How I Make My Textile Art Quilts: cutting out
The next stage in the quiltmaking process involves cutting out the quilt pieces.
The interfacing pattern is cut into individual pieces and each piece is ironed onto the correct colour fabric. I have a very systematic process for this. I work on a small, manageable section of the quilt, and have my chosen fabric colour palette laid out on my work table. I cut out the interfacing, place each piece on the correct colour, and then take the required fabrics to the ironing board to iron them on to the fabric. Once a piece of interfacing is ironed onto the correct fabric I cut around it, leaving a seam allowance.
It is not necessary for the seam allowance to be exact, because in the piecing stage I match the edges and notches of the interfacing rather than of the fabric. The interfacing remains in the quilt. I find this method the best way for me to achieve smooth and accurate piecing.
At this point the cut pieces have to be arranged into position a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. However I think I will elaborate in this further (with pictures) in the next post.
Thanks, as always, for reading – and please do let me know if anything in this series of posts so far is unclear!