The quilt that I have been working on is called Spanish Rose, by Pear Valley Designs (Ronda Beyer and Jill Kroll). I took a class a few years ago at MQX and started it before I went to the class. I came home with the feathered star and white background completed. And then it sat on the shelf until last week.
Now I am up to the star borders. That border requires LOTS of cutting. Several others who were in the class have also stalled on their quilt… and are now encouraged to drag it out and get it done.
To help those folks (especially Gretchen), this post is an effort to make their cutting experience a little quicker.
I read all the directions and figured out which pieces could be cut from 2 sizes of strips. This simplifies the cutting so you can cut ALL the colored star parts at one time, rather than cutting out each individual star.
Cut the background fabric as directed.
Choose 16 different fabrics. I used fat quarters. Then realized I had lots more fabric than I needed. There are 16 Large stars with a Small star inside. By using 16 fabrics, I get a large and a small of each color. I also used those same 16 fabrics to cut the Small Single stars. I cut 2 of each which is 8 too many. I will be able to play with color placement that way and may use the extras on the back. Or in something else. Whatever.
I made little paper tags to pin on each stack of color pieces, once cut. I used the same numbers as in the directions, but prefaced it with L for large, S for small and SS for small single. (I also labeled my background pieces with the same system)
Cut 2 strips from each fat quarter that are 2.5″x18″.
Cut 2 strips from each fat quarter that are 1.5″x18″.
(note: you could cut 1 strip of each wof, but will need to figure out yourself when to open it to one layer.)
Using the pathetic chart below, subcut your strips into the pieces listed.
I hope that helps. If it is as clear as mud, make sure you let me know where I failed.