Jacquelynne Steves

My Favorite Quilting Gadget

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Some quilters loooovvvvve their gadgets, and can’t wait until they get their hands on the newest tools- fancy rulers, specialty notions, etc. I am a girl with pretty basic tastes! I use very basic supplies for doing almost all of my sewing and quilting. Today I wanted to show you my favorite quilting gadget- I was introduced to this product about 10 years ago at a retail quilt show, and I have loved it and been using it ever since :)

If you are a quilter, you know that accuracy begins with your cutting! You can’t expect to put a block (or anything else) together well and neatly without first cutting your fabric correctly and accurately. Enter the QuiltCut2 Fabric Cutting System. As I said, I have been using this product for years- my old mat bears the old logo, and you can tell that it has been well used and well loved:

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The first thing I like about this is the white color- I think it’s easier on your eyes than the colored mats, and it doesn’t interfere with the colors of your fabric.

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Another cool thing is the “clampy-thing” (technical term) at the top, which holds your fabric in place. This is really helpful when you are dealing with larger cuts of fabric (or cutting from a bolt, like I often do)- you know the weight of the fabric can pull as you’re trying to cut, resulting in uneven cutting. The clamp keeps the fabric securely in place, so it doesn’t move around.

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But my favorite favorite favorite thing is the cutting guide. This isn’t the ruler that you would normally use, it is a guide that locks into the “rails” on the board, holding it securely. When I first started quilting, my biggest problem was trying to keep my ruler from slipping and sliding all over the place while I cut my fabric. I tried the suction cup handles, the non-slip stickers for the bottom of the ruler, everything, and yet my ruler was always slipping and resulting in wonky, irregular cutting!

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You just place the cutting guide on the rail, which holds the bottom end of the guide while you cut, and then you can hold the handle on the guide to secure the other end- no more slipping! There are guides on the top and side of the board, so you can cut your strips, and then flip the guide and cut your squares or rectangles without moving your fabric.

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The guide also locks into other positions for cutting many different sized angles. It will work for right handed folks as well as lefties.

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You can find out more about this product on the QuiltCut website– they also have an introductory video you can watch which show you the QuiltCut in action!

Disclaimer- As I said, I have been using this product for many years- it’s the only cutting mat/system that I use in my studio. When I recently needed to purchase a new mat, the kind folks at QuiltCut offered me the mat for free if I would review the product on my blog. This is an honest and truthful review of the product!! :)

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17 Comments

  • Colleen Speed
    Posted August 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m new to your blog and love all that I see. I was wondering if you are ever at the Houston Internantional Quilt Show as a vendor. It would be so wonderful to meet you and see your kits etc in person. God has certainly blessed you with a talent that inspires others.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 12, 2014 at 7:44 am | Permalink

      Hi Colleen! I think you are probably talking about Quilt Festival, right? No, unfortunately I don’t do that show. I do Quilt Market, which is the trade show the week before Festival. I have considered Festival, but I’d have to be away from home for almost 2 weeks to do both! That’s a little too long for me! Thank you for your very nice comment, I would love to meet in person all of the wonderful people that I “meet” online :)

  • Posted August 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    That is really neat!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 12, 2014 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      Yes, it is, Missy! It has helped me a great deal- I can’t imagine quilting without it :)

  • Posted August 13, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    oh my goodness i have never seen anything like this in my 3yr quilt journey!! fantastic!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 14, 2014 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      It’s pretty cool, Sandy. Only downside is that it’s really too heavy to carry to a class or retreat, but I couldn’t live without it in my home studio.

      • Posted September 11, 2014 at 12:11 am | Permalink

        Jacquelynne, the QuiltCut is a bit hefty for stability, but many quilters take theirs with them to classes and retreats. The box it comes in has a handle, but most folks have the QuiltCut carrying case that protects it and has lots of pockets and room for other tools, patterns, fabric, etc. Check out fabric artist Katrina Wright’s recent post about taking hers on vacation! http://kwfiberart.com/blog.html

  • Posted August 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I have never seen a cutting system like this, I have got to check it out. I often order large cuts of Fabric to be cut down to smaller pieces too~

    Thanks Jacquelynne for sharing this awesome tool~
    Huggs, Nancy

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 14, 2014 at 8:26 am | Permalink

      Yes, Nancy, be sure to check out the video on their website- it is helpful and will show you how well it works.

  • Mary
    Posted August 14, 2014 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I’m getting myself one of those cutters – right after I get my holidays paid for!

    Thanks again Jacqueline. I could design and draw my own but want to do one that reminds me of you.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      Gosh Mary, I’m blushing ;)Thank you for your nice comment.
      I think you’ll like the QuiltCut- tell them I sent you!

  • Nancy
    Posted August 15, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    First time here, looking at your blog. Very interesting and informative. I like the Celtic circle pattern. The first name that came to mind for it was “River Dance”. Reminds me of the stepping pattern for river dancing.

  • Posted August 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    This is the first time I see it.Looks awesome!

  • Barbara Macey
    Posted August 26, 2014 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Is it heavy, require a lot of space, & do you have to change out pieces & parts?

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 26, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      Hi Barbara- yes it is kind of heavy- so probably not portable for taking to classes/retreats. However, it’s great for your home sewing room. It takes up about the same amount of space as a regular cutting mat (but because of the weight, not convenient to stow it away when not using- I keep mine out on the cutting table all of the time.) There are no moving parts, nothing to malfunction or repair. It’s simple to use.

  • cheryl brock
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    That would make a neat class showing us how to use that

  • Marcia B
    Posted February 3, 2019 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jacquelynn!

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