Years ago merchants would "rip" fabric on the grain. The fabric piece would then be on the grain. I've found taking the extra time to pull those loose threads off one side of the FQ would make it as straight as one can.
There have been times when I've purchased both yardage and FQ's the cut piece was way way off the straight grain, some as much as 6 inches. Also be careful the fabric print being off set.
Thank you for your feedback! I thought that I was making it too hard on myself. I have started just trimming one edge as best I can and cutting my pieces from there. I may just start buying my farbic off the bolt to make the process easier but I seem to be addicted to fat quarters! Thanks again!
One of the reasons I stopped buying Fat Quarters is because they usually are so far off, that they are impossible to square up.
Depending on how much of the FQ I need for my project, and how much would be trimmed if I squared up even one side, I just live with the fact that some pieces will be "off grain" when using FQs.
Hi! I am a beginning quilter, at best, and I'm already having a hard time squaring up my fat quarters. I can find procedures for squaring fabric cut from a bolt but nothing on fat quarters. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated before I ruin my fat quarter stash! Thanks!