A Tutorial on How to Cut Fabric for Quilting: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Are you interested in making a quilt, but not sure how to get started? This blog post will teach you everything you need to know about cutting fabric for quilts, from the different types of quilts to choosing the right fabric and cutting it correctly. By the end of this post, you’ll be ready to start piecing together your own beautiful quilt!

The Different Types of Quilts.

Pieced quilts

Pieced quilts are made up of small pieces of fabric sewn together to create a larger design. The most common type of piecing is called patchwork, which is when the fabric is cut into squares or triangles and then sewn together in a repeating pattern. Other types of piecing include foundation piecing (sewing fabric onto a paper or stabilizer foundation) and English paper piecing (sewing fabric around paper templates).

Appliqued quilts

Appliqued quilts are made by sewing appliques onto a background fabric. Appliques can be made from any type of fabric, but they are usually made from felt, wool, or cotton fabrics. They can be sewn on by hand or machine, and they can be applied using fusible webbing.

Whole-cloth quilts

Whole-cloth quilts are made from a single piece of fabric, usually a cotton muslin or calico. The fabric is often pre-washed and starched before it is cut and quilted. Whole-cloth quilts can be decorated with embroidery, applique, or paint.

Mixed-media quilts


Mixed-media quilts are made from a variety of different materials, including fabrics, papers, ribbons, lace, and buttons. They can be pieced together like traditional patchwork quilts, or they can be assembled using collage techniques.

How to Choose the Right Fabric for Your Quilt.

Consider the pattern

When you’re choosing fabric for a quilt, the first thing you’ll want to consider is the pattern. Do you want a pieced quilt, an appliqued quilt, a whole-cloth quilt, or a mixed-media quilt? Each type of quilt requires different fabrics.

Pieced quilts are made up of small pieces of fabric sewn together to form a larger design. The most common type of pieced quilt is the patchwork quilt, which is made up of squares or rectangles of fabric sewn together. Appliqued quilts have designs that are created by sewing smaller pieces of fabric onto a larger piece of fabric. Whole-cloth quilts are made from one large piece of fabric, and mixed-media quilts use a combination of different fabrics and techniques.

Consider the colors

The next thing to consider when choosing fabric for your quilt is the color scheme. You can choose fabrics that are all one color, two colors, or many colors. You can also choose prints or solids, or a combination of both.

If you’re using more than one color in your quilt, you’ll want to decide if you want the colors to blend together or contrast with each other. Blending colors gives your quilt a more unified look while contrasting colors will make your quilt more vibrant and eye-catching. You’ll also want to think about whether you want your fabrics to be light or dark, warm or cool.

 Can I cut quilt squares with fabric scissors?

Yes, you can cut quilt squares with fabric scissors. The best way to do this is to use a rotary cutter and a cutting mat.

Consider the fabric itself

Finally, you’ll need to think about the actual fabric itself. Quilts can be made from a variety of different fabrics, such as cotton, linen, wool, silk, and polyester. Each type of fabric has its unique properties that will affect how your quilt looks and feels.

Cotton is the most popular choice for making quilts because it’s inexpensive and easy to work with. It’s also available in a wide range of colors and prints. Linen is another popular choice for making quilts because it has a natural fibers content similar to cotton but is stronger and more durable  Polyester is often used in making synthetic batting for machine washable Quilts. It can also be used as a backing material because it doesn’t shrink when laundered. Silk has excellent drape qualities which give Quilts an elegant look but it can be difficult to work with due to its slippery nature. Wool provides good insulation so it’s often used in making winter bedding Quilts. It can also be expensive and difficult to find in stores.

How to Cut Fabric for a Quilt.

What is Rotary cutting?

The first and most common method for cutting fabric is rotary cutting. This method uses a rotary cutter, which is a handheld circular blade that can quickly cut through multiple layers of fabric at once.

To rotary cut, first, measure and mark your fabric according to the pattern or design you are using. Then, line up the rotary cutter blade with your marked lines and cut through all layers of fabric at once.

One advantage of rotary cutting is that it is very fast and efficient, especially if you are cutting multiple pieces of fabric at once. However, it can be more difficult to achieve precise cuts with a rotary cutter, so it is important to take your time and be careful when using this tool.

What is Die cutting?

Die cutting is a method of cutting fabric that uses a die-cutting machine to cut out shapes from fabric. This method is often used for quilts that have appliqued or pieced designs, as it can create perfect little shapes that would be difficult to cut by hand.

