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!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 67

Thread: If you need a quarter-yard... exactly a quarter-yard...

  1. #1
    Super Member Favorite Fabrics's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Orchard Park, NY (near Buffalo, which is near Niagara Falls)
    Posts
    4,199
    Blog Entries
    1
    ... then how much do you buy?

    The question is one of straightness of cut and grain.

    Supposing you've asked for a quarter-yard and the quilt shop gives you a 10" cut... and they're using a gridded cutting board and cutting straight across.

    But, as we all know, fabric is often warped a bit when wrapped on the bolt, and it's not until after it is taken off the bolt and has a chance to "relax" that it springs back into shape.

    So the question is... how much extra should the quilt shop be giving on each cut? Is the quilt shop responsible for the crookedness of the grain of the fabric? Or should the customer be willing to purchase a little extra, to account for this common problem? Is the answer somewhere in the middle?

    How do you figure out what's right... when the real problem is with the wrapping of the fabric on the bolt, something which neither the customer nor the quilt shop has any control over?

    (We won't even touch on the issue of fabric that's not printed straight on grain... that's a whole other topic!)

  2. #2
    Power Poster Ninnie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Athens Ga
    Posts
    11,448
    I think 9" is a 1/4th cut, so you got an extra inch. I always buy at least 1/2 yard, just to make sure. Also a Fat Quarter is 1/4 yard.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    88
    I never buy just "exactly" what I need for this very reason. I buy a minimum of 1/2 yard. That way I have enought to allow for printing errors, rolling distortion from the manufacturer. Very seldom will a shop allow for more than 1" inch or a thumb when cutting. If you are getting from a chain store, they usually cut EXACT or charge you for the extra inches.. as they do have charts they use by the inch, so their inventory is not off.

    Any excess left over can be used for scrap quilts, bags, pincushions, etc. If I am buy for an unknown project, I buy at least 2, I do sometimes buy 1 yard but only if the fabric is very expensive and I can buy a co ordinate fabric to blend with it.

  4. #4
    Super Member Shemjo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Posts
    6,895
    Always buy more! It won't be there when you go back! And I ALWAYS make mistakes cutting when I don't have much fabric and am trying to MAKE IT WORK! I usually buy 3 yards if I don't have a plan. :lol:

  5. #5
    Super Member Eddie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    3,078
    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    And I ALWAYS make mistakes cutting when I don't have much fabric and am trying to MAKE IT WORK!
    Me, too! :D


    I usually buy 3 yards if I don't have a plan. :lol:
    That's my kind of quilter! :)



    To answer your question, I usually round up to the next 1/4 yard increment from whatever the directions say I need.

  6. #6
    Super Member eparys's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    New England, USA
    Posts
    2,230
    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    Always buy more! It won't be there when you go back!
    I always get home and decide to do something else and when you go back to get more it is always gone

    And I ALWAYS make mistakes cutting when I don't have much fabric and am trying to MAKE IT WORK! I usually buy 3 yards if I don't have a plan. :lol:
    We never want to admit that - BUT - if I am tight on fabric, that will be the time that the ruler slips, the iron leaks, I have to rip out a seam and rip the fabric or a variety of other disasters.

    Here is my rule of thumb If I need 1/4 yd

    1. If I like it, I buy 2-3 yds (you never know when you can use it :-) )
    2. If I don't, I buy at least 1/2 yds.

  7. #7
    Senior Member CindyBee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    739
    A 1/4 yd extra is my minimum safety net.

  8. #8
    2wheelwoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    879
    I, too, round up to the nearest quarter-yard. I'm willing to admit to cutting errors....well not really cutting errors per se, as much as brain fades. My last project called for cuts at 4 1/2" intervals. I did the first at 4 1/2" then the next few at 3 1/2". Don't know why....and was certainly glad that I'd allowed myself the extra cushion.

  9. #9
    Banned
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Sleepy Hollow, NY
    Posts
    4,780
    you have to account for waste, mistakes, and shrinkage when you wash it too.

    the minimum i ever buy is 0.5 yards unless i'm making a scrap quilt then i just buy extra FQs.

  10. #10
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,958
    I always buy extra. I know me and I can make mistakes so I like to have a buffer. If I really like the fabric I buy alot extra because I know I'll use it again.

  11. #11
    Super Member sewjoyce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    9,664
    I always buy extra!! Sometimes my math is way off or I cut blocks wrong or whatever. And you know about being able to go back to the LQS and get more of that same fabric....yeah, right!

    And some quilt stores I've been in measure a little too "close" and you don't get your actual measurement but are always short. Obviously, I don't go back to those places....JoAnn's is sometimes bad about this too!

  12. #12
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    SE Qld. Australia
    Posts
    271
    I usually buy at least metre (1m = 39"). Listening to Alex Anderson on TV last week, she says that she usually buys 1/3 yard, yard if she likes it, 1 yard if she really likes it, and 2+ yards if it is to die for.

