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    I have made about 35 quilts and have never worried about cutting on the grain, I have encountered some quilters who insist on the "perfect cut" I didn't ask why because I didn't want to sound stupid. What is the purpose of cutting perfectly on the grain and how many others worry about this.

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    I never worry about it either. I don't even know why some insist that it be cut on the grain.

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    Cutting on the grain avoids stretching. If I'm needing the fabric for a quilt and can't get it on the straight of grain, I have been known to ignore it. I mostly do scrappy crazy quilt type quilts so I don't pay much attention to the grain either.

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    By the way, welcome from Louisiana:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I never worry about it either. I don't even know why some insist that it be cut on the grain.
    I was at a quilt shop wanting to buy a 2.5" strip which they would not sell under 1/8th of a yard (4.5" pc) and another shopper said that I would be able to get a good pc cut on the grain. Meaning I would pay for 4.5" and only use 2.5" of it but it would be "perfect". Seemed like a waste to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    By the way, welcome from Louisiana:)
    thanks, I've been lurking for a few months. Now I'm doomed I guess. I should be straightening up the house so I can take off for the quilt shop. :)

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    Hahaha, if you're anything like me you ARE doomed :D
    If you've had that type of success without worrying about the grain you don't need any advice!! :D

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    i think it depends on the shape i'm cutting. I just finished piecing a quilt w/ all 60 degree diamonds. Having a couple edges on the straight grain helped the other sides from stretching.

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    the way I see it, I have taken up a hobby that has history. Women have been making quilts for hundreds of years and I dont think they worried about cutting on the grain 200 years ago so why should I. My family dont care and they are warm at night with one of moms creations.

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    Let's put it like this. I just made a baby quilt using scraps, some were so small I had to cut off grain to get the size needed. I have been sewing for 60+ years and having straight seams. or in this case, strips, was never a problem. I sure wouldn"t want anyone to look closely at this one!! And I used the starch before I cut too!! My seam allowances were even, but some of the strips had enough off grain to make then pull funny . I'll stick to straight grain!!

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    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.

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    I find that spray starch solves a lot of the stretching problems. Also, I tend to sew bias seams before cutting when possible. As that is not always possible, I don't worry about it. Bias can also be your friend, so when I do have a bias edge, I make it work for me instead of against me.

    So no, I don't worry about the grain line when cutting for quilts.

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    For 8 years I never cared about grain and did just fine. Then I decided to experiment and cut a border on the grain. I really liked the results. Now I almost always cut borders on the grain. It's kind of wasteful on fabric though.

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    I've been "going against the grain" for years...I'm sure of it, because I don't waste material just to get the grain right....and don't worry about it. I cut and sew and work in all my flaws and imperfections and have never had a complaint from a quilt recipient.

    To each his own...or as I like to say, in quilting there are no rights and wrongs...only preferences.

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    I have to agree with crashnquilt, when you put a quilt on a frame to quilt it gets stretched in 4 directions at once, if there is a lot of bias cuts, especially on or near the edge, you can't keep it straight and sometimes you will get less than satisfactory quilting.

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    I prefer to cut on the grain too, less stretching while piecing. Off grain and bias cuts are why I prefer PPing :D:D:D

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    Never worried about cutting on the grain and I have always been very satisfied with the results of my quilts that I have made, just my opinion...

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    I have never taken any of my quilts to a long arm quilter, so maybe that's why I haven't noticed the difference. I usually just SID and haven't encountered any problems that I couldn't incorporate into the quilt.

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    thanks all, I do my own quilting. Maybe that is why I have never had a problem or complaint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer
    I find that spray starch solves a lot of the stretching problems.
    I'll second that ! I like to starch as much as possible, each step of the way. Everything just seems to go together so much easier than when the fabric is flimsy (and I'm not talking about the quality of the piece).

    And the quilt feels just wonderful after that first wash!

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    Call me a rebel don't worry too much unless it's a definate pattern, or way off, sometimes the little stretch helps with matching. But then I don't have a walking foot.
    Do watch when sewing clothes.
    Welcome and Happy Sewing/Quilting :)

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    Borders cut on grain sure quilt easier on my longarm. But I really didn't know why some stretched worst than others. I assumed the quilt was not square. This was enlightening. I use starch, so I pay little attention.

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    I have found that a quilt stays nice and square and the blocks match up perfect if I square up the fabric before I start to cut. I try to always cut the borders on the up and down of the fabric for the same reason. Then the edges stay nice and straight and no stretch.

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    Since being given the top of "rip" the fabric to get the grain straight, I do wish fabric shops would do the same, I have always done it, and teach my class the same. I find blocks/squares are truer and the patterns are as well. I don't have much wastage as we love scrappy strip quilting and pp.

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