Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Cutting against ''what'' bias...? >

Cutting against ''what'' bias...?

Cutting against ''what'' bias...?

Old 06-14-2010, 10:14 AM
  #1  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
ICU_FOSTERMOM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Land of Hugs
Posts: 1,607
Default

I have a scrap of cotton that was given to me and I would like to cut it into 2-2 1/2'' squares . this fabric looks like it was cut from something that had a long curve. Since the fabric is curved it is continually chainging the direction of the grain .

? is....can I still use it to make small blocks that will go into a quilt ?
ICU_FOSTERMOM is offline  
Old 06-14-2010, 10:18 AM
  #2  
Power Poster
 
amma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Out searching for some sunshine :-)
Posts: 58,857
Default

You should be able to see the grain lines on the back of the fabric. Try cutting with the back side up to avoid bias sides on your blocks :D:D:D
amma is offline  
Old 06-14-2010, 10:20 AM
  #3  
Super Member
 
Maride's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 2,735
Default

Just in case, starch it before you cut to protect the edges.
Maride is offline  
Old 06-14-2010, 04:16 PM
  #4  
Super Member
 
Moonpi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Central FL
Posts: 4,829
Default

tease a thread out to get the straight grain more visable
Moonpi is offline  
Old 06-14-2010, 05:27 PM
  #5  
Super Member
 
AnnaK's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: San Francisco Bay area
Posts: 1,419
Default

That's a good idea Moonpi. The easiest way to tell. Then sent your ruler parallel to it to cut on the grain.
AnnaK is offline  
Old 06-14-2010, 11:28 PM
  #6  
Google Goddess
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Central Indiana (USA)
Posts: 30,181
Default

good idea, thanks for sharing your tip with us

Originally Posted by Moonpi
tease a thread out to get the straight grain more visable
craftybear is offline  
Old 06-15-2010, 04:33 AM
  #7  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: MN
Posts: 22,770
Default

Originally Posted by amma
You should be able to see the grain lines on the back of the fabric. Try cutting with the back side up to avoid bias sides on your blocks :D:D:D
This works for me. One can usually see the threads from the back and line up one's template/ruler accordingly.
bearisgray is offline  
Old 06-15-2010, 05:39 AM
  #8  
Super Member
 
ghostrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 4,688
Default

You can also very gently pull on the fabric. The direction that does not stretch is the lengthwise grain, 90 from that is the crosswise grain, 45 from either of those is the true bias, and anything else is just "off grain".
ghostrider is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
kwendt
Main
111
01-08-2011 10:20 AM
lazyquilter
Main
3
07-28-2010 08:18 PM
kay carlson
Main
20
05-20-2010 02:10 PM
KrazyQuilter
Main
57
10-02-2008 11:25 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.