How to Rotary Cut with Inklingo

An Inklingo friend wrote to me about our tip for rotary cutting in the Inklingo Hunter’s Star Design Book (free for a limited time). She said:

“I tried that this morning and it was perfect. I must have missed that before. I use scissors all the time because I never can get a nice blade cut but that TIP really helped.”

This tip has been around since the very first Inklingo shape collection in 2006, so it’s an “oldie but goodie.”

Monkey says, “Thanks for the reminder! It’s time to show it again.”



Place the blade of the cutter on the line first and then slide the ruler into position (red arrow, above).

Inklingo is faster and safer than cutting without a line when you use this routine:

  1. Plant the blade firmly on the cutting line near the closest edge of the fabric.
  2. Slide the ruler against the blade.
  3. Nudge the ruler into alignment with the other end of the cutting line (red arrow, above).
  4. Roll the cutter back to the starting edge and then forward to the end of the line.


The Inklingo way is safer (and faster and more accurate) than traditional rotary cutting for two reasons:

  • The blade is positioned first, and therefore is not as likely to chip the edge of the ruler or jump over the edge.
  • We are not distracted by trying to measure at the same time.



Inklingo layouts are designed with speed cutting in mind.

As you can see in this little movie, once you have removed the freezer paper and cut a layer of fabric into rows, you can stack the rows to cut several layers at a time.

(I made this little movie a few years ago. The forehead camera broke after I used it twice.)

I have heard from quilters who invested in die cutters and dies, but when they tried Inklingo, they realized that what they did not like about cutting was the measuring, and they would rather spend money on fabric instead of more dies.

When there is a line to cut on, anyone can do it safely. Cutting is fun when you don’t have to measure!


Some quilters will always prefer to cut with scissors and Inklingo has special layouts for that too, especially when it saves fabric.

Scissor cutting is portable. Isn’t it nice to have a choice?



There are also two pages describing layer to cut in the free design book.

“Layer to cut” is a cool method of cutting many shapes at a time using a printed sheet of fabric like a ruler or template to cut several layers of unprinted fabric—less printing and ultra-fast if you don’t need sewing lines on every piece.

Haven’t we always wanted a line to cut on?

It’s all in the Inklingo Hunter’s Star Design Book, but it’s only free for a limited time, okay?

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2 thoughts on “How to Rotary Cut with Inklingo”

  1. HI Marianne, Jams should be very rare if you prepare the freezer paper/fabric according to the instructions in the handbook. I included the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook in the free shape collection (pages H5 – H48). Fabric should be washed, hot dry iron, press on both sides, etc. If you follow those instructions your printer will not be a problem. There are also several tips in the archives of the Inklingo Yahoo Group.

  2. I am a big fan of this method of piecing after making a quilt-full of Quilted diamonds.
    I now am having a challenge with new my ink-jet printer. It does not like taking fabric/freezer paper into its works. It gets stuck every time and by then all is a mess.
    Does Monkey have any good ideas/tricks to help get the job done.?


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