25 March, 2013

Cut First


 Look at me! Cutting all in advance of sewing. That is a seriously big deal, folks. The vast majority of work that I do starts with me sewing, not planning. Even my book quilts generally start with a little bit of sewing before I stop and figure out what I'm actually doing. But this time I drew the pattern and cut everything before I sewed a stitch.

This is what is becoming of the necklace inspired fabric pull. It has a destination and pattern that will be available in not too long.  Pretty excited to share it with you. It's a rather cool quilt with a really awesome final destination. Soon.


What about you? Are you a cut everything first quilter? Or would you rather start then sew a little?

13 comments:

Lee D said...

I am a cut a little sew a little kind of quilter.

elle said...

I cut lots then leap in with a jump that scatters what I cut all over the place. Have I told you that I eally like your blog header. Makes me happy every time I see. ah, life!

sewkatiedid said...

I sew a little and it usually develops from there unless it is a more traditional quilt. Have fun!

Will I see you at market? Let's have tea if you are coming!

Esch House Quilts said...

I usually cut as much as I can first because it isn't my favorite part and I hate to stop and do more cutting when I'm doing the fun sewing part :)

~Michelle~ said...

Cut everything first!

Caro said...

I am a planner! I know my entire cut list and piece count before I even pick fabrics.

Jolene said...

I almost always cut as i sew. I tend to get bored easily if everything is planned out ahead. Making design/fabric choices is the best part of making a quilt, so i like to spread it out. a few times when I have followed a pattern and cut it all out ahead, it takes me by surprise how much faster it all goes together! Can't wait to see your pattern!

CitricSugar said...

Depends on the project. I tend to vary… If working from a set pattern, I almost always cut everything first so I don't have to stop once i get going and so that I know how much room I have for mistakes in my leftovers, and so I can still get the same fabric (if it's crucial ) in case the project sits for a while. I almost never cut backs ahead of time as I usually piece those from leftovers and tend to be quite improv-y with them.

I don't always know where I'm going with things. I'd probably waste less with foundation piecing if I cut first but that seems like too much work...

Mary said...

Cut a little, sew a little, cut more, then sew more.

I like not ruining all my fabric in case I hate it or change plans (which happens a lot!)

Sowing Stitches said...

When 'production' quilting I cut everything first. When I get on a 'roll' I hate to stop and cut more pieces. Beulah

Sarah said...

I sew together one block because I'm so excited to see what they are going to look like, then go back and cut all of the pieces. I like to chain piece so need all the pieces ready in a bit of a production line.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

I cut strips ahead and lay them over the rack my hubby built me but I don't cut them specific to any given piece. I improv Every Little Thing all the time. Might have to try that PlanAhead once

amandajean said...

You know me. I'm a cut and sew kinda girl. Because I, like you, never quite know where I am gonna end up. It's fun that way!