Today’s featured quilt is a simple and playful design called Strawberry Disco Fields by Latifah Saafir from The Quilt Engineer. One of her very first quilts, this set the tone for her use of circles in quilt design but, the tools she used made first time circles less intimidating. She uses two “tools” in this quilt that makes piecing circles and squares just a little easier.
Tell us about your use of tools in quilting.
Though some may argue this point I don’t consider myself a quilt tool junkie. BUT, if they make the job easier and quicker I’m there! I do love rulers though. I don’t have a ton but, I have a half a dozen that I swear by, use all the time and that I’m constantly convincing other people to use! My philosophy is that if it makes quilting easier and quicker then I can make more quilts!
How did tools make sewing this quilt easier?
This is one of my earliest quilts and was my very first time using the Dale Fleming Pinless Piecing method – the method most people refer to as ‘Six Minute Circle’ method. I found the Circle Cutter by Olfa and was sold! It made cutting the circle templates so easy, especially having to cut 48 of them. I do find sometimes that tools limit what you can do though. The Circle Cutter while pretty awesome limits you to a maximum circle size of 8 1/2″ diameter so I now only use it on quilt designs with small circles.
In addition to the Circle Cutter, I used June Tailor’s Shape Cut ruler to cut the squares and to square up my final blocks. I find that the Shape Cut is an all around ruler of awesomeness! I’ve used this ruler so much and for so long, I think I’m wearing it out. It is slotted every 1/2″ and makes cutting any kind of strips or straight cuts easy especially if you have to make multiple cuts.
Tell us more about yourself as a quilter.
I started quilting just around three years ago and have been addicted ever since. I tend to create bright, colorful and graphic quilt designs but, I don’t like to limit myself as a quilter. I have a not so secret love affair with the Modern Quilt Guild that I hope never ends. And I don’t know how I lived my life before it had quilts in it.
The Circle Cutter Latifah refers to is the OLFA 18mm Rotary Circle Cutter. This is how OLFA describes it:
The ground-breaking patented ratchet mechanism of the rotary circle cutter easily and efficiently cuts clean, perfect circles from 1 7/8” to 8 ½” every time. Reduces wrist fatigue connected with “yo-yos”, Cathedral Windows, Drunkard’s Path, etc. Includes a built-in blade cover for safety, and a plastic guard to cover the pivot spike when not in use. Uses RB18 (standard) replacement blades.
The other tool that Latifah used was the June Tailor Shape Cut Ruler. This is how June Tailor describes it:
Cut multiple quilting shapes in perfect 1/2” increments quickly and accurately.
• Easy to use; simply place ruler on fabric and cut in desired slots.
• Cut multiple strips in 1/2” increments.
• Turn Shape Cut™ after strips are cut to complete squares, triangles, diamonds, hexagons, bias strips and fringe.
• Large, gridded 12” x 12” size.
• Detailed instructions included with ruler.