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From: Sewhappie
Date: 01-14-2005, 01:06 PM (1 of 2)
I haven't seen any mention of this. Does the layout of your fabric when cutting the pieces matter? IE- should the grains be cut all the same way? Are there times when you need to have it go aganist the grain? I know that they have been talking on many quilting shows about the bias & how it gives if not handled right and can really mess up a quilt. Is this something we need to watch while we are doing the blocks? Or am I needlessly worrying about it?
User: Sewhappie
Member since: 10-27-2001
Total posts: 1427
From: joannequilts
Date: 01-14-2005, 01:18 PM (2 of 2)
Hi, why they mention bias is because of stretch. To test this pick up and hold your fabric in front of pull (does it stretch?) now rotate it to the side and once again pull. You will notice one side pulls and the other not. Now you know not to cut on the stretch as this is where your distortion all begins. Hope this helps.
User: joannequilts
Member since: 12-22-2000
Total posts: 3070
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