This is Awesome: Fussy Cut

I have a student at New Urban Arts who likes to ask me lots and lots of wonderful, random questions.  He asked me once if there are any inside jokes or funny terms in the sewing world.  I recently learned a quilting term that I think is kind of silly: Fussy Cut.  I'll have to tell him.

To fussy cut means that you're not going to just cut the piece you need from any old place on your fabric; you're going to be fussy about it and frame a certain pattern or design.

I guess I think it's silly because the word "fussy" is silly to me.  It reminds me of when Pam on The Office tells Michael he seems fussy:

Pam: Would you like some aspirin? You seem kind of fussy... 
Michael: No, I don't want any aspirin! Aspirin's not gonna do a dang thing, Pam. Of course I'm fussy! I'm sitting here with a bloody stump of a foot!

{ Check out Pink Penguin's tutorial on how to make this patchwork wristlet }

To me, Ayumi at Pink Penguin is a master of fussy cutting.  Check out this patchwork wristlet - how the squirrel and ram are cut out so they're perfectly centered, and how it says "Paris Daisy" in the lower left corner.  I love how she plans things out like how the rooster is looking longingly at the apple (flower?) next to him.

As for me, I'm usually very efficient and stingy about my fabric use.  I haven't been fussy yet.  But I'm thinking about it, and in the meantime, I'll share the term with my student, Raz, and maybe he'll get why I think it's silly.



  1. Haha for some reason this reminds me of how my students tend to use our circle templates for buttons smack dab in the middle of a brand-new piece of scrapbook paper. They probably think I'm fussy for gently encouraging them to cut around the edges. I can't tell you how many pieces of paper I have with holes cut in the middle... haha! I can't imagine doing that with fabric!

  2. Ha! I know what you mean, Moira - my students are the same with fabric. But it goes against every fiber of my being to cut a hole in the middle! The result, though, is obviously wonderful.


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