Monday, May 25, 2009

Quilt Along Week 2 Cutting the Fabric for you Quilt

**Contest to win the Rowenta iron is over. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Week 2 means we have our fabric and supplies and are ready to start cutting the fabric. You gotta cut the fabric so that you have the pieces and parts you need ready to assemble quilt blocks.

You need an iron, cutting mat, rotary cutter, ruler/straight edge and fabric.

And with that I'm out. See you again next week for another installment . . .

Just kidding.




First thing you need to do is iron all of your fabric. You are aiming for nice straight cuts and nothing ruins that faster than folds, lumps and bumps in your fabric. Use a hot iron and press it all.


Ok. So here is one of my fabrics. Remember we have 1/2 yard cuts of 12 different fabrics. I have one laying out on my table. The selvages are on the east and west sides.




Fold your fabric selvage to selvage. Line the selvages up together the best that you can.



Now fold it again. And line that fold up along with the selvages as best that you can too.



Now. Rotate your fabric so that now the selvage edge is in the north position. The frayed cut edges are now in the east west position.




You want an nice, smooth, straight edge to work with so using your cutting mat as a guide, position your fabric so that you can cut that edge and even all the layers of fabric up.




Voila!




Now you are going to cut 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric. All of it. Ready. Set. Go!









After you have cut a strip you can unfold it and see that it is 2 1/2 inches by the width of the fabric (generally 45 inches). Anyhow, do the whole bit of fabric there into 2 1/2 inch strips. For this particular 1/2 yard, I got 7 strips. But that might not always be the case.

Take a deep cleansing breath. ::Ahhhhhhh::

You can do this.




After all the strips have been cut from an individual fabric you will be left with your stack of strips and little bits of scrap. Just stack up the strips and move on to the next 1/2 yard of fabric.

Rinse and repeat.




Remember earlier I said that I got 7 strips from that particular fabric? And remember I said that that wouldn't necessarily always be the case? Well, look here. When I folded my fabric selvage to selvage, the cut edges were farther apart. As a result, I had to cut more of the actual fabric in order to get those to line up. So, I ended up only getting 6 strips of this one instead of 7.

No biggie.

I've read the the book Don't Sweat the Small Stuff. And this is small stuff. So don't sweat it.






Continue this cutting process until you have cut all of your 12 1/2 yard cuts of fabric. Leave your binding fabric for later. We will do that during the binding portion of our quilt along.




Now you should have a pretty stack of 2 1/2 inch width strips.

How about a giveaway?

I bought a new iron a few weeks ago. I love it so much I thought you might like one too.



This Rowenta iron is made specially for crafters and my life hasn't been the same since I've had it.



If you'd like a shot at winning it leave me a comment here. You have until 7:00pm EDST US on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. And if you haven't joined the Flickr group yet, well . . . what is your deal? That is a great place to ask questions and find answers to all things related to this quilt along event.

Happy Memorial Day. And to my husband, Razor, it has been the best 13 years of my life. I look forward to many, many more.

-dana

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Chris and Abbie said...

Look at that sleek iron! My fabrics are crying out for an iron that handsome!

Jeff & Nicole said...

You make it all look so easy. So here I go...

s.hockett said...

Love the iron!!!!

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CJ said...

This iron would be a dream come true - NO AUTO SHUT OFF!!!
Can you tell me how many strips that we NEED to have? I am using more than the 12 fabrics so I guess I really don't need to cut each one entirely into strips. Thanks.

sallgood said...

I'm excited to get started on this! Fun,a new quilt, and maybe win an iron too!

Tamara said...

Thanks for the great quilt along - that iron looks fabulous!!!

Kelly O. said...

Happy Anniversary Dana!
Just waiting on 1 more piece of fabric to show up in my mailbox and then I'll be slicing and dicing!
that's a really cool suction-y gadget (it's late--or early--take your pick--LOL!) you have attached to your straight edge.
Is this a quilter's thing? or just a Dana thing?
Hope you had a great Memorial day!

Ruth B said...

