Ok, I’ve officially decided to swap my fabrics around, so I’m cutting my background pinks. If you’ve picked your fabrics – or some of them, at least* – let’s get cutting!
Basically, this is the simplest part of the whole project:
From each of your fat quarters, cut NINE 6″ squares.
– If you are making the wall quilt, you will need to cut a total of 36 squares.
– If you are making a lap quilt, you will need to cut a total of 144 squares.
(And if you’re working on a custom size, you know your number.)
A quick note about square size: if you’re a real smartypants, you might notice that we are finishing with 5″ squares in our quilt, so why a half-inch seam allowance in the cutting process? That’s just to make things extra fool-proof. When you appliqué your peels, you’ll need to position them just so on the background squares. If you’re off just a little bit – and how could you not be, really, it’s hand-stitching – and you have no extra room to account for it later, it could get messy. We will trim away the extra 1/4″ later, based on exact placement of the peels, which takes away the need for exact perfection now.
Also, working by hand will no doubt cause a little fraying and whatnot, so if we’re able to trim them clean later, we don’t have to worry about that as we stitch either.
And that’s that. Get cutting!
(*Don’t forget: you can totally get started cutting and stitching even if you don’t have all of your fabrics picked out. You’ll work just one square at a time, so you always add more squares to the pile as you go.)