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Circle a Round book and 3 sizes of Cut a Round Tools by
Cheryl Phillips of Phillips Fiberarts approaches quilting from a different
point of view. Create quilts using circle shapes and Cheryl's easy follow
instructional techniques for layering and arranging circles into wonderful
and fantastic quilts.
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How to use the Circle Around Tools
- Fold the fabric square in half, press lightly.
- Fold again to make fourths, press lightly.
- Use the Inch Rule: Cut the 'hole' in the background fabric one
inch smaller then you want the circle to be.
- What Rotary Cutter should I Use?
- Use a regular 45 mm rotary cutter with the Large
and Standard Cut A Round tools.
- Use a small 28 mm rotary cutter with the Mini
and Midi Cut A Round tools.
- Are the Cut A Round tools breakable?
- Yes. Although the tools are made with High Impact acrylic,
they can be broken.
- Avoid uneven pressure and dropping.
- Hang the tool for storage.
- If your tool does break, you can mend it with an acrylic
plastic glue similar to Super Glue. These glues weld the plastic
| What is the best way to hold
the rotary cutter?
Hold the rotary cutter erect, more vertical than you cut strips. This
helps glide the cutter and give you the smoothest cut.
If you have problems cutting circles with your Cut A Round
tool, perhaps you are holding your rotary cutter as you would for
straight cuts. In straight cuts the rotary cutter is "pushed" against
the ruler to cut strips.
Hand and Cutting Placement
For circular cuts, hold the
rotary cutter erect and guide it around the curve, pushing
downward on the cutter. the incorrect hand placement the correct
See correct placement in diagram.
Hand & Cutting Placement