Oh my gosh....these giveaways are amazing and wonderful. And generous. And of course fun! I ordered my fabrics and haven't gotten them yet (flights of fancy of course). Hope they get here soon so I can start cutting!

Sheri said...

I really need a new iron. I'm ready to start cutting now!

Susan said...

Let the fun begin! Dana, curious if you prewash your fabrics? Thanks so much!!

Swasey family said...

Love the iron.Please pick me.

Becky said...

I can't tell you how often I have passed by that iron at Bed Bath and Beyond and have almost bought it. It's pricey, so I have stopped myself, but I really covet it. Please pick me!

Di said...

Cutting, cutting, cutting! Can't wait to see how this turns out.

jessica said...

yup, i want that iron. fabric is almost here, will start cutting pronto!

Nicole said...

I want! I want!! :) I think I will end up making 2 quilts. I have the fabric for a child's quilt (for a boy...SO CUTE!), but I have some Flights of Fancy on the way. My daughter fell in love with the butterflies, and she is long over due for a mama made quilt. :)

Jennifer said...

I love how you describe the cutting and make it look so easy! Do you want to come and cut mine??? I love the iron - its so pretty! :)

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Dana, I'll have to get cutting tomorrow. Thank so much for this giveaway. What girl wouldn't want a new iron, specially a Rowenta.
I'll be posting on the flicker group.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Christy said...

My husband gave me a Rowenta for my birthday a few years ago. It was exactly what I wanted and I love it!

I was wondering the same thing as Susan, do you prewash your fabrics? I'm guessing, by the frayed edges, that you do.

Vanessa said...

Entering my name in for the iron ! Thank-you for organising me to take part in this quilt - along ! I will cut my fabric after the shopping has been done this morning !

Have a lovely Tuesday!

Vanessa

Alisa said...

I actually love to iron! Crazy isn't it. All that pretty fabric in my craft room is calling my name. Time to get cutting.....

Anna Fogg said...

A quilter needs only a few things; she will want more, but as far as needs go, fabric (no brainer here), needles and thread (by which my heart's fed), cutting devices and heat. I like my heat from Rowenta. Never had one, hoping I win!

rekh said...

Thank you so much for the detailed instructions on how to cut properly! I'm always changing my technique, but I never manage to figure out a good system.

Deb said...

I love, love, love detailed instructions! Thank you so much, and i'd love to win the iron!

Lotta said...

This looks so easy that I think I have to start cutting. Love your fabrics!
Please enter me in the drawing for the iron, I could really use a new one,
Lotta in Sweden

Andi said...

I'm ready to cut.
Can't believe I have to wait another whole week for the next bit!
Andi :-)

Amber said...

I don't need a new iron so pick someone else if my name somehow gets picked - just wanted to wish you a Happy Anniversary!!

Sarah C said...

I cant wait to cut my fabric! I am visiting my sister for the next 2 weeks and didnt bring any of my sewing supplies with me...looks like she is about to get a whole new set. If I win the iron I may even have to send it to her. She is starting to quilt and could really use some great products to help make things easy!

Just Susan said...

Dana,
Thank you so much for the quilt-a-long. I am in need of a good iron, so please count me in.
Susan

Libby said...

I love to iron and cut fabric! and my iron is fastly becoming junk! This is fun! Libby

Rafael's Mum said...

Hiya ! Not going for the iron (being UK) but just want to say thanks for this. I have been cutting everything single, every time... This must speed things up so much ! The only problem I have had when trying to do it folded is that at the folds the cut does not go entirely straight, but sort of sculpts out sideways, that's why I got scared... Any way to avoid this? (apart from ironing razorsharp edges, which I assume you don't want !)

becca said...

this is going to be fun- finally picked out my fabric and it needs to be ironed....what better way to iron it than with a new one. :)

troutay said...

What quilt pattern are you using?
Or did I miss that this early in the morning?
Lovely fabrics.....

Pamela S. said...

Count me in - I could use a good iron for all my sewing and this one looks wonderful! Thanks for the quilt-a-long, Dana - your instructions are fun, thorough and easy to follow!

Zeynep said...

