Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 24 of 24

Thread: Fabric direction help

  1. #1
    Senior Member LLWinston44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    N California
    Posts
    901
    I am sooooooo perplexed. UGH! Okay, so all the fabric I purchase comes off the bolt selvage to selvage with that being width, and the fabric to fabric is length. Right?? Well in any event, my aunt gave me a bunch of fabric...... don't know how long she's had it, but it's done the opposite! So it's folded long ways instead of wide. UGH. I'm going to try to take a picture with my phone. It's hard to explain. But basically I've got a a REEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyy yy long piece of fabric that isn't that wide.
    I know I'm not saying it right now. See, I've got myself all jumbled up. But I can't figure out how to fold and cut this monstrosity!

    Okay so the fold is at the bottom (widest part of picture)
    Name:  Attachment-279803.jpe
Views: 109
Size:  69.4 KB

  2. #2
    Super Member LyndaOH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    northwest Ohio
    Posts
    1,231
    Can you just refold it selvage to selvage?

  3. #3
    Senior Member LLWinston44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    N California
    Posts
    901
    Okay so the way it is, it's 107". If I refold it selvage to selvage that'll double it! But the total selvage to selvage is 45. So is this basically 6 yards of fabric that she just folded weird??

  4. #4
    Super Member LyndaOH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    northwest Ohio
    Posts
    1,231
    I think that's exactly what it is - a really long piece of fabric!

    I sometimes fold mine that way after I've prewashed it because it's easier and I know I have to iron it anyway, so I'll fold it properly after ironing. I only do that if it's a very long piece.

  5. #5
    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    11,454
    Blog Entries
    20
    I think I might be confused, 107" would be 3 yards... I see, 107" folded over, so it would be 214" around 6 yards. I would refold selvedge to selvedge.

  6. #6
    Super Member LyndaOH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    northwest Ohio
    Posts
    1,231
    It's still folded in half at 107", so it's really 214".

  7. #7
    Senior Member LLWinston44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    N California
    Posts
    901
    lol. Thanks you guys. You really made it so much more simple than my mind would let me. lolol.

  8. #8
    Junior Member brenda90159's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Humble, TX
    Posts
    158
    If it is older fabric it is probably 36" wide material has only be 42-44" for the last 10yr or so. The pattern is going directional so it is probably all the fabric from a bolt just use it as needed following the direction of the pattern for your needed pattern.

  9. #9
    Super Member raptureready's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    5,299
    The selvage to selvage or width of fabric will be slightly stretchy, the grain with the length doesn't stretch. Older fabric was sometimes only 36" wide. If you need to wash it you might try cutting it into 3 yd lengths. It will wash and dry much easier.

  10. #10
    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    14,821
    Does it really matter?
    Fold it whatever way you feel is best for whatever you are doing with those cows!

  11. #11
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    42,530
    Blog Entries
    43
    when i first started, i did that, too. when i reorganized my stash, they were all refolded like bolts in the fabric shop

  12. #12
    Senior Member LLWinston44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    N California
    Posts
    901
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Does it really matter?
    Fold it whatever way you feel is best for whatever you are doing with those cows!
    You know, I guess in the long run it doesn't, but I couldn't figure it out what direction the fabric was and since it's directional it was confusing me on which way to cut it.

    No it probably doesn't matter, but I am just one of those 'must know the way it works' kind of people.

    And I did NOT need 6 yards of cow fabric. lolol! I barely need one! haha.

  13. #13
    Super Member quiltsRfun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Utah
    Posts
    8,026
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by LyndaOH
    I think that's exactly what it is - a really long piece of fabric!

    I sometimes fold mine that way after I've prewashed it because it's easier and I know I have to iron it anyway, so I'll fold it properly after ironing. I only do that if it's a very long piece.
    I do that sometimes after pressing to avoid the center crease.

  14. #14
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,172
    Blog Entries
    1
    3 yards = 108 inches- so if you have apiece that is 107"x45" it is an inch short of being 3 yards-

  15. #15
    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    14,821
    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Does it really matter?
    Fold it whatever way you feel is best for whatever you are doing with those cows!
    You know, I guess in the long run it doesn't, but I couldn't figure it out what direction the fabric was and since it's directional it was confusing me on which way to cut it.

    No it probably doesn't matter, but I am just one of those 'must know the way it works' kind of people.

    And I did NOT need 6 yards of cow fabric. lolol! I barely need one! haha.
    It'd make a great backing for a fun quilt!

  16. #16
    Super Member wraez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Adelanto, CA
    Posts
    4,053
    I think it would be cute backing fabric!

    Someone else can correct me, but when it is folded weird like you mentioned, is that a 'flat fold'?

  17. #17
    Super Member thimblebug6000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    British Columbia
    Posts
    6,079
    Awhile back some of the members did a farm block type swap, maybe one of them would be interested in it for a backing? Just a thought. Or you could make some appliqué animals yourself. http://www.freeapplique.com/barnyard...spatterns.html

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-119963-1.htm

  18. #18
    Senior Member SUZAG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Fowlerville, MI
    Posts
    686
    You've got enough there until the "cows come home"...LOL

  19. #19
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    howell, Mi
    Posts
    2,321
    It would make a cute backing for several fun quilts. I would refold it and save it for some fun quilts in the future. Since it is 6 yds. it will make several backings.
    Sue

  20. #20
    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Knot Merrill, Southern Indiana
    Posts
    5,713
    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    You know, I guess in the long run it doesn't, but I couldn't figure it out what direction the fabric was and since it's directional it was confusing me on which way to cut it.

    No it probably doesn't matter, but I am just one of those 'must know the way it works' kind of peopl.
    There are two ways to tell the warp (length) from the weft (width). One is to look for the selvedges - that's the weft.

    If the selvedges have been cut off another way to tell is to stretch a bit between your fingers. The weft usually will have more stretch than the warp.

    With that much yardage, if you wanted to use it for sashing or a border, I'd take advantage of cutting it lengthwise.

    If your going to cut it into smaller pieces, then it really won't matter how you cut it.

  21. #21
    Super Member coachmatthewsvhs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Vestal, NY
    Posts
    1,674
    Blog Entries
    1
    Moooooooooo!!!

  22. #22
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Memphis, TN
    Posts
    186
    I would use it as a backing on a double sided quilt.

  23. #23
    Senior Member dunngriffith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    DeQueen, Arkansas
    Posts
    550
    Blog Entries
    1
    If you buy flat fold bundles from a manufacturer they come folded that way. I just refold. No problem!

  24. #24
    Super Member alfosa421's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    up to my eyeballs in UFOs
    Posts
    2,345
    Blog Entries
    3
    If you are looking to make backing -measure the length of the back and cut cut another piece the same way then split in lengthwise and sew each half onto the long center piece-on 44 wide it wil give you 88 wide when done minus seams and selvadges-hope the makes sense

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.