Fussy Cutters Club Bloggers Tour – Week 1 Round Up

Fussy Cutters Club has been officially out in the wild for a week now and I’ve been so thrilled at the response and the love that those who’ve bought it have shown me and my little book. (Well, it’s not so little at 136 pages.) This week four of my favourite ladies have shared the projects they’ve made from Fussy Cutters Club and their thoughts on the book. One of them is even giving you a chance to win your own copy of the book. It’s been really great to see projects made by other people because I love seeing people use fabrics they love and how they work with colour and technique. I’ve put together a round up of the projects made so far by the bloggers and some information about the projects as they are in the book. I’m also sharing a little more insight into the writing of the book, what you can expect when you read the book and the projects in the book.

If you can make it all the way to the end of this post you’ll find information on how you can win loot from Quilt Market (including yet-to-be-released fabric) when you order a Fussy Cutters Club Book Bundle. I’m also providing information on how you can participate in the Fussy Cutters Club 2017 International Swap, including how 10 participants can win a hard copy of Fussy Cutters Club. It’s a post that’s chock full of information and eye candy so let’s get started!

About the Book: Fussy Cutters Club

I wrote Fussy Cutters Club to be a reference book in the first instance and a project book second. My goal from the very beginning was to write a book that would inspire and encourage people to get out of their comfort zone and learn to trust their creative aesthetic. I wanted to empower people to be able to shop for the fabrics they love and know that they’ll be able to use them, that they won’t just sit in their stash indefinitely because you can’t work out how to use it. There’s an entire chapter, Cloth Tales, devoted to teaching you how to identify the different fabric types and what to think about when buying for stash or for specific projects. I set out a common language in regards to understanding what each type of fabric is so that when we get to how to fussy cutting and the projects you know what you’re going to be using.

I also cover how to fussy cut in How to Be a Fussy Cutter. I believe there’s three types of fussy cutting; traditional fussy cutting (think fussy cutting for patchwork and for creating repeating designs), improvisational fussy cutting (making your own patchwork of fabric (a slab) to fit a projects dimensions) and fussy cutting for colour (using prints for their colours not their motifs). All three of these are covered in detail with lots of text and images to show you how to do it.

In Tools of the Trade I cover the myriad of tools and notions on the market that can be purchased for use in fussy cutting. I cover how you can modify your tools to suit your fussy cutting needs and which additional supplies you’ll need to be a quilter/sewist. While I cover a wide range of tools and notions I also explain that you can be a fussy cutter with nothing more than a rotary cutter and ruler. Fussy cutting doesn’t need to break the bank for tools and notions – you need to work within your budget.

This isn’t a definitive explanation of fussy cutting, it’s more a snapshot of my process and what I knew at the time of writing (the second book is already got new fussy cutting techniques covered in it to reflect where I’ve learned more and adapted things slightly as I’ve experienced more). It’s about giving you a starting place and sharing what I know to help give you confidence to get out there and try it. Ultimately this book is all about providing you with the confidence to cut your fabrics, purchase outside of set fabric collections and embrace your own style and not be swayed by what’s “popular”.

In edition to this reference information there’s 14 projects in Fussy Cutters Club. When I planned out the projects for Fussy Cutters Club I wanted to make the book useable for those completely new to fussy cutting, sewing and quilting as well as challenging enough for those that have some experience and want to learn some new tricks. There’s 3 project chapters in the book; 1 – Projects to Get You Hooked, 2 – Projects to Feed Your Appetite and 3 – Projects to Cement Your Love Affair. I structured the project this way for a number of reasons. Each project chapter is centred around the level of fussy cutter confidence you need for each project and then within those groups I’ve included a range of project confidence that you’ll need to finish each one. I’ve also grouped the projects based on the time you’ll need to complete them.

  • Projects to Get You Hooked has 5 projects that you can complete in less than a day. They’re also great for those that are looking to start their fussy cutting journey with traditional fussy cutting and improvisational fussy cutting.
  • Projects to Feed Your Appetite has 4 projects that you can complete in a weekend. These projects focus a little more on technique (think patchwork points) and construction (tote bag). These projects are for the confident fussy cutter and quilter/sewist.
  • Projects to Cement Your Love Affair has 5 project that you can complete in a week or more. The chapter has 4 big quilts and 1 mini quilt that’s entirely pieced using English Paper Piecing. The project range in skills from beginner (baby quilt) to experienced (mixed traditional and improvisation fussy cutting quilt).

Fussy Cutters Club Blog Hoppers Projects & Links

C&T Publishing

When I approached C&T Publishing about publishing Fussy Cutters Club I expected them to thank me for my time and tell me they weren’t interested. Instead they jumped at the chance to publish my words and projects and in the process made my dream come true. Writing Fussy Cutters Club was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done (you can hear me talk to Stephanie of Modern Sewciety about the process by clicking here). It was a process that I embarked on when our family was going through one of the biggest periods of change and I was struggling with my professional life. Writing this book taught me so much about who I am as a creative, what I need to be a happy creative and who I am as a person. It was a massive life lesson. I’m really proud of this book and the work done by C&T to bring it to life. I’m also really thrilled and excited to working with C&T again to bring another book into this world in 2019. It’s just the beginning of a long partnership!