Thanks for the week 2 instructions. I just hope I have enough fabric since I prewash everything. It would be nice to have a new iron just for quilting.

onthehilltop said...

I love that fabric!! I've been coveting that blue print.

I just stumbled across your blog and have been enjoying it!

Barbara Myltschenko said...

okay I'm a week behind but i'm catching up!

Shear Delight said...

I'd love a new iron, my current one is horrible! I've had decent luck with 1/2 yards being square but my last fat quarter project was almost a disaster because the the cuts were so wonky when I got them.

Anonymous said...

Would love to win the iron!

Kendra

Bren said...

Oh, that iron would be great!! I've always wanted one of those, I like the one I have, but a new one would be nice.
Hugs, Bren

Paula said...

The iron looks amazing! Thanks so much for a chance to win it!

Anita in Florida said...

Happy Anniversary...and thanks for making this sooo easy and fun! That iron wants to live in Florida...I just KNOW it!

Carol said...

What a great prize -- I'd love to win it!

Cynthia said...

I can't believe you're giving away that beautiful iron! I have always wanted a Rowenta. Wouldn't that be incredible if I won it? Wow.....Thanks for the oportunity!

Jacque. said...

ohhhh, lovin' that iron! All set to do my cutting. Thanks for the detailed instructions.

Jill in PA said...

I would love to win this iron!
Jill

Sharyn said...

Wheeee! I'm anxious to start cutting. I'm another one wondering if you're prewashing or not??

Dayna said...

Love the Rowenta irons. Lets see....if I find time to cut two half yard pieces per day then I can get them done in a week. Yeah!

Goddess in Progress said...

2.5" strips. Got it! Now I just... ahem... need some fabric to arrive. :-)

Never thought a point in my life would come when I would say this:
Dang, nice iron! I'd love to win that!

Mrs. V said...

I was married on Memorial Day...and every year the actual date changes and I have to think real hard to remember I was married May 28th, not May 30th, the real Memorial Day.
I would love to follow along and make a quilt with you but my life is swamped right now....sigh. All I can do is read about it, great lessons, thanks for doing this. I will take notes and refer to these posts when I finally do make my first quilt.
Hugs,
Yvonne
Thanks for the chance at a free iron, can't imagine what it does that is so special???

Little Miss Shabby said...

Yay!--Can't wait to start cutting up my little stash of fabrics. Amazing iron--pressing the fabrics before starting a quilt is such a fun little task and a great iron would make it even more fun!

Cathy said...

I also would love to win the iron. Thanks for the inspiration to get organized and start the next quilt

seemommysew said...

oh no! It's only week 2 and I'm already behind. And I'll be more behind by weeks end! I hope next week isn't too involved, because I think I'll be doing all three weeks then! :P

Claudia said...

Yay for week two! I'd love to win the iron. Thank you for such a great giveaway!

Carol said...

I'm off to search for some fabrics so I can join too. Love that iron!!

swedish fishie said...

So excited for week 2! Can't wait to start cutting up this pile o' fabric!

Wendy said...

Let me get the laundry going and the kids their breakfast, then: cut, cut, cut!!

Thank you again for teaching us!!

jlk said...

Man, I need a new iron!

Laura said...

Throw my name in the hat for the iron too.

Thanks for the tutorial@

kay said...

I need a new iron!
This one is great!

grendelskin said...

I am still using my mother-in-law's old iron - and she passed away 10 years ago!! I would LOVE a pretty new one - there is nothing as fine as having a good tool for the job at hand. I will get to my cutting straightaway, thanks for the terrific instructions!

Liz said...

Thanks for nice and clear instructions, I am excited to get going on my quilt cutting! And the iron is to die for. Maybe if you divorced the Mettler thread, the iron could be next in line:) I would love to have one like that.
Happy Anniversary as well!

Kerry said...

YA! We're cutting! Sometimes I find this part of making a quilt the most exciting! Lets see if I can get it all done today.

Pumpkin Head Baby Co said...

