Our friend, Shannon, is teaching the Block of the Month "Delilah" club by Jen Kingwell and she has some tips and tricks to help with the March block. We have been told that next month's block has a lot of Y Seams and some of these tips will still be important next month!
Shannon recommends some notions to make it easier when cutting around the templates:
Rotating Cutting Mat
25mm Rotary Cutter
Non-slip adhesive rings
2) Fabric Library
Remember to use the Delilah Fabric packs throughout your quilt and not just for that month's block. You are building a fabric library for your quilt. Template sizes vary month to month; some are large and some are very small. Charm Packs are also a good option for the high variety of fabrics to give the "Jen Kingwell" look.
When choosing fabrics, Jen uses a mixture of small, medium, and large prints throughout her quilts. So the key is variety of scale when selecting prints.
Be sure to read the instructions to know how many blocks to make with the current month. They vary each month from making one block to making nine blocks with the current templates.
5) Cut the Corners
For the most accurate shape, cut the corners first then the straight lines.
6) No Slip!
Shannon likes to add clear circle/non-slip adhesive rings to the back of her templates. She prefers True Grips by True Cut/The Grace Company. You can use them for rulers or templates and you can see through them. The stickies are very thin. Avoid using the thick ones that raise the ruler or template off the cutting surface. This product makes it easy to cut out the templates with a rotary cutter without slipping.
7) Y Sew Difficult?
We love this tutorials about Y-Seams:
This is the technique that Shannon uses to sew curves, which this month's block is full of!
9) You are not alone!
We have created a Facebook Photo Album that we will share all photos of the Delilah blocks that are sent to email@example.com