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One Fabric Kaleidoscope Quilt pattern by Jason YenterOne Fabric Kaleidoscope Quilt pattern by Jason Yenter










One fabric Kaleidoscope quilt pattern by Jason Yenter featuring Unusual Garden fabric by in the beginning fabrics

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Fussy cutting for machine piecing...have you tried it yet?

Posted 14/10/2016

Fussy cutting is becoming the norm in EPP (English Paper Piecing) but have you tried fussy cutting when machine piecing or machine applique?

When I ordered the fabric range Mystic by Valori Wells I knew I wanted to make something special with it as I love the challenge of not cutting fabric into small pieces, but leaving them relatively large to show them off. 

Mystic fabric collection by Valori WellsMystic fabric collection by Valori Wells


The pattern I chose is It's a Breeze by Lynne Wilson Designs. I love Lynne's patterns as they are easy to follow, often use precuts, which makes them easy for shops to kit and they look harder to make than they actually are.

47073 It's A Breeze Quilt Pattern $847073 It's A Breeze Quilt Pattern $8

As you can see in the photo above, the design has many fussy cutting opportunities. the breeze part of this pattern is that the diamonds are appliqued on top of the backgrounds, so no diagonal piecing is necessary.

There are are six blocks in the design and each fabric is assigned a letter and is placed in each block accordingly. As I chose each fabric I would decide where to fussy cut it to show off the designs. (see the blocks below)

Its a Breeze block 1Its a Breeze block 1

I chose to cut the diamonds out of applique paper, which you iron on the back to the fabric and cut out with a 1/4" seam allowance. You then use a glue stick to turn the edges over and I appliqued in place with a blanket stitch on the machine. When I chose the fabric for the diamonds I have a lot of fun fussy cutting the diamonds for each block.

It's a Breeze appliqueIt's a Breeze applique

 Here is Block 2

It's a Breeze block 2It's a Breeze block 2

Block 3

It's a Breeze block 3It's a Breeze block 3

Block 4

It's a Breeze block 4It's a Breeze block 4

Block 5

It's a Breeze block 5It's a Breeze block 5

Block 6

It's a Breeze block 6It's a Breeze block 6

As you can see, the fussy cutting opportunities are endless. I hope you have enjoyed seeing the process and that you will try it. If you would like to purchase a kit in this colourway, they are available in store and online for $228.95 which includes the Pattern, Mystic fabric and Kona Solid fabric for top and binding and 1m Polyfuse applique paper.

If you would like to pick and choose from another range, you need a minimum of 60cm of nine different fabrics and 50cm of plain fabric and 50cm for binding. In my version I used a bit more of five fabrics to allow for my fussy cutting.

It's a Breeze quilt topIt's a Breeze quilt top

Can't wait to quilt it now, there is lots of negative space to play in. See it next time you visit us.