I am actually getting very close to needing a new iron! And I just love rowentas! I currently have one but it has been dropped so many times that I am afraid it is on its last leg. To win this would be such an answer to prayer!

Betsy said...

I have always wanted a Rowenta. I am going to cut my fabric today. Can't wait to get started!

DeeRoo said...

WhooooHoooo....today is my 50th and my iron fell on the floor last week...it still works but it leaks!:) Wouldn't that be a hoot if it came home to me?!:)

Treasuresofjoy said...

My Rowenta died and now I have been using the cheepy back up. I Love how easy you make the cutting look. I am off to give it a try!

tami_f said...

2.5" strips....even I should be able to handle that!! Hopefully I'll get to it this evening or tomorrow evening!

Tami

Myra said...

Love to try a high-end iron, never had the cash at the right time. Your colors chosen are cute.

Jill said...

A new Iron! I would love one, Sign me up :)

Connie said...

My mouth is watering... I am in major need of a new iron. The one I'm using is an $8.00 model from Family Dollar. I'm sure you get the point.
P.S. I love the colors of your fabrics together. My mouth is watering over that too!

Nanna said...

OHHHH....pretty iron. Need one for quilting.

Elizabeth said...

Looks like I will be cut, cut, cutting tonight. I would so loooove the iron. Thanks again!

alecia said...

Awesome iron. Where to I get that pressing handle for my straight edge???

sweeter than cupcakes said...

Thank you for the chance to win.

The Harris Family said...

I could use that! Fun giveaway.

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

Happy Anniversary !!! And I am so in need of a new iron! I would be one happy camper to win. ooxx`jodi

Ashley said...

That's one nice looking iron, I would love to have it!

Anita said...

Cutting, cutting, cutting. Whew! Where's the coffee? ;) Hope you have an awesome anniversary!

free indeed said...

I joined the quilt along too late for last week's giveaway, but am raring to go! I'll be cutting my fabrics today. I uploaded a pic of my batiks that I'll be using to the Flickr group yesterday. THink I'll use the same directions but narrower strips for a baby blanket also; so I may get two quilts made instead of one! I've heard alot about Rowentas...and would love to try one!

Michelle said...

Thanks for the detailed instructions. I have always wanted an iron like that but have never had the nerve to spend the money for one. Thanks for the great give-away prizes! I so enjoy your blog!

quilt530 said...

Cant wait to get started on this quilt. Jill is coming over tonight to start cutting the strips. A new iron is just the thing i need to decorate my sewing room. Sign me up, I would love to win one!!

alobsiger said...

Since my ancient Rowenta is on its last legs, I am weeping at the possibility of a new one. :-)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

I could use a new iron. I'm also using an ole cheapo. I bought mine at Walgreen's for $10. I never know which iron to buy and I can't afford to spend alot and have it not be a good one for me. I always think in terms of fabric now too. If I spend $ on something and it doesn't work the way I want/need, I always think I could have bought X amount of fabric for that price!

2 1/2" strips...a jelly roll would have worked great for this then, right?

Heidi said...

Not posting for the iron giveaway, I was curious about the purple phone handset looking device that is attached to your ruler in the pictures. What is that? Does it give even pressure across the ruler while you are cutting?

Kim said...

Ooooh, I'd love a new iron! (And before I start on the fabric that HASN'T ARRIVED YET (darn holiday mail) I need a new ironing board cover too!)

Ringed Dragon said...

I'm afraid you make this look easier than it actually is, but I'll give it a shot...sure could use a new iron...:-)

Loralynn said...

Believe it or not, I am using the same iron I got when I got married...24 years ago! I actually have been looking into a new iron as mine is finally not working properly, it has run out of steam! lol This looks like a beautiful iron! I can't wait to get started on this quilt!

Em said...

Nice Iron! I would love to have a new iron! I LOVE the fabrics you're using, and I'm so glad you're showing us how to cut the fabric so clearly! I usually end up spending so much time trying to get everything straight, and this looks pretty simple to me... I wonder how it's going to work for me since I got 3/4 yard of each instead of 1/2... - any tips??? I guess I better go get some more coordinating fabric! I only have 9 so far! I'm using Debbie Mumm... not sure of the name, but the colors are fun.... I hope to have some pictures soon...!

katevp-a said...

woweeee!

