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Thread: why cut on the grain

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    Thanks! in simple words the grain is the WOF the Bias is the length!!Simple LOL :lol:

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    Bias is the diagonal across the fabric. With the grain is along the length of the fabric (parallel to the selvedge). Little stretch. Width of fabric is selvedge to selvedge, a little more stretch.

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    I just have to agree with you!! like your attitude!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    I do strive to cut on grain. When the fabric is off grain it can stretch. The stretching really shows up at the quilting stage for a longarmer. There will be "valleys and hills" within the blocks. Also, the fabric will not lay down while being quilted which causes pleats and tucks.

    Also, if you have a block with bias cuts in the block, if the sashing is off grain that block can really stretch when on the frame.

    Just my opinion.
    Yes, I agree. And a very little amount of fabric is lost by squaring up a piece of yardage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz
    Rosy, Thank you for the cutting a skirt sample. I can go for that and it will help me when I forget which is which. On scraps I have a real problem and some times when there is no salvage left, I pull one way on fabric and then the other to see which stretches and which does not.

    You're welcome Suz, sometimes when doing my S and C quilts and I have a strip that I want to use and it's cut on the cross, I put it in anyway and just butt it up to a stright grain to keep it there.

    I use my friend's scraps, so they are cut anywhich way but I find a way to use them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berta48
    Thanks! in simple words the grain is the WOF the Bias is the length!!Simple LOL :lol:
    NO:
    Straight of the grain is parallel to the selvage.
    WOF is across the grain
    Bias is cut at a 45 degree angle from either the grain or WOF
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    catmcclure would you mind if I copied your pic of the fabric guide as I would like to print it our for my Patchwork class members, pretty please :)

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    HI Carol I am with you I will stick to straight of grain except on scrappy quilts it does make a difference in some patterns or blocks.

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    HI Cashnquilt yes you are right.... good girl cut as straigt a grain as you can

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    Me neither. I can't ever remember getting a piece of fabric cut on the straight except way back before rotary cutters and they used to clip and rip 100% cottons....smile telling my age

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    Yes I was taught the same and that is what I teach.
    You start out straight you get better results...
    I just buy a bit more than I need and snipand rip the ends to get the straight cross grain. Sometimes the strips are from 1/2 in to sometime 2 3 or 4 in on the other end.
    I use those strips in scrap quilts....

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    You just brought up a great subject .... that is very true some fabrice do shrink more one direction than the other, another great reason to pre wash. Get the shrinking done before you cut and sew then have a mess of blks that do not go together well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    catmcclure would you mind if I copied your pic of the fabric guide as I would like to print it our for my Patchwork class members, pretty please :)
    Anything I post is a freebie. Glad I can help out.

    Take a large scrap and cut two 12" x 3" strips, one on the grain and one WOF and then pull on the ends and you will see how much stretch you get from WOF cuts.

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    Hi Rosy,
    Love your point. I am like you I just cna't save the world of quilters so I have to just look the ohter way too. SMILE
    I say if it is worth doing it is worth doing it the right way for the best results you will be happier with the finished product, and if you are sending to a quilter they will be happier too... and you will have an heirloom no matter what the pattern...
    Happy Quilting to you.
    ConnieF

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    Just remember cross grain stretches a bit and the straight of grain will pop when pulled quickly... Smile

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    Yes glad you do that , I am with you .... I always straighten the cross grain before I cut.... that is why I hate to buy kits, I havent ever gotten on that was straight, and certainly was not pre washed
    Oh well that is why I cut my own...

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    Always do, was taught to as a child, HATE wiggly fabric.

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    Thank y ou for all the great lessons here. I've always wondered why on the grain as well. :)

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