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The Fussy Cut Sampler Week One


A few weeks ago, my copy of The Fussy Cut Sampler by Nichole Ramirez and Elisabeth Woo arrived on my doorstep. It is such a beautiful book with 48 great quilt blocks that made me want to cut up some fabric right away. Nichole and Elisabeth walk the reader through all the in's and out's of perfecting fussy cuts in quilts which is something I could use some help with. I have fussy cut before, but not to the extent these ladies do, and let me tell you, just reading through I was having all kinds of a-ha moments. They are so smart!

To top things off, there is a sew-along happening right now for the book. It started this past week and continues through the summer with the goal of four blocks each week. You can get all the details on Nichole and Elisabeth's blog. (There are some amazing prizes!!!) I really tried to resist, but it was useless. I had to jump in.


Here are my first four blocks. I am working only from my stash and only in blue and white. The constraints are making me really stretch myself and that is good. It's kind of crazy just how much fabric I have that fits those parameters! I am going to try and stay on track with the sew-along, but no promises. It's summer, my kids need me more, we are traveling some and I am still working behind the scenes on my book. All good stuff. Sewing, included.

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Jennifer O.

These look great! I just made a blue and white mini for a swap and I think I need to make a quilt for myself now.

Love your blocks,especially the one with kitty fabric. Do you have any idea who designed this fabric? Hope you are making good progress on the rest of your blocks. Thanks, Deb

Erin | house on hill road

The cat fabric is a cotton and steel print by Sarah Watts.

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I love your post. I can't wait to make lots of these!! This is my next project. Thanks for sharing.

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