I would love love love to win that fabulous iron!!!

Kate VP-A

sydlovesfrisbee said...

Do you know how long it has been since I've ironed anything? I'm almost not sure where the iron is and definitely have misplaced the ironing board :)

Sara said...

Boy o boy o boy, do I need a new iron. I'd love to give a Rowenta a go.
Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

katrina said...

Wow, what a lovely giveaway. I would also love to have the iron, and love the quilt-along idea. I'm using it as inspiration to get a wedding present quilt done. And a scrap quilt going. :) And probably the approximately 5 other projects that I will start between now and then end of the quilt-along, let's be realistic. :)

Rafael's Mum said...

Hi Alecia, In the UK you can get that handle (The Ruler Gripper) from a company called Creative Grids. £14.63 (that's roughly $23).

Ellen said...

I would love a new iron - and a Rowenta?? Great

2miralces/Tove said...

Well, that seems easy enough I wish I could have found the new ruler I was looking for oh well, mine will do. The iron looks great. It looks alot like my cheapy for wally world. but a real good one would not hurt my feelings thats for sure.

Crystal said...

I haven't joined the quilt along, but I just might have to...

and that iron looks really nice - I just have a cheapie that cost like $15 a couple years ago. This one would be nice!

LB3K said...

Thanks for the great giveaway and the fun quiltalong! I am loving it!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the helpful info on cutting! Also would love that new iron!

Tove said...

Ok so I think I've learned another thing from this quilt along.I now know which botton to us to make it sign in and link to my page. not thats it great I just started it. thanks to all the cool gals out there that do there pages and inspired me. Well if Idon't get of this computer I'll run out of time to cut fabric. :0)

Jennifer said...

Ooooh I hope I win! My iron leaks everywhere and makes a huge mess. It would be great to have a new one. I can't wait to cut my fabrics! They are in the wash right now!

Jenny said...

I hate ironing clothes but love free stuff, ARGG! The quandary. Well maybe a nice new iron like this will make my life easier.

Looking forward to this weeks steps, whenever I get my fabric that is, holiday mail schedule threw me off too!

Nichole said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. My iron is terrible - would love a new one.

Brooke said...

Just posted a pic of my fabrics....which now need that iron! :-)

Tami said...

I'm so excited to get this one going. And what a cool iron.

Casey said...

I'd love to have a new iron!

roseylittlethings said...

Ohhh how I would love to have that iron, I have a crappy iron in my craft room!

ivyarts said...

Oooo, my iron doesn't seem to want to steam anymore so the Rowenta is looking really good.

D'Lyn said...

My iron was a wedding gift 13 years ago..... It really needs to be replaced! And I've heard the Rowenta is oh, so lovely!

Thanks so much for doing this quilt-along! I'm loving it!

asimplestitch said...

I can't wait to get started on this! I could really use a new iron, too.

Cynthia said...

I am dying for a new iron. Mine currently leaks and has fits. This would be great. Thank you for the great tutorial. Now to find some space on my cutting table!

Thanu said...

Hi,
I guess , I am late in joining this quilt along. Nevertheless, would love to start and be a part of it .Thank you for a good beginning. My blog id is http://thanuskitchen.blogspot.com/.

Sherri said...

Wow...lots of comments already...seems we all could use a new iron! Love your fabrics...I'm off to cut strips!

Jody said...

A new iron? How did you know? I can't tell you how many times my ^%%% iron leaves a mark on my fabric, and this is after I clean it incessantly...so a Rowenta would be fantastic!! Thank you for the opportunity to win a great giveaway and for inspiring us through your tutorial!
jodym7@yahoo.com

Pamela said...

I was just starting to look for a new iron. After 10 years, mine is starting to have some issues.

Can't wait to get started with the cutting!

Barbie said...

Oh, I need a new iron so badly...it is the most used appliance in my house, and let me tell you, I'm not ironing my husband shirts!

