|With 60" fabrics, I can frequently fit both front and back pieces of patterns across the width of a piece of fabric. But it's a pain to fold the fabric to whatever point in the width of the fabric that you need (unless it's the center, when you can fold to the center fold line). I used to do the usual, as I was taught: fold the fabric to approximately the width you want, measure, adjust, repeat endlessly. And it's a double pain when the fabric is slippery, like rayon challis or silk.
So today I had a brainstorm. Using the same technique as in the tip "Hemming Tips," I used a yardstick to measure twice the width of the widest part of my pattern, plus an inch or two to account for the selvage, and marked with chalk at several-inch increments all the way down the yardage until I reached the length of the pattern piece, plus an inch or two. Then I folded the fabric to the mark all down the yardage, adjusted it so the grain was straight along the fold, and did a quick re-measure at several points before putting down the pattern pieces.
This goes a lot quicker than it sounds just reading it, and it much less stressful for me than the old method.