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How to avoid bows/curves in your strips for bargellos and anything strippy

Old 09-17-2011, 07:45 AM
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I read this in a jelly roll book I bought and have started to use this method when cutting strips for any kind of quilt.

"If you have strips that have been cut selvage to selvage(WOF) along the crosswise grain (which most are as it is easiest), just cut the strips in half on the fold. This works well for a number of reasons.

- it helps keep fabrics on-grain and eliminates the bowing or curving that may occur when fabrics of differing thread counts are used.
- You can get more fabric variation in your quilt design also.
- You can use fat quarters too
- some pre-cut jelly rolls don't have many multiples and this lends itself to more variation."
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Nancy J. Martin's Rolling Along - Easy Quilts from 2 1/2 strips ISBN:978-1-56477-841-3 p. 13.

I found out even in high end fabric the strips can curve when sewing the longer strips together.

Good luck and have fun
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Another good thing to remember is to reverse the direction of sewing when sewing strips. You can do this after every strip or a strip set. This also helps keep them straight
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Thanks for this info
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Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
Another good thing to remember is to reverse the direction of sewing when sewing strips. You can do this after every strip or a strip set. This also helps keep them straight
This works good for me :thumbup:
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Not on the list and probably the most important one ....

* cut accurately, squaring with the fold .... if you don't you are already creating a curve. Worse still if you fold it twice and have two folds, then you're heading towards a ^^ or snake effect
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Originally Posted by QuiltE
Not on the list and probably the most important one ....

* cut accurately, squaring with the fold .... if you don't you are already creating a curve. Worse still if you fold it twice and have two folds, then you're heading towards a ^^ or snake effect
So True!!!!!
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Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
Another good thing to remember is to reverse the direction of sewing when sewing strips. You can do this after every strip or a strip set. This also helps keep them straight
I do this and it really helps.
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I was taught in my first class to always sew starting on the opposite end on every strip. Seems to work.
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I reverse the direction but if it works with the pattern, I am going to try cutting in half too.
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