Power Cutting: Fast, Accurate and Efficient Fabric Cutting

November 14, 2016

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday has returned, rising like a Pheonix from the ashes, and it’s better than ever! Due to my little business that’s chugging along (holy cow, self-publishing is a lot of work!), I haven’t been able to post weekly tips and tutorials and keep the linky party going as consistently as I’d like.  Thank goodness for my quilty, bloggy friend Yvonne.

Yvonne, from Quilting Jetgirl, has swooped in, and salvaged this golden nugget; she will be hosting the popular linky party on her blog.  Click HERE to see Yvonne’s tip for today, and all the amazing tips other bloggers have linked to her post.  The linky party will be open for bloggers to link up new tips for the next three weeks.


My Tips for this Tuesday

A New, Fun Block of the Month Club for 2017

I. First, I want to alert your attention to a fabulous new 2017 Block of the Month Sampler Sew-Along by AnnMarie Chany from GenX Quilters.  AnnMarie has developed a phenomenal BOM program for 2017 that is gorgeous and fun.  Participants will enjoy piecing traditional skill-building blocks set in a LeMoyne Star destined to look like shiny wrapped chocolates.

This is the jaw-dropping quilt participants will end up making in AnnMarie's block of the month club

This is the jaw-dropping quilt participants will end up making in AnnMarie’s block of the month club.

The Joys of Power-Cutting

II. I’ve been cutting a lot of fabric lately for the 2016 Quilter’s Planner Sew Along.  (It’s not too late to join, if you’re interested!). I’m making a quilt with modern Christmas colors, simply because I never have before. I’m so ridiculously excited.  Here is a picture of my fabric selection from my recent Instagram post.


In order to cut most efficiently, I’ve been using some of the tenants of the theory of Power Cutting. Power cutting is a collection of methods using a rotary cutter, developed by Debbie Caffrey.   There are really only four important tools you need to purchase in order to power cut. (I’ve included links to my favorite .

  1. A 60 mm rotary cutter (This is as opposed to the 45 mm cutter rotary that most of us have.  The 60 mm rotary cutter safely cuts through more layers of fabric!!!  I don’t know why I never thought of this myself!).
  2. Rotary cutting blades (60 mm).
  3. A  12 x 18 cutting mat, (it’s not too big, and easy to pick up and rotate during the cutting process so you don’t disturb the fabric you’ve carefully folded and cut).
  4. A square rotary cutting ruler (Creative Grids is my personal favorite)

Here are a couple of my favorite go-to videos on the concept of Power Cutting.  The first video hails from 2008, where Debbie shows the most correct and efficient way to cut strips using power cutting.

The second and third videos are by Nancy Roelfsema.

I love all these videos, because even if you aren’t using all the skills of “power-cutting”, they show the basic concepts of good, safe rotary cutting habits.

If you’d like to see how Nancy folds her fabric to power cut, check out this video.

I hope you find these videos helpful! Be sure to visit Quilting Jetgirl to see lots of other quilting tips and tutorials.

Signature Stephanie at Late Night Quilter

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  • Reply Louisa @ Sewmotion November 15, 2016 at 2:55 am

    I love Nancy’s tutorial on power cutting, this would never have occurred to me, thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Lisa November 15, 2016 at 6:09 am

    This is very interesting. I’ve never heard of this technique before.

  • Reply Paige November 15, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I love my 60mm rotary cutter. I have the same Olfa cutter as Nancy in the video. I’ve never thought of turning the mat as she does though. I might try her fabric folding method as well. Thanks to you and Yvonne for hosting Tips and Techniques!

  • Reply Rhona November 15, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Great videos, I watched more of them on youtube, you learn something new everyday, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Ruth November 15, 2016 at 7:44 am

    great tips – love the videos on folding and power cutting is something I will definitely use!

  • Reply jayne November 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I never thought of using or getting a 60mm cutter before…guess I’ll be rethinking that!

  • Reply Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl November 15, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I love my 60mm rotary cutter but rarely follow all the great tips shared in the videos. I’m so excited we are collaborating. <3

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