Welcome to the first post in the Merry & Bright Sew Along Series! 

This week, we are cutting out the fabrics for the quilt and overall it's pretty easy! I will show you some photos of each type of cut so you can see a little about how I used my fat eighths from our kit. Of course, you'll need to refer to the pattern for the specific measurements. 

The first thing I did was to separate out the prints from the F8 bundle into wreaths (aqua & green), wreath bows (reds), bows (silver) and checkerboard (navy). I did notice pretty quickly that you'll need an extra aqua or green if you want all the wreaths in one of these colors as there are only 12 FQs in these two colors. (If you're getting a kit from us, we will include an extra F8 of one of the prints to accommodate this!) 

Once I got to cutting, I worked on each kind of cut (ex. wreaths, then bows, etc). I cut one print to get my bearings and then subsequently cut multiples layered to speed up my process. 

For the wreaths, you'll cut two long strips and then subcut the rectangles and squares you need. 

For the red wreath bows, you're cutting 12 squares from 3 reds and then 8 from another 2 red prints. Cut two long strips the width of the squares and then subcut them. 

For the navy, it's simple! Two long strips and that's it! :)

Finally, for the silver bows, cut two strips - one in each width of square needed - then subcut from there. 

Cut the background as instructed. (Note: a lot of the cuts are strips of the same width and you may find you are able to get some pieces out of leftovers on some strips and not have to cut quite as many strips.) 

Once I got everything cut, I put the background pieces for the wreaths in one stack and then the background pieces for the navy and grey with each of their counterparts. 

I also went ahead and decided with red bow print will go with each wreath and presorted these into stacks. 

I think next week when I start making the first set of wreath blocks, I will work on all the ones that have the same red print bows at once to streamline the process without mixing anything up. But more on that next week... 

For now, here is my test block! 

See you next week!