This week I am sharing my tips for making the lovely fussy cut centers. I never need to blind cut or even guesstimate with my rulers when I have a simple and inexpensive template!
The template I am going to show you how to make can be used for many different blocks. You can customized to fit your piecing needs!
I am going to show you how to make this template using the current blocks I have been working on using the Economy Block pattern from Generations Quilt Patterns. I am using the 4" finished block at the pattern can be found here.
For the template you will need:
Parchment paper ( not freezer paper)
A fine tip Sharpie or pen
Print up your pattern and trim. Cut a piece a parchment paper larger than the area you want you for your fussy cut. This is not exact since these can be used for almost any fussy cut block.
With your sharpie or pen and a ruler, trace the center block, the 1/4 seam mark and I add another 1/4 seam on the outside.
I always like to create a little wiggle room for my fussy cuts. Most of mine are from out of print fabrics and if I cut too much, it is wasted fabric. I have never been disappointed in adding a little wiggle room!
Select a fabric you LOVE! I love this Munki Munki Figaro print!
If you do not know the difference in parchment and freezer paper, this is why it needs to be parchment and not freezer.
Freezer paper is thicker and more difficult to see through. It is FABULOUS for other tricks in the sewing room but this paper needs to sit on the bench for this game!
Parchment paper on the other hand is the best way to see what you are doing when making the fussy cut template.
With the parchment paper, you can see through the template well enough to see that sweet Figaro fits perfectly into the square!
I like to use a sharp flat head pin to secure the template over the desired fussy cut. Sometime I will move it once or twice to make sure it is exactly where I want it to be.
Then take a deep breath and trim! I have a broken ruler that I use for this type of trimming. I do not need a big ruler and I LOVE that I can still make use of one that was broken.
Before you know it, you will have a whole stack of adorable fussy cuts ready to be made into blocks!
I also made a super short video for how I make my template pattern.
This is an easy and inexpensive way to safe your precious fabrics and possibly some sanity too!