Rotary Cutter Ratings

Did you know that September is National Sewing Month? To celebrate sewing, Oda May has cooked up a new Rotary Cutter Ratings System that will help you decide which Moda Bake Shop recipes to tackle based on your sewing skills.





Dear Oda May,
I am a huge fan of the Moda Bake Shop! I spend hours looking at all of the recipes and imagining all of the things I am going to make. I am a new quilter so it is so helpful to have all of these tutorials available. But because I am a new quilter, I am sometimes intimidated to try some of the recipes. I worry that I will start and will be too overwhelmed by the techniques to finish. How can I decide which recipes are right for me and my skill set?
Practice Makes Perfect in Peoria
Dear Practice,
I am so pleased to hear that you enjoy the Moda Bake Shop. We have a talented group of Chefs who come up with such clever ideas. Your question is one that I have pondered myself so to that end, I have developed a Rotary Cutter Rating System.

1 Rotary Cutter (EASY) – These recipes are simple and quick to put together, usually no sew or can be sewn up in a couple of hours. Easy recipes involve minimal cutting and only basic sewing/quilting skills (backstitching, edge stitching, making a quilt sandwich, precise measuring and cutting).

2 Rotary Cutters (MODERATE)
– These recipes are slightly more difficult and/or take more than a few hours to sew together. For quilts, moderate recipes require more cutting and squaring up than easy recipes.  Moderate recipes use all of the easy level skills plus the following: matching points, using interfacing, and top stitching.

3 Rotary Cutters (AMBITIOUS)
– These recipes take several days to complete and involve a special skill such as embroidery, applique, paper piecing or the use of a special tool.  Be sure to read through these recipes before starting because lesser-known techniques may be part of the construction. 

Hope this helps you sort it out! Don’t forget to share your finished projects in the Moda Bake Shop Flickr group or on our Facebook wall.
Cutting the Day Away,


12 comments:

Simone de Klerk said...

How very pretty! Love the idea of a bed runner added to this beautiful quilt!

Simone de Klerk said...

Sorry, this should have been a comment for the previous post!

Kim-the-girl said...

I know it might be a long shot due to the amount of work it could take, but will someone be going back through all the previous recipes and labeling them with their rating? It would be so nice to come and be able to click a link that would take us directly to only the projects we are able to handle, rather than browsing through all the recipes and falling in love with one only to discover its beyond our current abilities...

Rachel said...

Wow, thank you! This will be so helpful for me who still feels like a beginner in many ways. :)

~Rachel~

Sandra said...

Great idea. Wish others would follow your initiative. All patterns should be "rated", not only the Moda ones!!

CJ said...

So where will the rating be shown? I did go back through some of the latest entries in the Bake Shop and I don't see a rating.

Moda Fabrics said...

Hi, Kim and CJ...the rating will be shown st the bottom of each post and as a tag (which will allow you to click through to all of the "easy" posts). You will start seeing the ratings show up this week, and they will be applied to all recipes on the Moda Bake Shop.

SewSealy said...

This is a wonderful idea. :) Thank you Moda for going the extra step to make our selections easier.

Okay, so if there is a need to go back through the previous patterns to "grade" them, I would be a happy volunteer! I "volunteer" for FABRIC!! :) hahahaha Keep this in mind should you need someone. :)

Logan said...

Great idea!

Damian Bathory said...

I'm no private chef from bristol, but I'd dive right into the ambitious level right away. What can I say? I like a challenge.

Rachel said...

I love this but is there a way you could have a list of your patterns according to this guide so we can easily access it?

Sandra said...

Is there a link that would bring up just the moderate recipes, or just the easy ones?