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Thread: Cutting sashing fabric - across or down?

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    Cutting sashing fabric - across or down?

    How do you cut sashing fabric?
    Do you cut selvage to selvage or down the yardage?
    Thanks.

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    Personally I cut my bindings and sashing lengthwise, but I'm sure that you'll get people that do it selvage to selvage, so I would say it's a personal preference.

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    I cut bindings selvedge to selvedge to get a bit of stretch without resorting to bias bindings. I'm not too hung up on the weave direction when I cut my sashings. I always use cornerstones, I get much better matching when I do. With the cornerstones, the sashing pieces are going to only be the length of a block. What I do look at is the pattern of the sashing fabric, and decide which way would look best. If it's an obvious directional, I have been known to cut the sashing both WOF and LOF so that the pattern stays consistent.
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    It depends on the fabric. If it is a directional print I go with lengthwise. If the fabric has a nap or sheen, I try to make sure all the pieces in a quilt and the border go in the same direction.

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    I prefer to use the length of fabric, because I like the stability of it.

    Doreen Speckmann used width of fabric because of the stretch - it was easier to 'fudge' if one needed to.

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    I am more referring to shot cotton kind of fabric where there is no design considerations.

    I am doing (actually just completed) a top that uses kona cotton sashing, and I was pondering if I should cut WOF or LOF.
    I decided on LOF as I did not want any stretch.

    I think WOF would be good for binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Doreen Speckmann used width of fabric because of the stretch - it was easier to 'fudge' if one needed to.
    Yes, agree with the fudge factor. But that could also be a double edge sword

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    For me it depends if the fabric is directional. To avoid waviness if you have multiple borders, cut all the pieces in the same direction for the border sets.

    Cheers, K

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    Another option - instead of running sashing down the entire quilt, sash each block individually. This makes keeping the blocks lined up SO much easier.

    For instance - in this quilt, I sewed short strips of the pale pink fabric to each block, then sewed all the blocks together.
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    I've done it either way...depends on my fabric, etc.,...really a personal preference.
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