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Date: 10/26/13 0:13 AM

My daughter (aged 8) has finially expressed an interest in sewing. (yay!!) She would like to do some quilting. I have bought her 6 fat quarters which she will sew up as they are.

My question is how should I organise the grainlines on the pieces? All of the lengthwise/crosswise align or should I alternate them?

Sorry if this is a really dumb question. I have never ever quilted before!
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Date: 10/26/13 9:37 AM

Doesn't really matter. There are no set rules in quilting!! Some pattern pieces are better cut on the grain than off, but at 8 don't let her worry about that. Let her enjoy the process of using beautiful fabrics.

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Date: 10/26/13 9:59 AM

Yah!!! Don't you just love it when they finally get interested!

Agree with Sharon, once you make sure they are squared up (some FQ's are cut horrible!), put on a 1/4" foot and slowly straight line sewing. Gosh I'm excited for her too.

Good luck and what great memories you'll be making


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Date: 10/26/13 10:39 AM

Don't get too fussy with this or she may lose interest.

The only time you have to be careful in handling the bias is when piecing triangles.

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Date: 10/26/13 10:44 AM

Oh-oh, you have uncovered my deep, dark secret. I just ignore the grainline altogether all the time. Some books make a huge fuss about it, but if I had to bother about it I would never quilt.

Seriously.

Fortunately, there are no quilt police and we can do exactly what we like in quilting. Please tell your daughter that I hope she has a wonderful time quilting.

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Date: 10/26/13 10:46 AM

I rarely give grainline a thought, never mind try to find it!

How excited to have a budding new sewer!

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Date: 10/26/13 4:11 PM

If I had to worry about finding the grainline on all my scraps and precut strips, I'd lose my mind as I have a lot of them cut and some of my scraps are very small.

If you really want to find what is cross-grain, especially on a large piece of fabric such as a fat quarter or a strip, tug on it. If it sounds really loud, then it's on straight of grain. If it's soft, then it's on cross-grain.

The reason I have found that a grainline would be important is when the seams don't nest properly. Then I give a little tug on the shorter one and they line up just fine. That being said, I don't think your daughter would mind if they were sewn off-grain. And don't you worry about it either. It's one of those things we all must close our eyes to...

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Date: 10/26/13 7:16 PM

Well, Cat and Miss Fairchild, you have both made me feel better. I always thought I was the only one who ignored the grainline, and I felt vaguely guilty about it, of course, I feel guilty about almost everything. (If the cable goes out I think it is my fault.) So now I shall ignore the grainline with abandon!

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Date: 10/26/13 8:51 PM

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Fortunately, there are no quilt police


Heheh! The quilt police wouldn't be able to get into the room to bother us because they'd be blocked by the bodies of the sewing garment police who tried visiting a while ago......

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Date: 10/26/13 8:52 PM

THank you everyone. We'll start today and try and post a pic when we finish.

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