A fuss-free approach to fussy-cutting quilt blocks (video)

Have you ever come across a fabric print that is SO darn cute that you want to frame a particular part of the print in a portion of a quilt block? That’s called fussy cutting—but that doesn’t mean you have to fuss and fight to make it happen.

Sewing Cottage Pillow
Fussy-cut motifs: we spot a sewing room (or two) in this patchwork abode!

Super Cute Paper Piecing author Charise Randell has perfected her fussy-cut formula so it’s a breeze to feature any motif you like in any paper-pieced project you like. No fuss required! Let Charise show you how it’s done:


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Charise includes lots of fun projects to practice your fussy cutting in Super Cute Paper Piecing:

Colored-Pencil Pouch
Colored-Pencil Pouch

Summer Fruit Coasters
Summer Fruit Coasters

Clothesline Mini Quilt
Clothesline Mini Quilt

Super Cute Paper PiecingNever paper pieced before? The photographs in Super Cute Paper Piecing walk you through the technique, so you’ll be paper piecing like a pro in no time. Don’t fear the paper-piecing path—Charise has got you covered from first to last stitch. You can stitch motifs into projects from the book or sew these happy little blocks into any project you can dream up!

How do you fussy-cut motifs: Just like Charise, with a window template, or something else? Share your approach in the comments!


20 Comments (leave a comment)

  • So far I’ve only done one quilt where I wanted specific cuts, that was for a quilt with Hawaiian houses on it for my daughter after she went there on a vacation. I did fussy cuts for the windows and doors.

    —Debbie Clayton on February 26, 2018
  • I guess it’s kind of a window technique. I use my rulers in the size I need and as they are see through can just cut around them.

    —Joy Dickson on February 26, 2018
  • I have a small ruler that I use to guide me when I fussy cut out a particular motif. I have not used this techinque very often. It looks like something fun to do on a smaller project!

    —Patty on February 26, 2018
  • Usually it is a window technique, but what a great idea to use paper piecing.

    —Lynette Wilson on February 26, 2018
  • I just use my olfa square rulers or Eleonor Burns fussy cut rulers.

    —Frances Claassens on February 26, 2018
  • This looks like a great technique and I will try it in the future. I have always used a ruler to cut the size I need around the centerpoint of the motif I wish to fussy cut.

    —Connie on February 26, 2018
  • I would love to have a little direction to my dreams of paper piecing.

    —Ann Parazin on February 26, 2018
  • I just use my rulers but I have never fussy cut for paper piecing. I love how Charise does it,

    —Diane S on February 26, 2018
  • What little bit I have done with this fuzzy cutting, I have used a window approach. Certainly, darling ideas in this new book!

    —Betty on February 26, 2018
  • I usually lay my template over the area I want to use and add seam allowance. I have done paper piecing in well over 20 years. This books looks like fun.

    —April Lopez on February 27, 2018
  •   I didn’t know if I would make that quilt at the time I was printing these but I thought just in case I do, I’d have these printed and wouldn’t have wasted paper. After all of this work of making a larger paper pieced quilt, would I really make another….

    —clubbansander on February 27, 2018
  • Thank you for sharing this approach to fussy cutting while paper piecing. I love to fussy cut motifs and my approach isn’t as smooth or efficient. I wind up clumsily measuring, cutting and holding up the fabric and template to the light. I’m looking forward to giving this method a try.

    —Gina on March 1, 2018
  • Window template works for me.

    —Karen on March 2, 2018
  • Fons and Porter’s fussy cut templates.
    I have never paper pieced, but I NEED those summer fruit fosters! Time to learn to paper piece!

    —Karen on March 2, 2018
  • Coasters, not fosters!

    —Karen on March 2, 2018
  • I have never paper pieced,but this books makes it look fun and simple.

    —Kim Mueller on March 2, 2018
  • I did fussy cutting for an English paper piecing project just using the paper pieces.

    —Louise Mease on March 2, 2018
  • How clever! I must remember this!!

    —Glenna D. on March 3, 2018
  • When fussy cutting, I just center a small ruler or acrylic template over the shape and cut. Never tried to combine fussy cutting with paper piecing.

    —Linda Towers on March 3, 2018
  • I"ve been quilting since the late 1990″s The bed quilts I use, and rest. A lot of the quilts are lap quilts and I drape them on furniture and we use them. I have some wall quilts and hanging them seems to be an issue. Nick is big and I do want him to hang over the fireplace, which will require Peter on a big ladder. I"d like to make a similar sized quilt so I can rotate them. (I"ve been hooking since the late 1980″s and have far less rugs to show for it!) Etsy! I keep thinking of doing that too but I seem to be so busy

    —residenciazarzuela on March 6, 2018

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