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Comment 1 – Subcutting Tip
On p. 7 and p. 8 you will see diagrams for subcutting the strip sets. The pattern recommends subcutting (5) and this is the likely outcome, especially if you’re using fat quarters or fat eighths. However, it’s possible to get (6) from each of these strips sets, especially if you’ve cut your original strips from yardage. Trim with caution because there is about a 1/2″ remaining if you get (6) from each strip set.
NOTE: If you only get (5) strips – that’s OK. Save those end-cuts and reuse them to make Hearth + Home Mug Rugs!
Comment 2: Cutting Strips with a Stripology XL Ruler
I love my Creative Grids Stripology XL Ruler and use it all the time for cutting strips needed for a quilt pattern. If you have this ruler then pull it out. The Hearth & Home pattern has cutting instructions for 3 1/2″ strips which aren’t specifically shown on the Stripology ruler. Knowing which slots to use when cutting strips can sometimes get confusing and you could accidentally cut the wrong size strip. (I’ve done this!)
Below, I’ve listed the cutting slots for cutting 3 1/2″ WOF strips for this pattern:
- 3 1/2″
- 10 1/2″
- 17 1/2″
- Reset the ruler for more than (5) cuts.
Comment 3: Alternate Pressing Suggestions
Pressing suggestion for sharp contrasting fabrics such as Navy and White
Go to P. 9 > Step 4b > second bullet point: Press seams away from the center light colored center square.
Go to P. 11 > Step 6 > fourth bullet point > Figure 13 (Home version): To avoid seams from darker fabrics showing through the lighter fabric, press seams away from Snowball Blocks.
Comment 3: Fireside Mini Quilt Cutting Requirements
On p. 16 > Cutting Requirements you will note that it says Cut (1) 2″ x WOF strip; Subcut (4) 2″ x 8 1/2″ strips. Technically, after cutting out your pattern you may not have enough fabric for (1) 2″ x WOF strip. The same may be true for cutting Border fabrics. The diagram below shows the actual amount of fabric that you should have remaining after cutting out your main quilt. Use this diagram to cut out your Sashing and Border Fabrics to make the Fireside Mini Quilt. The 2 1/2″ strips will be joined together then cut down to make the borders.
Website + Related Tutorials
- This tutorial is recommended if you’ve never used the strip piecing method.
- This tutorial is recommended if you’ve never made snowball blocks.
- Starching is recommended for the Hearth & Home quilt pattern. Your strips will go together with very little stretching or warping. Any of the starching recommendations in this guide will work for this pattern.
Enhanced Supply List
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- 3 ½” x 12 ½” Creative Grids Ruler
- I love this ruler for subcutting 3½” strip sets.
- See short Reel demonstrating this with a 2 ½” ruler: https://www.instagram.com/p/Csquu5pMYg0/
- 6½” x 24½” Quilter’s Ruler
- Gypsy Gripper
- This keeps your 24 ½” ruler stable so it doesn’t accidentally slip when cutting WOF strips and your strips are a consistent width so blocks will go together nicely. It also protects your hands and fingers.
- 12½” x 12½” Square Ruler
- I recommend this size for squaring larger blocks like the ones in this quilt. It’s also a good size to use when squaring up your quilt.
- Creative Grids Folded Corner Clipper Tool
- Use this to perfectly trim snowball corners.
- Sewline Glue Pen
- Helps when sewing triangle sets together for the Fireside Mini Quilt. Also keeps fabric from shifting on things like Snowball Blocks.
- Rotary Cutter
- Rotary Cutter
- Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
- 50 wt. Cotton Thread
- Wonder Clips
- Quilting Pins
- Water Erasable Fabric Marking Tool
- Sewing Machine
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Tailor’s Clapper (Optional. Creates flat seams for pieced blocks)
- Wool Pressing Mat (Optional, but really awesome)
- Creative Grids Stripology XL Ruler – CGRGE1XL (Optional. I love this for strip cutting.)
Get this fabric
Learn how to make HSTs while making Snowball Blocks. Then use those HSTs for the Fireside Mini Quilt! https://youtu.be/1IwV0-N8jUg