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If you are cutting fat quarters, line the selvedge edge up on your cutting mat to a line of measurement. Trim off the already cut side and then start to cut. Always keep the selvedge edge in tact. That way you know where your selvedge edge is the next time you cut from the piece.


Did you know that a higher thread count means the fabric will not shrink as much?


Which is the lengthwise and the crosswise grain of the fabric?
The way to tell is to let the fabric SING to you. Here's how:


    1. Place one edge of the fabric in each hand with some slack in the fabric.
    2. Pull the fabric taught.
    3. It will make a sound.
    4. Listen to the pitch of that sound.
    5. Now repeat in the other direction.
    6. You will notice a difference in the pitch of the sound.
    7. The HIGHER Pitch is the lengthwise grain.
    8. The LOWER Pitch is the crosswise grain.


Fabric requirements & tips


Having trouble working out how much bias binding is needed for that special project? Visit www.sunbias.com for help in figuring it out. Press the "bias" button in the left column; then press the conversion charts button at the top; and voila . . .


On this site, www.victorianaquiltdesigns.com you can download for free numerous quilt calculator charts. You cannot print them off to give out in record numbers but you can download for yourself. Once you are on the main page, click Enter, scroll down to: Quilt Calculator Charts from here you can request any or all charts that interest you. You can also save them in your documents file.


After you have cut same size pieces (i.e.: 2 ½" squares), stack them together and then tape around them with masking tape. This way you are sure not to lose any. Then, if need be, you can mark the size on the masking tape and/or any other relevant information.



Washing Fabric


To keep more than a yard of fabric from getting tangled in the washer when you first wash new fabric, pin the selvages together every 12" with rustproof safety pins, then wash and dry. This prevents them from getting tangled and makes the ironing much easier. 


Throw a large towel in the dryer along with your fabric – note, the towel doesn't have to be wet!  You will find that your fabric doesn't bunch up into a ball and it will fray less. Keep one at the dryer and just toss it in when needed.