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Thread: Straight Lines Should Be Straight

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    Straight Lines Should Be Straight

    Does anyone know what the comment that straight lines should be straight?? I like to enter quilts in fairs and other contest and have received the comment on different quilts. My most recent quilt came back with the comment in areas to improve "Long lines of lattice need to be straight". The lattice I am taking to mean the sashing of the blocks which are set on point. I cut the sashing on grain but they would sit in the quilt at a diagonal to the edge of quilt. Do they mean that I should cut the sashing on the bias in order to have the the grain of the fabric square to the edge of quilt? Anyones insight to this question would be helpful. A glossary of judges common critiques would be helpful.

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    A pic of the quilt might help, but offhand I'm thinking that the straight lines are off square. If it's a long line of sashing it should be perfectly straight from one edge to the other.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    It could also mean that the edges of the quilt aren't straight, but it's hard to tell without the judge being more specific.

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    Can you post a pic?.....hard to make a comment without a reference. But sometimes judges can be very 'critical' just to be critical.
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    A photo would really help.

    There's no issue with on-point sashing, and it does not need to be cut on the bias.

    My best guess is that your blocks are not perfectly lined up so that, when viewing the entire quilt, the sashing looks not straight. Did you use cornerstones for the sashing? This is one way to keep the blocks lined up.

    If you did not use cornerstones, did you mark the wrong side of the long sashing pieces and pin before sewing them together? If not, your blocks are probably not aligned perfectly with each other. I have posted before about how to do this. If you need those instructions, I can post them again in this thread.

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    With borders and long sashing, some judges look down the line to see if the fabric is running straight. You can get some distortion when the quilt is quilted if the long lines are not stabilized first. Did you hand or machine quilt it? I machine quilt any straight lines first before FMQ for that reason. If you crosshatched the background, you have to be careful to stretch the masking tape that you quilt along from one corner of the whole quilt to the adjacent corner. Using partial pieces you can get a bend in the crosshatch lines. I don't know if any of this applies to your quilt without seeing a picture. Some judges are very fussy about borders running straight with no waves in them also.

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    This is a picture of the quilt as it hung in the show. Judges comment was lattice need work on being straight and I am not sure what that means.
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    Wow, straight or not, your quilt is beautiful! I love the combination of colors. It's lovely!
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    I don't know about those judges , but it is stunning and I can't see a thing wrong with it.
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    That's a beautiful quilt! Were they talking about the actual quilting? I can't tell how it's quilted in that picture. Lattice could mean gridwork- is there any grid quilting on it?

    Honestly, I can't see anything wrong with it from that picture. Very pretty.

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