I seem to have a problem with cutting strips from my fabric.  Whether they are 2" or 5" wide the centers sometimes have curve to them.  Any help would be appreciated.

 

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Debbi,you have the dreaded V in your strips.I learned the hard way when I first started quilting,I cut a whole yard of strips and when I opened them just about everyone had the V.You can only cut 3 or 4 strips,then you have to refold your fabric,trim end and then start cutting again.This is one reason I rip my strips,I know I won't have to worry about the V.

Thanks - I'll try the ripping on my next one. 

Debbie, one way to keep from getting the curve is to fold your fabric twice. This way you do not have such a long distance to cut. The first fold is selvage to selvage. The fold the fabric again with the folded edge being folded up to the selvages. This way you only have about 12 inches to cut and you do not have to move your hand. I also put the antislip film on the back of my ruler to keep it from slipping. I learned these techniques from some seasoned quilters.

Thank you for your ideas - - I plan to try both methods.  Now - - how can I do my cuts more accurately?????  I am halfway done a new quilt and my 9 1/2 blocks are coming up 9 1/2 - 9 1/4 - etc.  I checked my stitching and am using 1/4" so it has to be my cuts.  I am thinking of investing in a Acuquilt - - any suggestions??

Thank you for your ideas - - I plan to try both methods.  Now - - how can I do my cuts more accurately?????  I am halfway done a new quilt and my 9 1/2 blocks are coming up 9 1/2 - 9 1/4 - etc.  I checked my stitching and am using 1/4" so it has to be my cuts.  I am thinking of investing in a Acuquilt - - any suggestions??

I have the accuquilt and it is very good, I don't do strips on it though, just shapes and squares. For strips /sections of fabric i find the "WESTERLEE" ruler fantastic. it is like a mans slide rule made out of 2 pieces of plastic screwed together. You set the ruler to the width you want and tighten the screws, but the ruler to the edge of the fabric and cut, you can do several layers at once and it's fast, simple and accurate. Your blocks are always all the same size and I was told when I started quilting that as long as everything was the same it was OK if they weren't exactly what the pattern writer said (e.g. as long as they're all 9 1/4") it just means your quilt will be a little smaller than planned. Try googling westerlee ruler to see if it's available over there, I've had mine for a few years now and swear by it.

Always measure twice, cut once, make sure you have plenty of light.  Also the way you press can make a difference in how wide your blocks.  If you are sewing an accurate seam, make sure you are pressing your seams completely one way or the other.  Usually away from the bulk or to the darkest side.  I always finger press first then use the iron.  This is especially helpful if you are sewing long strip sets together (learned this from Fon's and Porter show).  Happy quilting.

Thanks - I am trying to remember to finger press first - but have to admit I don't always take the time. 

i had this issue too. i finally purchased a book. what it told me worked.  put the fabric on a cutting mat and fold it in half with the selvege edge away from you and the fold next to your tummy side of the mat. make sure there are no wrinkles. fold it again taking the edge that is nearest your tummy and folding it to the top. again make sure there are no wrinkles. it will likely be uneven at the right side which is o.k. because this is when you will get a straight cut. the folded edge should always be the side nearest your body for this cut. take your ruler and place it on the fabric lining up with the mat and cut your fabric to get your straight edge. make sure your ruler is lined up and does not shift at all!  do not move the fabric! now that you have your straight edge you can simlpy spin your mat around and begin cutting your strips using your clean straight fabric edge as your guide with your ruler. you may need to recut your edge every few cuts if your fabric moves at all. and make sure you have a firm hold on your ruler when cutting over the folds. this should end the bow effect. it did for me! :) there are some good tutorials on u-tube as well. i use that very often!

Thanks - I tried this method with the quilt I just finished and am very happy it.  Thanks again.

Hi Debbie,   I had this problem too.  It is so important to iron your fabric.     From my quilting book it says, Fold fabric in half, selvages together.  Hold  selvage edges, letting fold hang free.  Shift one side of fabric until fold hangs straight.  Fold lines is straight of grain.  I am going to scan this page of am reading and post it, so you can see how they do it.  I would hate to rip all my strips!

Thanks Darlene - that would be great.  I just cut about 100 2 1/2 strips and even with caution, measuring, folding, etc. about 15 were v cut!!!  Since I had to recut them to 4 1/2, 8 1/2 and 12 1/2 I was able to cut around the V - but that's this part of quilt.

Make sure to press your fabric, including the fold. You want everything flat against the mat. If you apply pressure at the fold as you cut that also helps to flatten things out. You shouldn't have the "V" when you open it up.

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