Yesterday, I showed you how useful it is to make applique blocks using the Brother ScanNCut SDX225. But if you’re a hand piecing quilter? In this case too, the Brother ScanNCut SDX225 is stellar in cutting paper pieces, saving you money (as no other templates are required) and time when creating hexies, Dresden plate pieces, tumbler blocks or other shapes for paper piecing you’re wishing for! Let me show you how easy the process is and how to do it as the ScanNCut cuts paper and fabric.
supplies and materials
For paper pieces you’ll need:
- ScanNCut SDX225
- ScanNCut standard tack adhesive mat
- auto blade holder and blade
- 12” x 12” paper; my preference is newsprint as it’s easy to remove after stitching
I have to interject here, that the ScanNCut is quite an amazing machine as it does a multitude of things. For the purpose of this tutorial, I used colored paper so it would show up. Having said that, the Brother ScanNCut will cut through lightweight plastic and material up to 3mm thickness! I have cut stencils, leather, cork and balsa wood. You can play with these as well aside from your creative quilting designs!
- At the ScanNCut SDX225 Select Pattern, then Shapes from the main screen.
- Scroll through the patterns and select the hexagon. BA-A042.
3. I’m decreasing its size to H. 1.75” and W 2.02”.
4. Because I plan on making a lot of hexies, I’ll cut as many as will fit on the mat. In this case 30!
5. This time you’ll be cutting paper.
6. Position paper on Standard Mat.
7. Select Cut.
Before you know it, you’ll have a handful of paper piecing shapes! You’ll never run out and you’ve just saved a fortune on buying paper piecing templates.
I just love to have a pouch full of paper pieces and fabric scraps handy so I can whip up a few paper pieced pieces (that’s a mouthful) while I’m a car passenger or waiting in a line-up.
Join me tomorrow, I’ll show how using the scanning feature of the Brother ScanNCut SDX225 to scan and cut from a paper pattern.