabric choices!! I just might follow your tutorial...you make it look so easy!!
Can't wait to see how it turn out!!
Have fun xOxO

Lauren said...

Here are mine!

http://homes1ck.blogspot.com/2009/08/keeping-busy.html

Trish said...

I've been itching to make a quilt for quite awhile, so this is just the reason I've needed!! You can see my fabric here: http://ketelcopia.blogspot.com/2009/08/did-someone-say-quilt-long-im-so-in.html.

I'm soo excited!!

emily said...

OK,home from my vacation, and my fabric was waiting for me :)

http://www.thewhitehallcraigs.com/2009/08/quilt-along-step-one.html

Thanks for doing this!

Jessica said...

here's my fabric crystal!!! :)

http://laizydaisydesigns.blogspot.com/

Mary Elizabeth said...

i love that you are doing a quilt along!!! after seeing your quilt you just got back and the one that julie @ joy's hope did - i am picking my fabric out to make one too! love it!

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