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TOPIC: Squaring up Fat Quarters

09 May 2009 21:12 #35106

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.
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07 Apr 2009 14:41 #34142

Hello Tink.

As a newbi in the quilting world (WELCOME!!) Fat Quarters are a greate way to build your stash! If you are trying out different techniques in smaller projects FQ are perfect.

I hope you are having a greate time sewing...and I am wondering what you are making :shock:

My FQs are cut and pieces are partly done. But, my quilts always grow as big as they wants to be so I had to buy some more fabric today...from the bolt :shock: :lol: :lol:

And I am playing with my new 60 degree ruler...exciting :wink:
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07 Apr 2009 11:41 #34135

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! :lol: Thanks again!
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06 Apr 2009 20:04 #34108

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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.

Diane in Colorado Springs
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06 Apr 2009 18:12 #34102

I don't square mine up. When I'm going to use one, I line up my ruler with the selvege edge and trim so I have a straight edge to cut my strip.
Frances
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06 Apr 2009 16:53 #34099

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Hi Tinkpilot! WHY are you squaring up your fat quarters? :?


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Squaring up Fat Quarters 06 Apr 2009 15:58 #34095

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!
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