Trimming Jagged Edges from Precuts

You know those pinked (jagged) edges on precuts? I’m not a fan. Well, I get it, they keep the fabric from fraying, and that’s obviously good. But when it comes to cutting them or sewing them, I grouse around wishing for a straight edge!

I thought I’d show you how I went about eliminating those jagged edges when cutting for my Churned Up quilt with a pack of Benartex 10x10s of Modern Marks. I hope these tips help you when cutting for patterns that call for hacking up precut squares with jagged edges!

You’ll end up with sliver-trimmed bits like these:

I needed to cut the 10×10 square into a 7″ piece and a 3″ piece. I set two rulers side-by-side and checked for the sweet spot where I could get the sizes I needed with just a smidge of those jagged edges extending past those 7″ and 3″ lines. So long as 7″ fit on one side and 3″ fit on the other, I knew how much of the edges I could take off.

See how those edges extend past the 7″ mark and the 3″ mark?

Once you’ve established you can get the sizes you need, remove one of the rulers and make your first cut.

Updated to add (thanks to the suggestion by Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl): Before you take off those pinked edges, measure twice (thrice!) to ensure your trimming will leave you with a piece that measures the size you need. Not all precuts will allow for trimming–jelly rolls, particularly.

To trim the remaining edges and square up the pieces, place your ruler with the line on top of the fabric straight edge, checking to be sure you have enough of the jagged edge extending past your required measurement, and trim those edges!

Whew! Now you can sew with those straight edges!

 

Happy Trimming!
~~Tara

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Modern Marks Blog Hop – (& Giveaway!)

Welcome to the first edition of Full Fabric Friday here at The District — today it’s also the Modern Marks Blog Hop, featuring Christa Watson’s new line Modern Marks for Benartex!

The Project – Churned Up with Modern Marks

When Christa offered me the opportunity to work with her debut line full of vibrant, saturated color and groovy prints, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. Immediately. I had been playing around with the concept of a deconstructed, tossed-up churn dash block for a few months, but hadn’t quite settled on a design. Modern Marks came along and it just clicked — Churned Up came together and all those bits fell into place. I love how it turned out with all that color!

  

Get the pattern for 30% off through December 10!

The FABRIC!

Y’all, this fabric feels wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that I have been sleeping with and cuddling with my finished quilt for a couple of weeks now without washing it first! I always give my quilts a wash after they’re finished, but this one is just so soft already that I might not for a long, long time. This was the first time I’d worked with Benartex fabrics exclusively on a quilt top, and I very much look forward to doing it again. I’ve worked with a lot of fabric lines, and this one is definitely in the top of its class.

And now, I have a confession: I have a favorite. My favorite print and colorway is the Half Ovals in Fuchsia. *swoon* She had me at pink and orange together. I bound Churned Up in it, and you can bet you’ll see it again in another quilt I make. The ideas are already swarming around.

  

Which is your favorite? Seriously. If you love color and crisp, fresh prints, you are going to lose it over this line when you get it in person.

Photo courtesy of Christa Quilts
Photo courtesy of Christa Quilts

Where to Buy

I picked up this list from Christa’s site, because I know you’ll want to get your hands on Modern Marks! You can also request your local quilt shop carry it!

And now for the giveaway details! Benartex is generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 prints here at The Quilt District (and all the other 10 stops in the hop).

To enter, simply comment on this post and leave your email address (your address will not be displayed, but I’ll need it to contact you), and have a US address where Benartex can send your bundle.

And an EXTRA Giveaway!

To enter to win a free copy of Churned Up plus a pack of 10x10s of Modern Marks on Instagram:
If you’re new to me on IG, follow me there between now and 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 6th. If you already follow me there, comment on today’s IG Blog Hop post and tag a friend! (US only)

All entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST, Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

The winners will be selected using a random generator and announced on Thursday the 7th.

If you haven’t already, make sure you pop in and visit each of the ladies on the hop — they have all made some beautiful things with Modern Marks!

Monday
Jen @Patterns by Jen
HollyAnne @String & Story

Tuesday
Kristin @Simple. Handmade. Everyday.
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Vicki @My Creative Corner3

Wednesday
Hilary @Aurifil
Pam @The Stitch TV Show

Thursday
Heather @Quiltachusetts
Andrea @3rd Story Workshop

Friday
HERE @The Quilt District
Stephanie @Modern Sewciety

Happy Quilting!
~~ Tara

~~ With Gratitude ~~

First, I want to thank Christa for the opportunity to work with her and with Benartex. You made my year, Christa.

Second, HUGE thanks to my dear friend Jennifer Digiovanni, who proofed and tested her heart out. She rocks!

Third, this is the first quilt I have ever made that I did not quilt myself. (I know, somewhat blasphemous given Christa is the Queen of Quilting on the domestic machine!) I just didn’t have the time to do it justice. It needed to shine, and Kathy Nesler really made that happen. She gave this quilt beautiful movement!

And, last but not least, to my husband (should we call him Mr. District?) for wrestling with the quilt at the park on photo day!

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Welcome to “The District”!

It’s go live week over here! I am super excited to be a part of the Benartex blog hop this week for Christa Watson’s new fabric line Modern Marks!

Visit ALL the stops on the hop this week (links below — they’re all doing giveaways!), then stop back by here at The District on Friday to see what I did with this fun fabric line (I’m also doing a giveaway).

I can tell you that my cat Halo approves.

Monday
Jen @Patterns by Jen

HollyAnne @String & Story

Tuesday
Kristin @Simple. Handmade. Everyday.
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Vicki @My Creative Corner3

Wednesday
Hilary @Aurifil
Pam @The Stitch TV Show

Thursday
Heather @Quiltachusetts
Andrea @3rd Story Workshop

Friday
HERE @The Quilt District
Stephanie @Modern Sewciety

I’m still working out a few website details, but the bones are here and I’m glad you are too!

Until Friday,
~~ Tara

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