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Comment 1: Subcutting Tip
On p. 7 and p. 9 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 to cut the strips. However, it’s possible to get (6) from each of these strips sets, especially if you’ve cut your original strips from yardage. 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).
Website + Related Tutorials
- This tutorial is recommended if you’ve never used the strip piecing method.
- This tutorial is recommended if you’ve never used the snowball block method.
- 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.
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- 3 ½” x 12 ½” Creative Grids Ruler
- I love using this ruler for subcutting 3½” strip sets.
- See short Reel demonstrating this with a 2 ½” ruler:
- 6½” x 24½” Quilter’s Ruler
- Gypsy Gripper
- This keeps your 24 1/2″ 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
- Keeps fabric from shifting on things like Snowball Blocks.
- 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, but creates flat seams for pieced blocks)
- Wool Pressing Mat (Optional, really awesome)
- Creative Grids Stripology XL Ruler – CGRGE1XL (Optional, I love this for strip cutting)
Get this fabric
In this video learn how to make HSTs while making Snowball Blocks. Save those HSTs for another project! https://youtu.be/1IwV0-N8jUg