I'm still waiting anxiously for my fabric - I was going to use some from my stash, but changed my mind and ordered some Paula Prass...I really want that sewing maching too!

Thanks for the quilt along!

amylouwho said...

I love my Rowenta too!

I have to go to the dentist this morning (Boooooo) but this cutting seems like a fun alternative to eating, since I'll be all numbed up when I get back. (double boo.)

peaceliving said...

A new iron would be lovely! Too bad it can't arrive this week in time to iron all my beautiful fabrics! I'm using a bunch of old cuts of fabric that are bigger than .5 yards so the ironing part is going to be a bear. Can't wait for my new ordered fabrics to arrive later this week, too!

Laine said...

I can't wait to get started cutting later this morning. In your lst instructions you didn't mention anything about prewashing the fabrics so I didn't. I'm wondering how many others did or didn't do this? I sure could use a new iron. Enter me in drawing please.

Shirley said...

Oh, I need a new iron. Mine is approximately 30 years old.

Shelly G said...

I can't wait to start cutting!! Awesome iron!!

ferne said...

Nice tutorial! Love the music to go along with it, too. The iron looks like a really nice one and who couldn't use a good iron...count me in.

Thanks!

Nancy said...

Oh,just in time....my little non-steam $3 garage sale iron is on it's last legs....

Lovely tute...

Valerie said...

Since you made it look so easy, well, maybe, just maybe, I'll get my fabrics out today...:)

Thanks for a fun quilt-a-long and awesome giveaways!

susan said...

good thing i just put a new blade in my cutter..something i hardly have to do up here in da UP. on kauai it was like everytime since they rusted so quickly.

that is a mighty fine looking iron and since mine is old and leaks this would be great!

Maggie said...

Thank you for hosting this amazing giveaway. My iron is living with my ex-boyfriend two states away. I've been borrowing a friend's iron (which sucks) for about a month.

Kristi said...

I am excited for this quilt! and if you will ship to Canada- sign me up for this give away!

Meg said...

What a great give away! I need the perfect iron, I went through 5 of them last year!

Kim said...

Hurrah for cutting out! Is it weird that I love this part? Does that mean I'm destructive....or just excited to get started?

Valerie said...

YEAH! I am going to put a fresh blade in my rotary cutter and start cutting today! I love Rowentas- mine is on it's last leg so winning one would be awesome right about now.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Happy Anniversary you two!!

I'm glad this is up, I'm itching to cut my new fabrics :)

Terri said...

Okay, here we go. It may be this weekend before I get to cutting, but get to cutting I will! Happy Anniversary, I think??? :)

Terri

Cherold said...

I love your fabrics...you make it look sooo easy!

Cheri
cheris56@yahoo.com

Jenny said...

I NEED NEED this iron!!! Thank you for the chance!

Ashley said...

Your stack of cut fabric looks so pretty! That iron looks great too. Hope I get the chance to try it out! :)

Michele said...

I'm always looking for iron testimonials! Thanks!

DianeCK7 said...

Wow...clearly a Rowenta iron is a big motivator; there are a lot of comments in a short period of time. I'm ready to go home and get cutting tonight. Thanks for the instructions and the opportunity to participte.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Oooo laa laa, that's one nice looking iron!!

Helen said...

I running a little behind !! - waiting for my fabrics to arrive from Fabric Worm . . . making an Any Butler halter, free motion quilting a biggie, and scheduled to make a wedding cake for this Sunday . . . aaaah! I can do this!

Stella said...

oh I have coveted a Rowenta since I worked at Bed Bath & Beyond and walked past them drooling on a regular basis. I would LOVE to win one!!

rachel griffith said...

yayyy!!!
it's cutting time!!!

{happy anniversary yall!!!}

Winona said...

I would love a new iron. I am going to get my fabric all cut as soon as I get dh off to work. Winona

the mama monster said...

eek i still have to gather some more fabrics. i would love a new iron. and happy anniversay!

Anna said...

GREAT cutting instructions -- I hate ironing, but I know it will get me better results...sigh. But, an iron with no auto-off? AMAZING!!!

