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    Newbie Quilter and Have a Question

    Hello all. When using a fabric with a pattern (let's say animals) does it matter if the animals are sideways in a block...or just facing different detections?

    Im new to quilting and not sure if it's a matter of preference or if the animals should be facing the "correct" way when looking at the quilt.

    Thank you and what a great message board! It's been very helpful.

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    It's whatever you want. There are no rules. If you do them different directions some will always be in the right direction!

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    I like my pictures all going up and down from top to bottom. But sometimes, because of the pattern, I accept that they may have to be random.

    Personal preference rules!
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    Oh thanks! I was thinking about ripping blocks apart to rearrange so that all are in the up/down direction. Whew!

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    If the animals and the pieces are tiny, I go with random. If the animal is large like a focus square in Warm Wishes, I like them all to be going the same direction.

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    I've done them both randomly and all going in up/down direction. I like them up/down, facing in toward the center and not facing off the quilt, but this comes from my journalism background. You are not supposed to have the subject of a photo looking off the page.

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    I like bed quilts to be able to be used with either end at the top of the bed, so I deliberately mix up the directions of images. I do the same with table runners because I don't want them to be seen entirely upside down for people on one side of the table.

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    Welcome to this board. I would prefer random. Your quilt your rules.
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    Welcome to the QB...I often do random for kids quilts as they get used in all directions. I guess it depends on the scale of print and how the quilt will be used.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I like random and it is my quilt! No quilt police here! Welcome to this board. It is a great place to find so much great information.
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    For me it depends on the scale of the print and whether or not there is a top/bottom to the project.

    The only time I really care is with fish fabrics, I have a firm rule about "no dead fish" so all must be right side up, or at least swimming up or down.

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    I think it’s up to you to decide. I have a problem myself with animal fabric because I don’t like cutting off a head or body part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoneyJ View Post
    Oh thanks! I was thinking about ripping blocks apart to rearrange so that all are in the up/down direction. Whew!
    I am a fan of not ripping blocks apart, so good decision!

    I agree with the others. It is completely up to you and the pattern and fabric you use. Welcome to a very addictive hobby!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinch View Post
    I am a fan of not ripping blocks apart, so good decision!

    I agree with the others. It is completely up to you and the pattern and fabric you use. Welcome to a very addictive hobby!!
    Thanks! I'm not a fan of ripping either.

    Addicting is right! I'm loving it!

    Thank you to all for your responses.

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    Welcome.... I go with random & when choosing fabric I look for patterns that tend to be non-directional .... however you are the artist & it’s what looks good to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggramma View Post
    I think it’s up to you to decide. I have a problem myself with animal fabric because I don’t like cutting off a head or body part.
    LOL, I get a twinge in my gut still every time I have to chop thru an animal or person. Same thing when I have to stitch thru one. I know it's silly, and I don't let it stop me from using those fabrics, but that little twinge hits me every time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard View Post
    LOL, I get a twinge in my gut still every time I have to chop thru an animal or person. Same thing when I have to stitch thru one. I know it's silly, and I don't let it stop me from using those fabrics, but that little twinge hits me every time!
    Same here!! LOL. For the longest time, though, I wouldn't even buy animal prints because I'd have to chop something off. My family and even most fellow quilters thought I was ridiculous and told me to "get over it." I will now buy it, but still feel like I hear a screech of pain coming from the fabric whenever I cut into it!

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    Welcome to the board! I just wanted to say there really are no quilting police and it's your quilt you can arrange anything you want anyway you want just have fun!
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