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Old 03-30-2009, 07:20 AM
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I have this very very large piece of black cotton fabric. It's about 4 yards. I just cut a yard so I can make strips to border each of my blocks, but when you look at the fabric, you can't tell the right side from the wrong side. I'm wondering if I should just wing it and guess which is which?
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:29 AM
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Well, I guess I would just go with it...if you can't tell, you can't tell. Someone else on here may have a better answer for you.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:31 AM
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Hi Jen, I just had the same problem with black making bias strips for stained glass appliqué and I figured, if I couldn't see the difference then no one else would!

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Old 03-30-2009, 08:41 AM
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I've had a few fabrics like that. Mostly dark ones. I just hoped if I couldn't tell no one could. So far no one has. Tee Hee
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:44 AM
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I believe that most solid color fabrics are yarn died, meaning the yarn is died then woven into fabric. There is no right or wrong side (think homespun). A print is made of woven fabrics then the design is applied. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:05 AM
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I'm working on a quilt that has some solid red -- couldn't tell which was which and I figured it I can't tell, neither can anyone else.... :-) :D

And if they can tell, and I did it all wrong, then they need to speed that car up to 45 mph when they look at my quilt!!!! :evil:
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:37 PM
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sometimes you can tell by looking at the selvedge. but as long as you stay consistent, what difference does it make? some people even plan on using the wrong side a print in order to get a lighter version of the same print for a perfect color match in a different value.
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:58 PM
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Sometimes you can tell from the weave...it's usually flatter on the back and more dimentional on the front...but like everyone said, if you can't tell, others probably can't either. If I think the difference will be noticeable, I mark the backside with chalk. Of course, the smart thing would be to do this before cutting, but sometimes I forget. I just finished one that I didn't even attempt to decide which side was up and it looks great. I can probably be less fussy about it than I am.
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Old 03-30-2009, 05:58 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it, just make sure you cut it all the same.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:12 PM
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You could try laying the 1 yard piece up, then place the other three yards on side of it one side at a time. You likely won't see a difference. But if it's going to be different it will show up then. Place in good sunlight to try it.
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