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 -