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    Somehow instead of cutting the material across the grain I cut it on the up and down grain. I'm making half square triangles and they went together fine. I have 1/2 of them done. Should I keep cutting the way I started or cut from selvage to selvage like I should have. Will this affect anything once I put the quilt together. Guess I was in too much of a hurry.

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    I'm no expert, but I would think if you cut them square that two of the sides would be on the cross grain?

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    It doesn't really matter which direction you cut them first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    It doesn't really matter which direction you cut them first.
    My thoughts exactly :thumbup:

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    I do this all the time. I never pay attention to which way I am cutting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-Till-U-Wilt
    Somehow instead of cutting the material across the grain I cut it on the up and down grain. I'm making half square triangles and they went together fine. I have 1/2 of them done. Should I keep cutting the way I started or cut from selvage to selvage like I should have. Will this affect anything once I put the quilt together. Guess I was in too much of a hurry.
    It doesn't matter across or by length...what would matter would be diagonal, which would give you all bias pieces...not good!!

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    Thank you. You're all the greatest. I panicked for a minute.

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    Agreed -- it really does not matter which grain line you cut them on initially. If you cut them on one grain line, then one side will be on the straight of grain and the adjacent (connected) side will be on the cross grain. Your bias will still be the same.

    I start my cuts on the lengthwise grain frequently since that way I can keep my longest pieces intact for borders.

    Don't worry -- no problems there. Keep going.

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    I agree!
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-Till-U-Wilt
    Somehow instead of cutting the material across the grain I cut it on the up and down grain. I'm making half square triangles and they went together fine. I have 1/2 of them done. Should I keep cutting the way I started or cut from selvage to selvage like I should have. Will this affect anything once I put the quilt together. Guess I was in too much of a hurry.
    It doesn't matter across or by length...what would matter would be diagonal, which would give you all bias pieces...not good!!

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    Same here
    Quote Originally Posted by RenaB
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    It doesn't really matter which direction you cut them first.
    My thoughts exactly :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I do this all the time. I never pay attention to which way I am cutting.


    ditto!

    :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I do this all the time. I never pay attention to which way I am cutting.
    Me either

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    I can't see that it matters unless you have a directional design on the fabric

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    You are safe! ;)

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    I think its the same difference - but maybe thats me.

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    First, there is no stupid question.
    Second. it does not matter.

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    I don't know what I'd do without this group. I was so upset
    and you were all there to help me within minutes. I rushing to get this quilt done before Christmas. I need to slooowww
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    No matter which way you cut, either way, one side will be on the length of the fabric. No harm, no foul!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I do this all the time. I never pay attention to which way I am cutting.
    Phew.. I read this topic and thought.. OH CRAP! I am supposed to be cutting the fabric a certain way??? :)

    :-D

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    This is so funny. If you're having a good day you probably wouldn't even think about it. Some days things aren't easy and you start to doubt yourself. I just quit today. One of those days that nothing went right. I'll start again tomorrow.

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    Some authors prefer that the strip be cut parallel with the selvage instead of crosswise.

    I also prefer to do it that way - I figure I will have at least two straight edges on a strip when I make the first cut lengthwise instead of crosswise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-Till-U-Wilt
    Somehow instead of cutting the material across the grain I cut it on the up and down grain. I'm making half square triangles and they went together fine. I have 1/2 of them done. Should I keep cutting the way I started or cut from selvage to selvage like I should have. Will this affect anything once I put the quilt together. Guess I was in too much of a hurry.
    As long as you're running with the thread, there is no difference. Getting off track and cutting on an angle would be a problem perhaps, but you're not doing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-Till-U-Wilt
    Somehow instead of cutting the material across the grain I cut it on the up and down grain. I'm making half square triangles and they went together fine. I have 1/2 of them done. Should I keep cutting the way I started or cut from selvage to selvage like I should have. Will this affect anything once I put the quilt together. Guess I was in too much of a hurry.
    It doesn't matter across or by length...what would matter would be diagonal, which would give you all bias pieces...not good!!
    :thumbup: ...have to add, "There are no stupid questions!!"

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    When cutting borders on the lengthwise instead of the width wise (it's called railroading them) it does make a difference because there is not the same amount of "give" because of the way the fabric is woven, however if just doing a small block it probably won't make a difference.

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    This proves there are no stupid questions. I learn from every question.

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