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Thread: why cut on the grain

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    Yes I was taught the same and that is what I teach.
    You start out straight you get better results...
    I just buy a bit more than I need and snipand rip the ends to get the straight cross grain. Sometimes the strips are from 1/2 in to sometime 2 3 or 4 in on the other end.
    I use those strips in scrap quilts....

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    You just brought up a great subject .... that is very true some fabrice do shrink more one direction than the other, another great reason to pre wash. Get the shrinking done before you cut and sew then have a mess of blks that do not go together well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    catmcclure would you mind if I copied your pic of the fabric guide as I would like to print it our for my Patchwork class members, pretty please :)
    Anything I post is a freebie. Glad I can help out.

    Take a large scrap and cut two 12" x 3" strips, one on the grain and one WOF and then pull on the ends and you will see how much stretch you get from WOF cuts.

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    Hi Rosy,
    Love your point. I am like you I just cna't save the world of quilters so I have to just look the ohter way too. SMILE
    I say if it is worth doing it is worth doing it the right way for the best results you will be happier with the finished product, and if you are sending to a quilter they will be happier too... and you will have an heirloom no matter what the pattern...
    Happy Quilting to you.
    ConnieF

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    Just remember cross grain stretches a bit and the straight of grain will pop when pulled quickly... Smile

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    Yes glad you do that , I am with you .... I always straighten the cross grain before I cut.... that is why I hate to buy kits, I havent ever gotten on that was straight, and certainly was not pre washed
    Oh well that is why I cut my own...

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    Always do, was taught to as a child, HATE wiggly fabric.

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    Thank y ou for all the great lessons here. I've always wondered why on the grain as well. :)

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