AnnieOfBlueGables said...

I'm already behind. Still deciding on the 12 fabrics! Yikes.
Hope I catch up.
I'd LOVE the iron, thanks for the giveaway.
::crossing my fingers::
I love this quilt along, thanks
~a

Gail said...

My iron is approximately 39 million years old. Dinosaurs used it. I'm not sure what they ironed, but they ironed something with this very ancient iron. Plus, dinosaurs were cheap, so they bought like a 10 dollar iron 39 million years ago.

And now I have it. Heee.

Mama J said...

I'm scared to always cut my fabric, but I trust you! Ironing is always time consuming, but not if I had that new iron :)

Robin said...

ooohhh! can't wait to cut into my flight of fancy fabrics...still waiting on 5 half yard cuts, but they should be here today and then I am cutting into them! Yay!

Karen G said...

I really need a new iron! Mine spills out water every time I set it back down after ironing...... :(
My fabric is on its way. Hope to get it cut by the end of the week. I'm using Daisy Chain.

Greentechmama said...

I could really use a new iron. =) I'm waiting for my fabric, sooo excited!

lil said...

wow, a new iron, that would be perfect, my old one is dying, lol

and thanks for this lovely quilt-along

capello said...

my husband broke my iron, yes BROKE MY IRON. it was cheap but worked fantastically.

i've had two replacements, both work horribly bad. i would love, love, love a properly-working iron.

and hey, i should blame my lack of quilting on the iron. YEAH, ON THE BAD IRONS.

~Michelle~ said...

Hmm, that iron is interesting... I'm not sure if the no auto shut-off is a good feature - I tend to leave things plugged in and leave, which drives my husband CRAZY! I suppose I would just have to make the effort if I win it! ;)

Cassie said...

I would love the iron too, it sounds like I'm not the only one with a crappy iron. My iron has a fold down handle and I bought it about 10 years ago for traveling... maybe one day I will get a new iron if not in this give away.

I am looking forward to cutting the fabric, couldn't remember if anything was said about prewashing the fabric or not... if we need to then I should get to that today... :)

Thanks!

Wanda said...

Happy Anniversary.....may you have many more together.

Rowenta is THE BEST iron EVER!

I only use that one!

Fabulous prize!

LouAnne said...

I love my ancient Rowenta iron and daily worry that will die one day when I'm in the midst of a project like this. Would be very nice to have a backup should that happen! Off now to cut my strips!

J said...

Thanks for the great quilt-a-long, explanation and the iron giveaway!

Angela said...

I'm ready to start cutting and am a little nervous. Thank you for putting this all together and if I win an iron in the process, Yea!
By the way, Happy Anniversary.

Chantie said...

Thanks for the instructions! So easy to follow. Cool iron--I must admit, I wouldn't mind winning it!! Thanks!

erin said...

okay i cant start a quilt now because we are moving soon but i cant wait until i can - i bought the candy bar pattern after seeing yours - wish you would do a sew a long for it!!! ;)

Erynn said...

I really need a new iron. Mine spits and make brown spots on my fabric. Fingers crossed.

MelissaS said...

Not more 2 1/2 strips! I've been cutting 2 1/2 strips all weekend for another project. Oh well, here I go!

And yes, pretty please let me win the iron!

Jane said...

I JUST put that iron on my wish list at Amazon!! I'm so hoping that RANDOM.ORG loves me for once!!

Jane

Thanks again for doing this quilt-along and all the great chances to try to win something!

Meg said...

I desperately need a new iron!

Thanks for the tutorial on cutting strips of fabric. You make it look so easy!

Kymy said...

I picked up a used one at thrift shop for $2 a while back & I LOVE it. But I fear every time I use it could be the last... sometimes the auto shut off goes wonky! Better go cut some strips!

mdmickey said...

My iron is a mess!!! I really need a new iron.:)

Kellie said...

this is soooo flippin' exciting! how in the world can i get so excited over a stack of fabric strips!! geesh! thank you thank you thank you!

imquilternity said...

