Fussy cutting sounds easy; just cut out the part of the fabric you want to use--but how do you truly do it successfully? Today we're sharing some tips from the expert herself, Paula Nadelstern. She has a product out through C&T Publishing called VisiGrid Quilter's Template Sheets which she uses for fussy cutting. These sheets are see-through to help you position your templates on fabric, feature a grid for more precise templates, and are easy to cut, non-slip and crack-resistant.
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Here are some real-life examples using Visi-GRID, including some from Paula's most recent book, Fabricadabra.
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Here's another example of template pieces, the fabric used, and then the identical (mirror-image) pieces cut using the templates. Look carefully and you can see the outlined white triangles on the fabric.
"An Agreement of Butterflies," designed and pieced by Paula Nadelstern and quilted by Rebecca Gore, is one of the quilt designs featured in Fabricadabra.
Each butterfly body uses the same fussy cut strip for the butterfly body.
Here's a close up:
The wings are also fussy-cut, different for each butterfly. The wings are mirror images of each other.
Click here to read an interview with Paula on C&T's website.
Ready to fussy-cut some of Paula's fabric? Click here to view her Kismet collection.