Secrets/Tips – Fabric Selection & Design 1

I have, and perhaps every quilter has, made these mistakes.  Let’s take them one at a time, perhaps in more than one post, and focus on the solutions, rather than the problems.

1.  Made a mistake in calculations for size of borders, sashing, or even finished size.

  •  What is there to say for this error except, measure and calculate two or three times before cutting, and it’s always better to buy a bit more fabric than you think you will need than less.
  • We all have done this at one time or another, so don’t beat yourself up because you miscalculated.  Figure out a way to add to your fabric, substitute another fabric, or reduce the size of your quilt – and move on.  Bottom line, no one will notice, most likely.

2.  Not pre-washed fabric and had a bleedover to a lighter color – do color catchers really work?

  • I pre-washed a fabric 7 times, and it still bled over onto the white backing fabric.  Is this common or usual?  Probably not.  Some recommend not pre-washing and using color catchers.  Do they work?  I don’t know, I have never tried them.    Still, as a general rule, I pre-wash all fabrics until the water, if the fabric is bleeding color, runs mostly or completely clear.  It’s a pain, added work, but, do you really want your quilt, well, not ruined, but definitely not optimum?

3.  Had to use a calculator to figure block size, binding or finished quilt size.

  • I know this seems lame.  We can all add inches and feet, right?  But, seriously, I just don’t trust my brain power sometimes, so, yes, I use a calculator.  And most times, I make my calculations two or three times, to be sure.  It’s okay.  It’s a tool.  That’s what it was meant to be used for.  Don’t feel bad that you need a tool to help you be accurate!

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for Fabric Selection and Design  2  soon.

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