To die cut, first choose the die (or dies) that you want to use for your project. There are many different dies available, so make sure to choose ones that will work well with the size and scale of your quilt. Then, simply feed your fabric through the die-cutting machine and let it do its work!

Die cutting is a great way to achieve precise cuts, but it can be slower than other methods like rotary cutting. Additionally, die-cutting machines can be expensive, so they may not be an option for everyone.

What Is Fussy Cutting?

Fussy cutting is a method of cutting fabric that allows you to showcase a particular motif or design element in your quilt. To fussy cut, simply select the area of your fabric that you want to showcase and then carefully cut around it using scissors or a rotary cutter.

This method takes a bit more time than some of the others, but it can add interest and visual appeal to your quilt top. Just be sure not to fussy cut too much—after all, quilts are meant to be functional as well as beautiful!

There are many different ways to cut fabric for a quilt. The best method for you will depend on the design of your quilt, the type of fabric you are using, and your own personal preferences. Whichever method you choose, just be sure to take your time and be careful—after all, there’s nothing worse than ruining a perfectly good piece of fabric!

Does Fussy Cutting Waste Fabric?

No, fussy cutting does not waste fabric. In fact, it can actually save fabric because it allows you to be very precise with your cuts. This means that you can avoid wasting fabric by cutting away only the parts that you need.

 How to Put Your Quilt Together.

Assemble the quilt top

To assemble the top, you will first need to gather all of your fabrics and cut them into the correct sizes. Once you have all of your pieces cut, you will need to sew them together using a sewing machine or a needle and thread. Start by sewing the large pieces together, then sew the smaller pieces onto those. Continue until all of the pieces are sewn together.

Layer the quilt

After you have assembled the quilt top, it is time to layer the quilt. This is done by placing a piece of backing fabric on a flat surface, then placing the quilt top on top of that. Next, place a layer of batting on top of the quilt top. Finally, place another piece of backing fabric on top of the batting.

Quilt the quilt

Now it is time to actually quilt the layers together. This can be done by hand or with a sewing machine. If you are going to hand-quilt, you will need to use a needle and thread to stitch through all three layers of fabric. If you are using a sewing machine, set it up with a walking foot attachment and stitch through all three layers in a straight line. Start at one end of the quilt and work your way to the other end.

Bind the quilt

Binding is simply wrapping fabric around the edge of your finished quilt sandwich (top + batting + backing) in order to neaten and secure raw edges before displaying or laundering your completed project. There are two ways that you can bind your quilts:

1) By machine: this involves stitching binding strips around the entire perimeter of quilts and joining mitered corners by machine before attaching to the raw edges of the quilts and completing the process by hand; or

2) By hand: this method entails stitching binding strips around the entire perimeter of the quilts and joining mitered corners by hand before attaching them to the raw edges of the quilts and securing them with knots.

What Are Quilt Fabric Precuts?

Quilt fabric precuts are pieces of fabric that have been cut into specific sizes and shapes. These precuts can be used to make quilts, clothing, and other sewing projects.

What Are The Names For Quilting Fabric Precuts?

There are many different names for quilting fabric precuts. Some of the most common include fat quarters, charm packs, and jelly rolls. Fat quarters are typically 18″ x 22″ pieces of fabric, while charm packs are usually 5″ x 5″ squares. Jelly rolls typically contain 2.5″ x 44″ strips of fabric.

Transform UFOs and Patterns to QAYG

Quilt, as you go, is a great way to use up scraps and make interesting patterns. It’s also a fast and easy way to make a quilt. To get started, you’ll need a UFO (unfinished quilt top) or a quilt pattern. Then, you’ll cut the fabric into strips and sew them together. Once you have all of your strips sewn together, you’ll start quilting them together. You can do this by hand or by machine. When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful and unique quilt and one of a kind.

Turn T-Shirts into Quilts with QAYG

Turning old T-shirts into quilts is a great way to recycle and upcycle. You can make a quilt top using the technique of quick piecing, or you can use a traditional piecing method. Either way, you’ll end up with a cozy and unique quilt that will be sure to become a family favorite.

If you’re interested in making a quilt, the first step is to choose the right fabric. Consider the pattern, colors, and type of fabric you want to use. Once you’ve chosen your fabric, it’s time to cut it. You can rotary cut, die cut, or fussy cut your fabric. Finally, assemble the quilt top, layer the quilt, quilt the quilt, and bind the quilt. Quilts are a great way to show off your creativity and add a personal touch to your home décor.