Call me crazy, but I LOVE to iron! Always have. My quilting friends always tease me about it, but I have the flattest and smoothest quilt tops in the group! :)) And, my iron just died so I NEED a new one.

Heather said...

Can't wait to get started on my quilt! Thanks for the chance to win the iron.

joanna wilde said...

wow. you've got all sorts of wonderful treats popping up on this quilt along! maybe i'll get lucky. fingers crossed!

Lori Hudson said...

I really need that iron. My iron is in awful shape. Can't wait to get started cutting.

Andee said...

Loving the step by step...very motivating. Here's hoping I win an iron!

Sabra said...

Wow, a give-a-way always brings in the comments. Love this quilt-a-long thing. Thanks, Dana.

Darcy said...

Loving the quilt along -- it's fun to have simple steps to complete each week. Thanks for the giveaway!

Shelly B. said...

Love the quilt along idea...I would join in, but I have oodles of projects that I am working on in preparation for a new baby to arrive in August! A new iron would be fabulous for all my projects! Count me in!

Trish said...

I have been looking to buy a new Iron just for quiling! I have heard great things about this iron.

Rochelle said...

My last good iron went up in flames a couple months ago. The cheapy replacement is not working out. What a great give away and the fabrics are gorgeous.

Taya said...

I would love me a new iron! Off to do some cutting of my lovely fabrics.

scottylover said...

Thanks for the tutorial on how to cut strips. I never seem to be able to get them straight with no ">" in the middle. I think I'll be able to do it now!

Erin said...

Love the new iron! Love Rowentas! I adore your site and all the projects you post!

KIM said...

EEEEEEKKKK!!! Here I got. OOOO that iron sure looks alot nicer than mine, thats been dropped so many times its held together with duct tape. LOL what can I say... hubby says Im thrifty, not cheap so I'll go with that. Thanks for all the pictures, I needed them, Im off to cut.. with me luck!

epban said...

What a great prize! Can't wait to get off work and cut my strips!

Small Fox said...

My iron has been slowly dying, so this would be perfect!

Peggie said...

Using a hand-me-down now. A new iron would be woo-hooie!!!

Anonymous said...

Would love to win the iron. I have the strips cut! I'm impressed that I am still up to date!!

Kari said...

I've never cut my strips exactly like that. As soon as I post I'm going to go try it. Thanks!!!

michelle carter said...

Well, I'd love to win a new iron, how fab is that?

I've just started quilting again, after a long hiatus, so we'll see what I can do. I'll join the flickr group tonight!
eudoraclare@gmail.com

MichelleB said...

The tutorial is looking great so far! I can hardly wait to see all of the finished quilts.

Alyssa said...

My iron is leaking. I could so use a new one.

Looney Tooney said...

What is the suction cup looking thingy that you have sitting on top of the clear ruler guide? I just use my hand to press the guide down and at times the guide wants to slip and I end up making a wrong cut. Thanks in advance.

sandra said...

i am so excited to see the finished quilt! thanks for having such great giveaways! my mom always hands down her iron to me so i would LOVE to win this one!

thanks again!
xo sas

Andrea said...

I love simple cuts like this! Can't wait to see it all come together!

Marie said...

I really really want to jump in on this and really wanted to get some Paula Prass fabric to do it, but haven't had a chance to order it...hope I'm not too late. I guess I'll just have to work super fast when I do get it. I've never made a quilt and I look forward to trying this!

Janet said...

Your step by step procedure is working well for me. Like taking a class in my own home, thank you!

Isa said...

I would love to win a new ironer.
My old one is getting... well.. old :-)

angela said...

i still need to get me some fabric...

Janna said...

I'm iron shopping right now! The steam no longer works on mine :(

trish said...

Can you tell us what that pinky/purpley thing is? I assume you use it to hold your fabric down nice and tight so it doesn't move when you cut it, but I don't remember that being in the list of supplies!

Cassidy said...

No auto shut-off? Awesome! I thought that little safety would be a handy feature when I bought my old model, but it is really just a nuisance.

Daisy said...

I am new to your site but wow what a giveaway. Count me in.

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