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Lining up strips of fabric easily for a modern baby quilt

 

Yesterday we started the Cosmic Fusion baby quilt. Now that you have your Cosmic Fusion strip sets made, it’s time to cut them into the lengths required for your modern baby quilt. Begin by straightening one edge of the strip set. I like to use one or more of the lines on my ruler as additional guides to make sure the edge is really straight. Just align the line on your ruler with one of the seams before cutting.

 

Use the lines on your ruler to help you straighten the edge of the strip set.
Use the lines on your ruler to help you straighten the edge of the strip set.

 

Use the diagram below as a cutting guide to cut your strip sets into units. Pay careful attention to the orientation of the strips in each strip set. You may have to add 1 or 2 more strips if your strip sets aren’t long enough.

 

Cutting diagram for the strip sets
Cutting diagram for the strip sets

 

Once the units are all cut out, it’s a good idea to put them on a design wall or on the floor, so you can check the overall design. Try to avoid having 2 identical fabrics next to each other. Sometimes you can just turn a strip, end for end, to avoid having this happen.

Here are my units on the design wall, all ready to sew.

 

Here are my units on the design wall, all ready to sew.
Here are my units on the design wall, all ready to sew.

 

I love working with this Cosmic Fusion fabric! Northcott fabric is always excellent quality and the width is usually a full 44″.

Now that your strip sets are all ready, be sure to come back tomorrow and I’ll give you some options for sewing your Cosmic Fusion units together to make your modern baby quilt.

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1:  Making a Cosmic Fusion baby quilt!

Go to part 3: How to sew rickrack to your quilt like an expert

 

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

2 Comments

  1. Nicole Sender

    Love the quilt! Your tutorial for lining up strips of fabric is quite helpful!

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