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Thread: Cutting from strips

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    Senior Member susanwilley's Avatar
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    Cutting from strips

    Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a good week and has a better weekend! And, if you didn't I certainly hope it gets better for you!

    I have a guestion on cutting from strips. I am still rather new to quilting and I am following an actual pattern for the first time. That pattern calls for cutting my squares and triangles from a strip. Do they mean a strip from the width of the fabric or from the lenght? Or does it even matter? I will need to cut different pieces from the same piece of fabric in different sizes. So I want to be sure I don't cut in a direction that will use more of the fabric than I should.

    Thanks so much for all your help! I always know to go the "Board" to get all the answers I need!
    Susan

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    Most patterns are written with the fabric being cut the width.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltNama View Post
    Most patterns are written with the fabric being cut the width.
    Great! Thanks so much QuiltNama!
    Susan

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    often, the directions will include something to the effect of "wof" which means width of fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycquilter View Post
    often, the directions will include something to the effect of "wof" which means width of fabric.
    Thanks nycquilter! I will watch for that in the directions.
    Susan

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    I always cut by the width...Good luck and keep us up to date on your progress, with pics!! Any more questions, just ask..the greatest people hang here!!

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    WOF is selvage to selvage

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    most pieces are cut wof....but many times it is suggested that borders be cut from lengthwise-parallel to selvage. I personally do not cut borders from lengthwise, I just carefully sew from wof pieces, but measuring and marking center, ends so I don't end up with wavy borders.

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    I too cut my borders from wof, every time I've done it lengthwise, I have ended up with some wavy borders. I don't seem to have a problem doing wof.

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    Thanks very much everyone!! I knew I couldn't go wrong getting my answers here!
    Susan

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