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Thanks to the old fashioned Rippers!

Old 09-24-2008, 06:11 PM
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Uh, there's a new notice at the top... Good thing I want to talk about quilting! :D

Now I'd like to thank all of you ladies. Everytime there was a need to cut a large amount of fabric, there were all of you traditionalists. I said iron it and stack it gently and cut through many layers and once... But no each time you were all there "it's okay to rip it" "If you're worried check it on a test piece." "Don't worry it will rip just fine." Each time I listened, but with the cost of fabric, I always shied away...

Then came my bolt. The bolt of natural muslin I bought a while back. Yep. I needed some and I didn't want to get down on the floor and get the mat out. So I took that puppy and RIPPPPED it. Can I just say wow? More even and straight than I could have cut it, barely a wiggle and certainly less than 1/8"! Just a little snip and RIP! I did find that I needed to be careful when I was ready to rip the other grain and even though I cut it in the right direction to only "rip" a little to be sure the tear was going the right direction.

So I thank you. My fabric thanks you, my mat and cutter thank you. There is a time and a place for everything and your gentle patience with the old ways have served me well, and I'm certain will continue to do so as I work through this bolt. Have a cocktail you've earned it, always being there, never swaying from the old ways. Amen to you!
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Old 09-25-2008, 02:16 AM
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HUmmmmm I'll have to try this. It's so hard to cut off a yard when you have 3 or 4 yards.
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Old 09-25-2008, 03:25 AM
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I am still afraid!!
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Old 09-25-2008, 05:22 AM
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Next time I do it, I'll try and take photos to show it's no big deal. :D
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Old 09-25-2008, 05:27 AM
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Cluck..cluck..cluck...I'm still WAY to chicken to do it...I'm afraid of stretching the fabric. That stuff is WAY expensive.
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:16 AM
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Told ya!!! :D
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:27 AM
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My mother was a "RIPPER". I have never been afraid! Loved your post, Elizabeth!

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Old 09-25-2008, 06:49 AM
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If you are ripping the fabric on the length of grain (straight of grain) yes you will get a good straight piece. This is a very good way to get your fabric straight. But if you rip on the cross grain, do not be surprised if your rip is not even all the way across. The cross grain can become quite distorted from being on the bolt and being folded for long periods of time.

Just wanted to let you know.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:06 AM
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ElizABETH,

I have been to several quilt shops that rip their fabrics. Quilt shop quality fabric rips well. I know the stuff in my stash from Walmart or Joanns doesn't perform as well. The comment about the crossgrain is true. One of the first things I was told in Junior High Home Economics 40 years ago, was that the fabric is often rolled on the bolts under pressure and possibly even damp. It is often distored in that direction. They also told us not to purchase fabric that was printed off grain. Those of you who have come to quilting without first garmet sewing need to take grain into account. Sewing patterns are marked for grain for a very good reason. The same principles that make a garmet hang properly apply to quilting. Those of you who have had a quilt end up having ruffled borders learned the hard way.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:32 AM
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See - I think that is an excellent reason to rip across the grain. I do not want to put warped fabric into my quilt! Fabrics may look okay on the bolt and then turn out to be "warped". Ripping it will reveal any problems. Prewashing will help to straighten things, and you can even try stretching and blocking if the fabric is worth the effort, but it's good to know if you have bad fabric.

It's not just Walmart. I purchased a couple yards of Red Rooster fabric from the quilt shop recently - a large scale plaid - and it was printed TERRIBLY off grain. It looked fine on the bolt. I ended up cutting it along the print (off grain) and using it to line a crafty project, but I am glad I ripped it and didn't end up using it in a quilt.
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