You can read about why I love Fussy Cutters Club by clicking here.

Cat of Hello From Cat

Cat’s version of 1-2 Sucker Pouch from Fussy Cutters Club.

Cat is my fussy cutting spirit animal. Of all the people in this world I feel like Cat understand my compulsion to fussy cut and the way in which I do that the most. While we share some similarities Cat has such a distinctive and unique style that is world’s apart from mine and I simply adore it. There’s been so many times in my creative journey where Cat’s work has inspired me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. She’s also been responsible for prompting me to purchase many different fabrics because I’ve seen how she’s used them and fallen in love.

1-2 Sucker Pouch from Fussy Cutters Club (page 96).

Cat chose the project, 1-2 Sucker Pouch (page 68), from Fussy Cutters Club. I loved making this project. It uses the improvisational fussy cutting technique I teach in Fussy Cutters Club (page 35). This technique is great for those that like to just cut loose and have fun with fabrics. I used the parameters of a colour theme (red, black and white) to pick the fabrics for this project and then went to town. When I used this technique I really like to use fabrics that sell a story and work together to create interest and humour. I got such a buzz from using the Aunt Cookie fabric (unfortunately it’s now out-of-print) and combining it with this image from a Star Wars print.

1-2 Sucker Pouch from Fussy Cutters Club (page 96).

The shape of this pouch gives you lots of opportunities to show off your fussy cutting from every angle. I quilted the pouch panel (it’s all one panel) in a quarter inch grid and I love the texture and extra stability it provides. Cat went with a simple straight line quilting on hers and it’s just as fabulous. You could go to town with free motion quilting on this pouch with great impact as well. It’s really up to you.

Project Stats

Finished pouch: 9″ wide x 3″ high x 3″ deep

Skill Level: Beginner

Project included in the Fussy Cutters Club 2017 International Swap options. Click here to find out more about participating in the swap.

You can read more about Cat’s experience with Fussy Cutters Club and see more of her projects by clicking here.

Kerry of Kid Giddy [GIVEAWAY]

Kerry’s version of Hexy Pin-Up Pincushion from Fussy Cutters Club.

Kerry and I met online when her pet lobster went missing while she was at Quilt Market (or it might have been Quilt Con). Over the years we’ve talked and bonded over all things gnome, quilting and the balancing act that is being a creative business owner. I was fortunate enough to meet Kerry at Quilt Market last year and it was one of my all-time highlights. She’s funny, generous, compassionate, inspiring and just an all round great person. I’m so glad I can call her a friend. Kerry took my Hexy Pin-up Pincushion pattern and ran with it. She made the original size and then resized it into a couple of other size (simple to do with this super easy pattern) to have fun with. I adore them!

Hexy Pin-Up Pincushion from Fussy Cutters Club (page 65).

I included this pincushion project in Fussy Cutters Club as a quick and easy way to teach people how to use fussy cutting in English Paper Piecing and how to sew with English Paper Piecing. The simplicity of this pattern also makes it a great last minute gift option for those that like to panic sew for events and birthday’s (like me!).  The hexagons are 1″ in size which means they’re also a fabulous size for showing off most prints. I like the rectangle shape for a pincushion as it sits easily in front of my sewing machine while I work and I can use it as a pattern weight if needed.

Project Stats

Finished pincushion: 6″ x 3″

Skill Level: Beginner

Project included in the Fussy Cutters Club 2017 International Swap options. Click here to find out more about participating in the swap.

You can read more about Kerry’s experience with Fussy Cutters Club and see more of her projects by clicking here.

Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts

Alyce’s version of Super Star Coaster from Fussy Cutters Club.

Alyce has been a permanent fixture on the Australian blogging scene for a number of years (despite spending some of those years in Japan) and she’s one of the hardest working bloggers I know. Alyce is committed to helping grow the quilting community and has undertaken a number of initiatives over the years to help quilters find their confidence and conquer their fear of quilt math. She’s also a fellow Make Modern columnist. Alyce chose the Super Star Coasters project (page 61) as she’s recently fallen in love with English Paper Piecing and wanted to flex her piecing muscles. I love how she’s used this graduated print from Tula Pink to create depth of colour in this project.

Super Star Coasters from Fussy Cutters Club (page 61).

