How to Find the Perfect Scissors for Free-Cutting

One of the hallmarks of a well constructed fused art quilt is the quality of your edges. In fusing, edges of fabric shapes need not be covered with stitching by machine or by hand. This means that when you create art with fused applique, your edges may be seen.

(It’s sort of like that old adage of wearing clean underwear- you always want to appear at your best no matter the circumstances.)

One place I store my scissors and rotary cutters. (I really must clean off this table.)

To achieve really clean cut edges on your design elements, use really sharp tools. Sharp, comfortable scissors are so important to the fuser. Dull scissors fray the edges of fabric shapes and fatigue your hands.

My favorite pair of scissors right now is the 5″ knifeblade scissors by Kai. Why you ask?

  • Because they maintain their sharp cutting edge for a long time.
  • They are sharp from the base of the blade to the tip.
  • The blade length is just right for cutting small dots and other free-cut shapes in one clean cut.
  • And most importantly, the handle fits comfortably around my gigantic thumb

Just a quick note to mention that Leaf of Faith from Gayle of Michigan is our winner of yesterday’s Name That Quilt Contest. Congratulations Gayle. I’ll send you a lovely gift soon.

    How to Find the Perfect Scissors for Free-Cutting

    One of the hallmarks of a well constructed fused art quilt is the quality of your edges. In fusing, edges of fabric shapes need not be covered with stitching by machine or by hand. This means that when you create art with fused applique, your edges may be seen.

    (It’s sort of like that old adage of wearing clean underwear- you always want to appear at your best no matter the circumstances.)

    One place I store my scissors and rotary cutters. (I really must clean off this table.)

    To achieve really clean cut edges on your design elements, use really sharp tools. Sharp, comfortable scissors are so important to the fuser. Dull scissors fray the edges of fabric shapes and fatigue your hands.

    My favorite pair of scissors right now is the 5″ knifeblade scissors by Kai. Why you ask?

    • Because they maintain their sharp cutting edge for a long time.
    • They are sharp from the base of the blade to the tip.
    • The blade length is just right for cutting small dots and other free-cut shapes in one clean cut.
    • And most importantly, the handle fits comfortably around my gigantic thumb

    Just a quick note to mention that Leaf of Faith from Gayle of Michigan is our winner of yesterday’s Name That Quilt Contest. Congratulations Gayle. I’ll send you a lovely gift soon.

      Name This Quilt and Win a Friend for Life

      Housing Department #25

      OK I admit it. I’m out of names for my little quilts. Usually I will start a series and just list them as 1, 2, 3, etc.
      Housing Department quilts are a good example of a series of quilts that numbered in the high 20′s.

      Betty’s Bloomers #16

      Then there was the Betty’s Bloomers series named for one of my sisters. (The “bloomers” part is a joke about underwear but no one else seemed to get it……even Betty.)

      But for this series of leaf quilts I’m stumped. Can you help? I’ll give a prize to whom ever comes up with a title I can live with. Only 1 rule: it can’t be over 3 words long. Thanks!

      And our winner is…….Gayle of Michigan for Leaf of Faith. Thanks Gayle!

      Name This Quilt and Win a Friend for Life

      Housing Department #25

      OK I admit it. I’m out of names for my little quilts. Usually I will start a series and just list them as 1, 2, 3, etc.
      Housing Department quilts are a good example of a series of quilts that numbered in the high 20′s.

      Betty’s Bloomers #16

      Then there was the Betty’s Bloomers series named for one of my sisters. (The “bloomers” part is a joke about underwear but no one else seemed to get it……even Betty.)

      But for this series of leaf quilts I’m stumped. Can you help? I’ll give a prize to whom ever comes up with a title I can live with. Only 1 rule: it can’t be over 3 words long. Thanks!

      And our winner is…….Gayle of Michigan for Leaf of Faith. Thanks Gayle!

      9 Art Quilters You Should Know

      Trish, Frieda, and Emily, fan dancers

      Chicago is a real hotbed for art quilters. Recently 9 of us gathered at my house for lunch, laughter, and a celebration of the Annual Girls of May party. (Emily Parson, Ann Lullie, Frieda Anderson, and myself share the lovely month of May for our birthdays.)

      Barb Vlack presented us all with fans fused with various designs

      With the exception of Emily (who sensibly has young children and a thriving hand dyed yarn business) we are all traveling quilt teachers.

      Judy reacting to a hilarious story

      Each has their specialties and hilarious stories about teaching on the road, exhibiting work, and making art.

      Anne Lullie telling her hilarious story

      So it was really hard to get a word in edgewise!

      Ann Fahl enjoying the telling of the hilarious story

      But it was delightful to be with them even if I couldn’t follow every conversation because they were all taking at once!

      Jane Sassaman finally getting a word in edgewise

      If you’d like to talk to one of the notorious 9 from the Chicago area and think you can get a word in edgewise here’s where to find them:
      Judy Coates Perez teaches painting on fabric
      Trish Williams teaches art quilts
      Frieda Anderson teaches machine quilting, fused art quilts, and design
      Ann Fahl teaches machine quilting and design
      Jane Sassaman teaches quilt design and creates fabric designs
      Anne Lullie teaches fused art quilts and design
      Barb Vlack teaches Electric Quilt
      Emily Parson is owner of Sofie’s Toes, hand dyed yarns
      And me, Laura Wasilowski teaching fused art quilts, design, and most importantly, the lyrics to the Chicago School of Fusing Fight Song

      9 Art Quilters You Should Know

      Trish, Frieda, and Emily, fan dancers

      Chicago is a real hotbed for art quilters. Recently 9 of us gathered at my house for lunch, laughter, and a celebration of the Annual Girls of May party. (Emily Parson, Ann Lullie, Frieda Anderson, and myself share the lovely month of May for our birthdays.)

      Barb Vlack presented us all with fans fused with various designs

      With the exception of Emily (who sensibly has young children and a thriving hand dyed yarn business) we are all traveling quilt teachers.

      Judy reacting to a hilarious story

      Each has their specialties and hilarious stories about teaching on the road, exhibiting work, and making art.

      Anne Lullie telling her hilarious story

      So it was really hard to get a word in edgewise!

      Ann Fahl enjoying the telling of the hilarious story

      But it was delightful to be with them even if I couldn’t follow every conversation because they were all taking at once!

      Jane Sassaman finally getting a word in edgewise

      If you’d like to talk to one of the notorious 9 from the Chicago area and think you can get a word in edgewise here’s where to find them:
      Judy Coates Perez teaches painting on fabric
      Trish Williams teaches art quilts
      Frieda Anderson teaches machine quilting, fused art quilts, and design
      Ann Fahl teaches machine quilting and design
      Jane Sassaman teaches quilt design and creates fabric designs
      Anne Lullie teaches fused art quilts and design
      Barb Vlack teaches Electric Quilt
      Emily Parson is owner of Sofie’s Toes, hand dyed yarns
      And me, Laura Wasilowski teaching fused art quilts, design, and most importantly, the lyrics to the Chicago School of Fusing Fight Song