Today I want to share with you some important tips that I have learned.
1. Use starch on your fabric. I use either best press or niagra. Niagra is less expensive and you can get at most grocery stores in the laundry section. Best press is more expensive and I only buy it if it is on sale or I have a coupon. The reason you use starch, is because you are cutting on the bias.
2. Handle your blocks carefully when they are cut. Because they are on the bias, they will stretch.
Cutting your fabric on the 45 degree angle.
Your cutting mat will usually have 3 different angle lines. A 30, 45, and 60. Today we are dealing with the 45. The pattern tells me to cut a strip of fabric 4 3/4" on the 45 degree_ angle. To do this, I make sure my edge is even and straight, and lay it on the 45 degree line.
Next you will take your ruler that you cut with, and put the 4 3/4" mark against the edge of the fabric on the 45 degree mark, and cut along the left edge of your ruler. Cut as many strips as the pattern tells you to.
Now, you have your strips. Lay them straight on your cutting mat, and cut the squares (4 3/4).
It is that simple and easy. Now you have your squares ready.
It took me some time when I first started quilting to do this. However, I figure if you don't learn new things you don't grow.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know if there are other things you would like to learn about.