Make This With Me: Have You Cut Out Your Quilt Pieces For The New Wave Quilt?

Did you know rotary cutters were invented in 1979?
Publish date:
September 6, 2014
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When last we discussed the New Wave Quilt, it was August -- what I consider to be the cruelest month because it's hide-in-your-house hot on the regular.

So, I got a ton of quilting done, right? Nope!

That's okay though because it's not a race. Sometimes projects take time -- and sometimes there's no deadline anyway.

I don't think any of us need any more deadlines.

Here's what I did accomplish: I cut out 209 wedges. That's all the wedges I need to make a queen-sized quilt. I'd say go big or go home but I'm already home so it doesn't have the same impact.

Also, I cut out all the sashing (those stripes that go in between the wedges) in two different colors: blue and red. The original pattern uses off-white to create some peaceful space between large blocks of color. My quilt is going to be a lot more obnoxious -- I mean that in a good way though, because, hey, I'm not that peaceful.

The wedges for this quilt, no matter how many of them you're cutting, really depend on the template that comes with the pattern. When you print the template, it's mega important to measure and make sure that it has printed to the correct dimensions.

Once you've got it printed, I totally recommend transferring it to a sturdier material. Template plastic is fine but, eh, whatever, it's not my thing. I used nice thick cardboard and I think it worked out well for me -- I'd be happy to use this template again.

The other advantage to using a thicker cardboard is that you can, if you so choose, put a plastic quilting ruler on top of your cardboard ruler and give yourself a generous edge to line up against.

Just don't use the cheap purple Fiskars rotary cutters -- ugh. I nicked the hell out of my ruler even with everything going for me. It was a mess and I was convinced this was going to be a totally miserable process.

Even with a fresh, sharp blade, I was only able to reliably cut through two layers of fabric at a time.

I couldn't deal. I had to go to the store and use some coupons and spring for an Olfa rotary cutter.

Olfa invented rotary cutters in 1979. Well, the founder of the company invented rotary cutters -- Mr. Yoshio Okada. He's also the guy who invented snap-off utility blades.

So, obviously: brilliant.

Also: so sharp and dangerous. A guy I used to work with with almost cut off his toe off when he didn't recognize a rotary blade on the floor and tried to kick it.

But a sharp rotary blade is mega necessary. And the Olfa did its job.

Once I got everything cut out, keeping it all in order became paramount. I'm not eager to come home and find my cats have wrecked things.

Those cats wreck all the things, y'all.

I've got a surplus of Dr. Martens shoe boxes for reasons that have to do with my inability to stay off the Dr. Martens sale page. My pieces all fit in there, so that's as fancy as my storage has gotten. You can buy clear project boxes, but as long as you keep your pieces in something, I think you'll be fine.

Getting everything cut out was a significant boost. So I sewed a column of pieces completely together -- this is one of 11 columns.

It wasn't until I got my column together that I realized just how big this quilt is eventually going to be. I mean, 94"x94" is shockingly enormous to me now that I have a tangible representation of the dimension.

Once my quilt is finished, I am not actually sure I'll be able to quilt it on my little home sewing machine. I'm not actually sure I'll be able to, like, unfold it anywhere in the house.

I'm excited.

And I really want to see what you've been up to. Did you find fabrics that you love? Have you made progress cutting out your pieces?

Have you totally shown me up and finished the whole thing? (Man, I kind of hope someone has because that kind of kick in the butt will get me super focused.)

Show me your progress in the comments. And if you've got questions, let's answer them there, too.