Now that we have all of our beautiful fabrics selected for the Heather Ross Geometry Dash Quilt, it’s time to get cutting! If you missed the fabric selection for this quilt, you can check out the previous post in the Geometry Dash series HERE, where I describe all of my picks in detail.
If you want to quilt-a-long and need the Geometry Dash pattern, you can grab it for PDF download HERE.
Here are my cutting tips for the Heather Ross Geometry Dash quilt. If you have some cutting tips of your own, be sure to leave them in the comment section below so we can all benefit!
Fussy Cutting the Central Block
Typically, I am not much for fussy cutting or strategic cutting of any kind with my prints. I abhor wasting fabric and leaving unused portions with no purpose. However, for the specific Heather Ross fabrics I chose, the Chloe print has a lot of open green space around the core image. The placement of Chloe basically requires she be fussy cut!
To accomplish this task, I used my 6.5″ square acrylic ruler with a little washi tape blocking off the measurements for the central block. HERE is the Omnigrid version I like as a value bundle. This made it extremely easy to see if I was centering the image. Marking off the area I needed to cut also assisted in wasting less fabric because I was not making little cuts into fabric in other areas. Therefore, moving forward I could still use the green background and just trim it into 2.5″ squares perhaps.
For all of the other large prints, I simply cut them into strips and finally the rectangles required for the central piece of the block. I didn’t need to worry that I wouldn’t catch a big part of the image, since the Geometry Dash pattern is specifically designed with a large center to show off those bigger prints.
Cutting all of the logs, or strips that surround the central rectangle of this modern “open floor plan” log cabin block, is very straightforward. Simply iron the fabric and trim all of the ends straight so you have a clean-cut starting edge. Then, just line up the straight edge and selvage edge along the grid of your cutting mat and slice! I typically fold my fabric in half so I am cutting through four layers which makes the process go fairly quickly. In no time at all, you’ll be ready to get sewing!
The Geometry Dash pattern is also great for using up strip scraps. Simply trim them to the dimensions indicated in the pattern. I try to keep similar colors and values opposite one another in this pattern, but you could go for a completely scrappy look if you prefer. The great thing about quilting is there is so much creative freedom!
Creating the blocks for the background is the same as creating the logs for the interior of the Geometry Dash blocks. Simply cut the wider strips, then sub-cut them into squares. Then, in the final step, the background squares are sub-cut on the diagonal to create triangles which make the block sit at a jaunty angle. I love this little twist to the Geometry Dash block, as it really makes the details of each central rectangle and framing logs pop off the background of the quilt.
Work Along with Me
The Geometry Dash Quilt is a great way to get those beautiful large prints used up and highlighted using a fun twist on basic squares and rectangles. The on-point log cabin style block finishes at approximately 12″ square, which means you can build an eye-catching quilt pretty quickly. Everyone loves a quick win!
In this week’s video, I share a few tips on cutting the fabrics for our Heather Ross Geometry Dash Quilt. These tips include:
- preparing your fabric for cutting
- ways to slice and dice fabric quickly
- fussy cutting feature images for impact
To view the video and see all of the tips, click the video box below.:
Quilt With Me!: The Geometry Dash Quilt
Grab the Geometry Dash Quilt Pattern for just $10 USD HERE. Then pop on the video for a few finishing suggestions before you cut. After you’ve cut up all your fabrics based on those tips, join me to machine stitch the simple to create quilt blocks!
In upcoming videos, we will work together as we talk about putting each block together and finally piecing the entire quilt top.
If you join in with the video or create the Geometry Dash Quilt on your own, don’t forget to share your work with the La Rue de Fleurs community by tagging me on IG @laruedefleurs and using the hashtags #geometrydashquilt and #laruedefleurspatterns. I hope you’ll join me and have some fun using those large prints and strip scraps!
Stay creative, friends!
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