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Anguschick1
« on: November 28, 2007 08:05:51 AM »

I've picked my pattern.

I've washed my fabric.

I've ironed my fabric.

It's 45"wide, I need to cut a 4.5" wide strip across the width - my cutting mat is 36" - Can I fold my fabric in half & then cut my strips?  Or is that just inviting trouble?

This is the same issue I run into when sewing w/patterns - Hello, my name is Em and cutting fabric scares the pants off me.
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2007 03:40:42 PM »

Yes, you fold the fabric in half - but be careful how you do it.  Most fabric doesn't come off the bolt on the straight of grain, so you have to line up the fabric yourself - I'll try to explain, but I'll sure it will be as clear as mud. 

First, this is easier with smaller pieces (a yard/meter or less); second, line up the selvages - you'll probably notice a bit of  ripple along the fold; shift one of the selvaged sides until this ripple goes away and lies flat - this means moving one of the sides parallel to the other until the fabric lies straight; third, cut away the now uneven end piece; fourth, and finally, cut your 4 1/2" strip.  If you just fold and cut, the strip will be a bit crooked at the fold - which is okay if you are cutting your strip up into small pieces, but really bad if you need a long strip.

Hope this helps a little.
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andreacs
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2007 06:05:35 PM »

That was the best description I've ever read on squaring up fabric.  It finally makes sense to me!  Thanks!!!!!!!
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Anguschick1
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2007 07:39:36 PM »

THAT'S squaring fabric?  It makes perfect sense!  It doesn't even stress me to think of doing it.  Thank you so incredibly much! Grin

Now if the 3 littles would get healthy I could get back to it!
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2007 09:14:34 AM »

THAT'S squaring fabric?  It makes perfect sense!  It doesn't even stress me to think of doing it.  Thank you so incredibly much! Grin

Now if the 3 littles would get healthy I could get back to it!
Glad to be of some help - make sure to post your finished quilt, okay!?!!
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Anguschick1
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2007 12:00:21 PM »

Sure, I'll post pics...if Craftster is still around in oh, 2080 or so when I get it done!
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Rose1234
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2007 09:10:33 AM »

The advice on squaring up the fabric is great. If you're going to be cutting a lot, though, I have found this tool to be a HUGE help!

Here
http://www.junetailor.com/infosheets/shapecut_sheet.htm

and here

http://www.quiltersreview.com/article.asp?article=/review/product/010709_a.asp

Really speeds things up and accurate as all get out.
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