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Fabric Bias can be confusing to a beginning sewist. Cross grain, length of grain, and bias are all terms that experienced sewists know but beginners find hard to understand right away. Alex explains that straight of grain is used for both the cross grain and the length of grain. She also tells about the amount of stretch involved in those directions. But it's the bias that is the dangerous side. You need to know what the bias is and how that changes how you use it in sewing and in quilting. The directions of the grain affect placement, colors, and pressing.

Here's a quick test:

  1. What is the direction that is 90 degrees to the selvage called?
  2. What is the direction that is parallel to the selvage called?
  3. How much stretch is there in the cross grain?
  4. How much stretch is there in the length of grain?
  5. How much stretch is there in the bias?
  6. What is the selvage?

Be sure to forward this to new sewists so they start with the understanding of cross grain, length of grain, and bias.

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Use this quilt block to convey a message or attach a signature to your quilt. You can use this quilt block to tie this quilt to a time in history that those who follow will then hear about. Your quilt becomes a part of world history and your family history.

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Here's a great tumbling block quilt from Marci Baker called Playing With Blocks. Learn her easy method for putting together this kind of quilt in Show 1810: Quilting Tools and Techniques.

PlayingwithBlocksbyMarciBaker - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

PlayingwithBlocksbyMarciBaker - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

PlayingwithBlocksbyMarciBaker - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

PlayingwithBlocksbyMarciBaker - 35 Pieces Rotating

PlayingwithBlocksbyMarciBaker - 99 Pieces Rotating

PlayingwithBlocksbyMarciBaker - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Gregory Case

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Here's a great tumbling block quilt from Marci Baker called Playing With Blocks. Learn Marci's easy method for putting together this kind of quilt in Show 1810: Quilting Tools and Techniques.

Original Photo: Gregoy Case

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Shu Chun Lai made the quilt Kepler as a tribute to Johannes Kepler, a 17th Century German astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer famous for his laws of planetary motion.

Kepler by Shu Chun Lai of Taipei, Taiwan was featured in the Pieced, Large category at Houston 2019.

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Lisa Walton, textile artist and past President of SAQA, talks to multiple award winner Sue de Vanny about her quilt, On Reflection - Cape Town Harbour, and the processes she uses to create her art.

You can watch Lisa here at TQS in Show 2503.

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Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of a dress during fashion week? Watch as a dress goes from conception to the runway from one of the world's greatest fashion houses, Dior. Also, learn about Christian Dior's sister and sustainability in fashion.

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The spool block is fun and meaningful to sewists. BUT there are major problems with the design if you don't realize it. Alex will tell you the secret.

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Lyric Kinard made Sisters: The Shape of Love (51" x 51") in 2005. The Psalm featured on the quilt is To My Beloved by Eunice Tietjens. Star Members can watch Lyric in Show 2013: Art and Abstract Design.
 

SistersbyLyricKinard - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

SistersbyLyricKinard - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

SistersbyLyricKinard - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

SistersbyLyricKinard - 36 Pieces Rotating

SistersbyLyricKinard - 100 Pieces Rotating

SistersbyLyricKinard - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

 

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Lyric Kinard made Sisters: The Shape of Love (51" x 51") in 2005. The Psalm featured on the quilt is To My Beloved by Eunice Tietjens. Star Members can watch Lyric in Show 2013: Art and Abstract Design.
 

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

 


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