knot of squares - aka trinity celtic knot

Trinity Celtic Knot with Shape Cut Plus

Tags: Class, how-to, online workshops, patchwork, quilt pattern, rotary cutting, scrap quilt, trinity celtic knot

This weekend I've been loading Knot of Squares (class for Trinity Celtic Knot) into the website so when you sign up, you can take the workshop right here on our website. 

I don't often make quilt designs by others, but I did make Trinity Celtic Knot so it could be presented as a workshop for those who need a little extra help. Trinity Celtic Knot is designed by Deborah Cohen. Her version is a scrappy quilt using many fabrics in three main color groups plus a background. My version is using just three main colors with a background.

Trinity Celtic Knot quilt pattern by Deborah Cohen

Original Trinity Celtic Knot: Find the pattern here

The workshop actually gives three different versions - full scrappy where you cut scraps for each square, partically scrappy using fat eights to quicken up the construction, and non-scrappy where you use three main fabrics with the background. The latter is what I did and these were the fabric I used.

fabrics to make trinity celtic knot - non-scrappy version

Fabrics for my Trinity Celtic Knot

Since I needed to cut many strips from one fabric I thought it was a great opportunity to pull out my Shape Cut Plus tool and show you how to use it.

This speeds up the cutting tremendously. The only thing you have to be careful about is folding the fabric straight to begin with. Since the Shape Cut Plus is not wide enough to cut across the half width of fabric, you have to double fold it before cutting. It is very important to get this right otherwise you will end up with crooked strips.

The folds and selvedge need to be even and the folds on both sides need to be parallel.

edges of fabric are aligned even ready to cut

Align edges (selvedges and folds) evenly

Start by aligning the two selvage edges even first. Make sure they are even along the whole length of your fabric and give it a good press. Then carefully bring the folded edge over even with the two selvage edges ensuring the entire length is aligned accurately. You can double check by laying your Shape Cut Plus tool on top.

Use the lines on the tool to make sure you cut straight on both the top and bottom. 

shape cut plus tool ready to start cutting on folded fabric

Shape Cut Plus tool - ready to start cutting

Start by trimming off the first edge. Slot the rotary cutter into the first groove which is 0 inches. The blade will stay within the groove but do remember to hold the Shape Cut Plus tool firmly.

trimming the edge using the Shape Cut Plus tool

Trim the edge first

Now it's just a matter of cutting the required widths. Tip: if you are cutting 1/2" amounts, sometimes I like to add a sticker on each slot I need to cut along so I don't end up cutting the wrong width.

strips cut using the Shape Cut Plus tool ruler

Strips cut - I moved them apart slightly so you could see

One two three, that was quick work. I can move on to sewing now.

Have you made this quilt pattern? I would love to see your quilt so send me a photo please.

If you need more help making it, please check out my workshop: Knot of Squares

Happy Quilting!

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