How to Die Cut Local Color Quilt Blocks:
For best cutting results, position fabric on the lengthwise grain (straight of grain) as it goes under the roller.
TIP: For three complete 4-color blocks, cut six layers of background fabric (A), three layers each of two different fabric colors (B) and three layers of fabric (C).
- Shape A – Block Background: Cut a 7" strip across the width of fabric. Fanfold into 4 1/8" widths. Place on selected blade and cut. Cut nine A shapes across the width of fabric. One yard of 40" wide fabric cuts 45, A shapes.
- Shape B – Concave Shape: Cut a 9 1/2" strip across the width of fabric. Fanfold into 4" widths. Place on selected blade and cut. Cut 10, B shapes across the width of fabric. One yard of 40" wide fabric cuts 30, B shapes.
- Shape C – Convex Shape: Cut a 7 1/4" strip across the width of fabric. Fanfold into 3 3/4" widths. Place on selected blade and cut. Cut 10, C shapes across the width of fabric. One yard of 40" wide fabric cuts 40, C shapes.
Why Quilters Love the GO! Local Color Die:
- Bill Kerr and his wife, Weeks Ringle, bring a modern twist to the great American quilting tradition with decades of quilt making experience.
- Local Color is a Block on Board® (BOB®) die which means it’s specially designed to cut three complete 4-color, 6" x 12" blocks in one pass through the cutter.
- No measuring! No templates! Local Color includes three unique shapes that are difficult to cut by hand.
- No need to be afraid of curves! Local Color features matching notches on curved seams for easy pinning and fast sewing.
- Includes 1/4" seam allowance and screen printed letters on die for easier piecing and organization of shapes.
- Free pattern downloads and step-by-step block assembly instructions are available to get you started.
- Cut so much more fabric in less time.
- Get accurate cuts every time -- No slipping rulers or mistakes
- Easiest to use -- Simply place die on cutter, then fabric and cutting mat on top
- Save fabric with Two Tone Foam -- Get more out of your fabric by placing it only over the shape you want to cut.
- Safe to use -- No blades come anywhere near your fingers
- With some fabrics, after cutting, a thread or two will remain where die blades meet. Snip threads with scissors.
- Blades on some dies are positioned at an angle. Align fabric to edge of shape, not edge of die board.
- Use good quality fabric to reduce fabric stretch.
- It's always a good idea to test cut one shape before cutting many shapes to ensure fabric orientation is correct.