The Super Star Coasters are a great project for those wanting to understand and practice how to create a repeating pattern using fussy cutting. (I teach you how to do this on page 42 of Fussy Cutters Club.) In these four coaster I show how you can use a novelty print or a geometric print to create a secondary pattern. I loved how these turned out and they’re the perfect size for a drink and a snack – so just right for using right beside your sewing machine. The coasters are also a great project for practicing attaching binding as the multiple corners provide an interesting challenge (it’s not that difficult, it’s the same as doing corners on a quilt you just have more of them).

Project Stats

Finished pincushion: 6.5″ x 5.75″

Skill Level: Beginner

Project included in the Fussy Cutters Club 2017 International Swap options. Click here to find out more about participating in the swap.

You can read more about Alyce’s experience with Fussy Cutters Club and see more of her project by clicking here.

Lisa of Sweet Little Pretties

Lisa’s version of Nine Patch Pot Holder from Fussy Cutters Club.

What can I say about the only other person in the world that I know that shares the same birthday as me? I adore Lisa. She’s got a heart the size of Texas. She’s one of the most generous people I know and she gets my crazy obsession with Survivor. She’s also just added the cutest little human to her life and I’m beyond humbled to be able to watch her grow into her new role as a Mother. Lisa whipped up the Nine-Patch Pot Holder from Fussy Cutters Club (page 56). And it’s a great example of how versatile the patterns in Fussy Cutters Club can be for those wanting to use their favourite fabrics without having to worry about fussy cutting.

None-Patch Pot Holder from Fussy Cutters Club (page 57).

This is the first project in Fussy Cutters Club and it’s a great way to ease into learning about cutting your fabrics for fussy cutting and having fun with print placement (both within the pattern and within the individual squares). I also used this pattern to show you how you can take the lessons from Improvisational Fussy Cutting (page 35) and adapt projects to use this style of fussy cutting. I quilted these pot holders with a quarter inch grid and it came up a treat. I love the texture and it adds stiffness to the pot holders which will help them keep their shape with use. This is another great project for practising your free motion quilting on as the size isn’t too daunting.

Project Stats

Finished pincushion: 8″ x 8″

Skill Level: Beginner

Project included in the Fussy Cutters Club 2017 International Swap options. Click here to find out more about participating in the swap.

You can read more about Lisa’s experience with Fussy Cutters Club and see more of her project by clicking here.

Due to popularity I’ve sold out of the Fussy Cutters Club Bundle, however I will have more available for shipping on 6 November 2017. As an avid internet shopper I understand the desire to have something straight away so to sweeten your waiting time I’m going to give one lucky pre-orderer the chance to win loot from Quilt Market with their order. All you have to do is pre-order with me or with Pink Door Fabrics (click here to order with PDF) before 5 November 2017 and you’ll go in the draw to win some exclusive inclusions, including yet-to-be released fabric!

Buy Your Own Copy of Fussy Cutters Club

If you’re wanting to know where you can buy your very own copy of Fussy Cutters Club be sure to click here. I’ve created it with information from all the sites that I know that currently have it and I’m updating it daily as more information is provided.

For those of you in Australia I’ve created a custom bundle exclusively for this event.

Fussy Cutters Club Book Bundle includes:

  • 1 x Signed Copy of Fussy Cutters Club.
  • 1 x Fussy Cutters Club Enamel Pin – these pins are limited edition and will retail for $12.50 each in November. Pins measure 1.5″ square, are made of top quality materials and come with dual pin back for extra stability.
  • 1 x Fussy Cutters Manifesto Gloss Postcard – postcard measures 7″ (h) x 5″ (w). Perfect for framing and displaying in your sewing room.
  • Parcel post tracked postage within Australia, valued at $11.

Bundle costs AUD$50.99 (includes shipping)

Click this button to purchase via PayPal (you don’t need an account to purchase):

Fussy Cutters Club Pack for US Residents

I’ve also partnered with Pink Door Fabrics in the US to offer this pack for pre-order (shipping will occurring in the first week of November). It’s exclusively available at Pink Door Fabrics and you won’t be able to get it anywhere else. (I’m hand delivering them to Chelsea myself!) You can pre-order them by clicking here.

Fussy Cutters Club Pack for International Order

If you would like one of these packs and you live outside of Australia and the US please let me know and I’ll provide a quote for shipping. Both Chelsea and I would love to post internationally so between us we’ll work out the cheapest way for you to get your very own pack. Click here to email me.

If you’d like to swap a project with another fabulous creative somewhere in the world then why not sign up to the Fussy Cutters Club 2017 International Swap. It’s being run by the super wonderful Sharon of @Shoppershaz_Swaphost and you can find all the details by clicking here. Ten lucky participants will win a hard copy of Fussy Cutters Club. For more details click here.

Fussy Cutters Club Blog Hoppers & Dates

The following amazing bloggers are sharing their experience with Fussy Cutters Club and opening up their blogger homes to give you a little peek at why you should be following them. Pop in on these dates (in your timezone) and you’ll find the welcome mat out. There’s also a chance to win a copy of the book at the links with [GIVEAWAY] after them!

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