Design Wall Monday

Over the weekend, I showed you how I use my die cutter to help me keep my scraps in check and in a form that I will actually use. I began turning this pile of random strips: 

Into pieces like this: 

 And then used my die cutter to trim them to 3 x 6 inch finished rectangles like this: 

 Now I will share my plan for them. I have been looking at a lot of lattice type quilts on Pinterest lately and thought that would be a perfect use for these. I sketched out a quick block plan keeping in mind that I wanted to use my die cutter to cut all the pieces.  Here is my sketch. 

 The numbers refer to dies needed. This gives me an odd sized finished block but since all the blocks will be the same, it doesn’t matter to me. I am using a 6 inch quarter square triangle die because the rectangle has a finished size of 6 inches on the long side. Same with the 3 inch QST.

Because I want the edges of my block to be on grain, I have to pay attention to how I place my fabrics on the die. 


If I were using this die to cut actual QSTs, I would want the straight of grain to be parallel to the long side of the triangle. Since I am actually using  these as half square triangles, I want the straight of grain to be on the short sides. Here are all the pieces cut for four blocks. 

And two different arrangements of those four blocks on the design wall. 


 Sometimes we have to think outside the box when using die cutters. Often the dies we have can serve more than on purpose.
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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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11 Responses to Design Wall Monday

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  3. Nancie says:

    Thank you for more ideas of using a die cutter. This week-end, I’ve been sewing strips of fabric together for making mug rugs and creating new fabric for die cutting.

  4. Gina says:

    IT’s no good I’m going to have to get a die cutter. We don’t need food this month do we?

  5. Rhonda says:

    Love seeing your process & the great design you came up with. I wish I could get my scraps organized!

  6. Ramona says:

    Great blocks!! I love the idea of piecing scraps and then sending them through the cutter. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. lois92346 says:

    You’re one smart cookie, Katy. Thanks for sharing your ideas with the rest of us.

  8. Judy D in WA says:

    You are so smart!!! I love this block and can’t wait to see the quilt.

  9. Janet O. says:

    Very clever design. I really like it! The pieced strips can be super scrappy and the constant backgrounds unify it all beautifully!

  10. Kathy says:

    Wow, you’re a creative genius! I would have never have thought of making a block like this from those scraps … these turned out so delightfully! I wonder how these would look in a Hugs and Kisses setting?

  11. I completely agree with you about thinking outside the box when it comes to our dies–I am always rethinking how to cut a quilt and get the best use of the dies! Thanks for sharing.

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