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Thread: Pet peve for fabric designers and fabric mills

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    I have spent over almost all day just cutting the blocks out from a Christmas fabric and a Holiday one of Maxine. The one fabric had all sizes of black out lined boxes. It should have been easy to cut out leaving a quarter inch for seam, the patterns weren't printed straight and so had to use the inside of the block to get it straight. The other one were bigger blocks so was a little easier to cut out and adjust.
    I pulled, starched, iorned and every thing and fill when you pay over $10.00 a yard for fabric that it shouldn't be that far off. Also the one wasn't printed where you could have the yardage cut with out cutting into the blocks so had to buy extra to allow for all that waste on the top and bottom because the block designs were cut through. I wish that the designers would go buy a cut of their fabric and try and fussy cut it out them selves and maybe they would get the fabric mills to do a better job of printing their fabric or they would design it better. I have added that designer to my do not buy list. So going to take an asprin LOL and and figure out how to do the Twist and Turn blocks as the one set I have 21 blocks and no two are the same size. LOL

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    I agree! They were supposedly designed so we could do just that!

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    it is not the designers fault when a manufacturer does not create the line straight!
    and different markets have different quality measures- that's why some lines are so much less expensive in some markets and more in others-
    it has nothing to do with the designer
    and some shops sell (block printed fabrics) as panals- and cut accordingly- others do not care- and will cut right through a block--or charge extra- also not the designer's fault- it was designed to be purchased with each square whole- that part is directly the shops fault
    again nothing to do with the designer

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    I think a lot of the problem comes from the process of winding the fabric on the bolts while it is still damp. This stretchs and distorts the fabric and the design. I find it so annoying when I am making my numerous Linus quilts. I tear the fabric so that I can get a straight line on both sides and even though I prewashed, machine dried and ironed the fabric before I tore it I can not get two straight pieces. The more expensive fabric does seem to be better but I can not afford to make at least 20 Linus quilts a month from QS grade $10 a yard plus fabric.

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    write a letter to the manufacturer.

    include photographs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    it is not the designers fault when a manufacturer does not create the line straight!
    and different markets have different quality measures- that's why some lines are so much less expensive in some markets and more in others-
    it has nothing to do with the designer
    and some shops sell (block printed fabrics) as panals- and cut accordingly- others do not care- and will cut right through a block--or charge extra- also not the designer's fault- it was designed to be purchased with each square whole- that part is directly the shops fault
    again nothing to do with the designer
    Sorry I wasn't more clear about the fabric, the one fabric had the blocks of designs printed so there was no way you could cut it straight across with out cutting through several blocks all in differnt areas of some of the blocks. It wasn't a panel but yardage fabric and had the different sized printed design blocks. You couldn't even use it as a whole piece because with the straight end cuts went through several blocks at different places. The person at the fabric shop complained about it to that to get all the designs I had to get extra fabric.. The other piece of fbric was able to be cut so the cut could go straight across with out cutting into the designs and get a whole pattern repeat, the designs were not printed on the fabric straight on that piece which would have been the mills doing. The other blocks were 6x6, 8x6,7x5.50 etc so there were a lot of different sizes on a colored back ground and I wanted one of all the designs. hard to explaine with out being more specfic as to the designs.I don't know if designers just send the seperate designs and then the mills put them all on a fabric or the designer has a say in how what and how they are placed on the back ground fabric. It wasn't square blocks or panel fabric.
    I just fill that when I pay for a good designer fabric it shouldn't have been like it was, it had nothing to do with the way the shop cut it they did the best they could and even pointed it out that if I wanted all the designs on the fabric some were going to be cut through and she worked to be sure I got the full set like I wanted. Maybe we need to let the designers know what the fabric mill is doing to their fabric. There is a web address of the designer on the salvage I will write and let them know.

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    I have learned to check for grain lines before buying those sorts of prints.

    I don't care for those "boxed/framed" medley type prints because they are hard to fussy cut without wrecking the part next to it.

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    As a shop selling fabric, I rarely order panels for that very reason. When we are ordering from paper designs, everything is nice and straight,but when the actual fabric arrives, it is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew
    As a shop selling fabric, I rarely order panels for that very reason. When we are ordering from paper designs, everything is nice and straight,but when the actual fabric arrives, it is not.
    Wow, that is frustrating for buyer shop owner and buyer consumer. Does not seem right at all.

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    Frustration level high?

    That is why I don't buy squares on fabric.

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