  13. #13
    Power Poster sewnsewer2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    16,675
    When I buy fabric, I generally buy 1/4 yard extra because I do make mistakes and workers can't cut straight!

  14. #14
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,439
    I think your question is -

    as a shop-owner or manager -

    If a customer asks for a quarter of a yard - can you sell exactly 9 inches of fabric or an exact 18" long FQ - and have the customer leaving the store a happy camper?

    I am always happy to get more/extra - but I won't "fuss" if I get AT LEAST what I ask for. I may not go back, but I won't go out of my way to bad-mouth the store.

    I always re-measure my fabrics when I get home. I get ****** if I'm even shorted an 1/8 of an inch. I will at least call and let the store know I was not happy. And then I do my "negative advertising"

    I usually buy "extra" to allow for all those annoying things, but I don't feel the shop owner/manager is responsible to "compensate" for them by cutting more than asked for. UNLESS the fabric is flawed.


  15. #15
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,439
    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    If I owned a quilt shop, and was cutting fabric, I would measure 1 extra inch on every cut automatically. When the customer sees that, it gives a good impression as opposed to watching a clerk measure "on the line" over and over. Just my thought on cutting for the public. Its the best advertisement yet for a shop.
    I agree up to a point - but should there be an extra inch if someone is only buying 1/8 of a yard, and only ONE extra inch if someone is buying 10 yards?

  16. #16
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    If I needed a quarter yard and wasn't going to have any use for the scraps I would buy a third of a yard cut. That gives you plenty to square up and maybe enough for a miss cut. If you can use the scraps in something else go ahead and get a half yard.

  17. #17
    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Camarillo, California
    Posts
    35,480
    I usually buy at least a quarter to a half yard extra fabric. I have done a few of those cuts where I would cut one strip 1/2" short and the next 1/2" too much and have to cut an extra strip or two to make up for it. Hate not having enough of the fabric to get the job done!!1

  18. #18
    MsSage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    NW Panhandle Texas
    Posts
    597
    I buy extra cuz you can always use it for a scrappy.
    I have NEVER remeasured fabric when I got home.....For my LQS I never would I trust her and I watch and she is really good about the way she cuts so I guess i am lucky.
    I get extra and tell her cuz I KNOW I will make a mistake cutting. :D


    As Teri says you gotta build your stash somehow ;)

  19. #19
    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    currently central new jersey
    Posts
    8,700
    i always buy extra on spec. now i know what to do with the extra: make a scrappy log cabin. :P

  20. #20
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    3,393
    I don't believe, I've ever purchased less than 1 yard. And I always buy more than my project requires by rounding up the yardage.

  21. #21
    Super Member Darlene's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Columbus, Ohio
    Posts
    1,903
    I usually buy a yard if the fabric is neutral or wow or just plain fabric I know I can use it on another project.

  22. #22
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    I was told by a fabric shop owner that giving an extra inch of fabric will add up to big money in a year. She makes sure the first cut off the bolt is straight and it is cut straight, exactly on the mark after that. Not many will give an extra inch like Walmart usually did and those that do will stop once the realize how much fabric that adds up to. Hancock's of Paducah cuts exactly the measurement even the bargain backroom stuff. I've never had a cutter give me 1/4 inch extra there.

  23. #23
    Super Member sewjoyce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    9,664
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I was told by a fabric shop owner that giving an extra inch of fabric will add up to big money in a year. She makes sure the first cut off the bolt is straight and it is cut straight, exactly on the mark after that. Not many will give an extra inch like Walmart usually did and those that do will stop once the realize how much fabric that adds up to. Hancock's of Paducah cuts exactly the measurement even the bargain backroom stuff. I've never had a cutter give me 1/4 inch extra there.
    The best thing about ordering from Fabric.com? They give you a 37" yard! (I think they ought to start paying me a commission :roll: )


  24. #24
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    7,167
    Blog Entries
    3
    I broke out in a rash the last time i bought less than a whole yard of fabric. :shock:

    if we ask for a certain amount, and pay for that amount, i think it's unfair to be disappointed when we get exactly that amount. any extra should be a very pleasant surprise, not something we feel entitled to for any reason.

    the flip side of that is that i expect to get the full amount i paid for. nothing irritates me more than to get home and find that a piece measures less on one side than it does on the side they used to measure for the cut.

    the buyer should examine the fabric to make sure she'll get her money's worth. the seller shouldn't put anything out for sale at full price unless she knows the buyer will get what they pay for.

    that's my dime. (i'm waaaaaaaaay too long-winded to call it two cents. :lol: ) :wink:

    P.S. - how wonderful to know there's a shopkeeper out there who cares enough to have asked the question. your customers will love you for it. :P :P :P

  25. #25
    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    currently central new jersey
    Posts
    8,700
    HUH? what's 1/4 yard?

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

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.