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Thread: Have Question on Directional Fabrics and Triangles

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    Question Have Question on Directional Fabrics and Triangles

    This is probably a "dumb" question, but how do you make sure the pattern on a fabric is going in the direction you want it when sewing triangles: specifically, the fabrics used for flying geese backgrounds. I am using a fabric that has tiny triangles and I want the points of the triangles to point upwards, not angled at all. I have tried and tried and tried and I can't seem to get the points facing the same direction as the point of the "goose". (If you think of a compass, I want the little triangles on the fabric to point north). Hope this makes sense. Can anyone help??? Thanks in advance!
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    Not as easy as it may look. Perhaps you could make a transparent template and use it. I don't think you could multiple cut these, but actually cut them individually, fancy cutting them, if you will. What are you making?

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    I hope someone will have a better solution than mine, but the only way I've accomplished this was to make twice as many. Half the triangles will have the print going the 'wrong' way, but you will have a jump start on your next project!!
    It also drives me nuts when the pattern goes in different directions. I thought I was the only one!
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    I think you just have to do a sample and figure it out. My method is usually try one, and if it doesn't work try something else

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    This happens for me, as well. If I have directional issues that I am aware of before I cut, then I layer my fabric going the same way and stack with right side facing up with all layers. Then I cut and they all come out the same way. Takes some forethought.

    edit to add: If you have already cut the strips out of fabric, before you subcut, cut the strips at the fold, turn them right side up, layer so design is same direction of each strip.
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    Try this. The stripes for the little triangle on the right should face East (Left)
    and those for the little triangle on the left should face West (Right).
    That's assuming your flying geese is pointing North.
    Otherwise, you can use a piece of paper and draw a flying geese, mark the stripes
    then fold them down and you will see in which direction your fabric
    needs to be positioned. Hope this makes sense.

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    I feel your pain, which is why I try very hard to avoid directional prints. I can't stand flowers growing "downward" or sideways , or houses turned on their side, or animals on their backs. HA. Drives.Me.Nuts.

    But I like Teen's suggestion. I'd try that one first if it were up to me--but I'd experiment with paper first. (Draw triangles all over a few sheets of paper, then figure it out.

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    Eleanor Burns has a book on flying geese on a curve. I have it with a printed 'paper piecing' pattern and the ones he started on. Don't remember the name, but if you go to her site www.quiltinginaday.com you should find it.

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    When I'm doing directional, I make templates with freezer paper and draw arrows on the paper side in the direction I want it to go. I lay out the freezer paper and if I can figure out an easy way to cut w/o the templates all the better for me, but if not just press the freezer paper to the fabric and fussy cut. Usually you have to do the old single method of sewing instead any of the multiple ways, like the no waste 4 at a time method for FG for example.
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    Do not cut multiple layers and lay each piece on your cutting area in the same direction. I put a piece of tape at 2 spots on my cutting mat at key spots and use these to line up fabric. I make tree skirts with 12 sections and often use a stripe that I want to be exactly straight. It is a bit more time consuming, but I do not have to recut pieces!

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    you will need to cut half of the sky pieces as " reversed"

    i do not know of any fabric saving way of doing thus.

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    You guys are making me dizzy. I tip my hat to those of you that are detail oriented like this.

    Note to self: Avoid directional fabrics.

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    Uh oh....I took the easy way out and bought non-directional fabric. Only had to rip out three geese blocks (6 "sky" pieces total). Will use the directional fabric in some other project that won't require making sure it goes in the correct direction.

    Thanks for all your suggestions! Much appreciated.
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