Sunday, December 12, 2010

LHQ - Rotary Cutting - Overview

LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - Rotary Cutting - Overview

Note - these instructions are written in LEFTISH.  If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.

Rotary Cutting seems to be the most confusing part for a new left-handed quilter.  Everything seems to be backwards and we have a hard time wrapping our heads around it.

One of the special challenges lefties face is that we do some things left-handed and we do other things right-handed.  It's all part of our coping mechanism in this right-handed world.

Lefties don't do EVERYTHING left-handed.

So I have a quick quiz for you.

When you use a knife to cut some veggies on the cutting board - which hand do you use?

If you answered - right hand - skip this whole thing.  You can/may use a rotary cutter right-handed and follow the "directions" as they are written for the right-handed world of quilting.

If you answered - left hand - you have come to the right place.  Keep reading.  I will try to take the mystery out of this part.

First, I'll give you a quick Overview (below) - then I'll go into more detail in the next post - LHQ - Rotary Cutting - Basics.


STEP 1 - 

Gather your pressed fabric - rotary cutting mat - rotary cutter - acrylic ruler

STEP 2 - 

Line up the fabric on the mat
   Fabric to the left
   Ruler on the right

STEP 3 - 

Straighten the raw edge of the fabric

(I can think of 4 different ways to do this - but you get no choice in this part.  Choices are included in the next post.)

Cut along the left side of the ruler

STEP 4 -  

Cut strips in whatever size you want - (3" is shown in the photo below)

 STEP 5 -

Cut strips into squares, rectangles, triangles, etc. - (3" shown in photo below)


Next up - 

LHQ - Rotary Cutting - Basics

Details if you want them.

Talk to you later - gotta go -

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