Molehills Quilt Along, Part 2: Cutting, Cutting, Cutting

So, your Molehills quilt should be all planned out now. Is it? If you are having a hard time planning it out, remember scrappy is perfect too. You don’t have to over think it and it will still look great.

Part II will be all about cutting – cutting your templates and cutting your fabric.


Version 1:

If you’re making Version 1 then cut one set of the five templates out and tape A, B, and/or C pieces together. You’ll want to match the edges carefully when taping so that your template isn’t askew. How will you know if you’re taping the right templates together? The shapes will match!

Tape templates together carefully along solid line matching shapes.

Tape templates together carefully along solid line matching shapes.

Also, I find that if you leave a little overlap one one end of your templates to be taped together that it provides a little more stability.

Create overlap for a more secure join.

Create overlap for a more secure join.

Version 2:

If you’re making Version 2 or including Version 2  or part of Version 2 in your quilt, then you’ll need a set of templates for EACH fan. Since you will be cutting this out more carefully after it is sewn, then you don’t have to cut these templates out carefully. I actually use my “paper” rotary cutter to cut it out roughly, only cutting it out carefully along the tape line. (HINT: If you do a lot of paper piecing then having a dedicated rotary cutter just for piecing paper is nice!)

If you’re paper piecing your arcs you can make a rough cut around the perimeter.


Full Fan Version:

You’ll only need one of these. Once again, cut out along solid lines and tape together carefully, matching shapes.

Match shapes and tape together to make full fan template.



I’ve included a great quick video with a few tips on how to cut these out!

Comments 3

  1. I LOVE your designs, however, I am appalled at the free hand cutting. Please encourage your people to wear a “klutz glove” by Fons and Porter if they are going to do this. In 13+ years of store ownership, I have had way too many customers tell of trips to the emergency room. While I do not endorse Fons and Porter, at all, this glove does prevent cuts. Supposedly it is made of the stuff surgeons wear on their hands.

    1. Latifah Post

      Thanks Chris for your message! I would agree if you have bad technique. If your hands are not in front of your blade, freehand cutting is no more dangerous than rotary cutting with a ruler. Especially when cutting curves with a straight ruler. Many times rotary cutting accidents are from when the blade slips from the ruler. And, I do love the Klutz glove and recommend it when I think people can use it – especially when kids are learning to rotary cut. Thanks again for posting and for the safety warning! We all need the extra warning.

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