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newquilter58 posted on Mon, Nov 12 2012 9:43 PM

I have a question about using the dresden plate ruler.  When you get ready to cut your strips, does it matter if you cut your fabric on the lengthwise grain or crosswise???    I have seen tutorials using the charm packs, so how do you know.  What is the rule of thumb for this???   I have never used the dresden plate ruler and would like to try making something small for christmas.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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weezee56 replied on Mon, Nov 12 2012 10:00 PM

Does you fabric have a pattern? will it look funny cut one way or the other? I think as long as you don't cut on the bias it wouldn't really matter. Cutting on the bias makes your fabric stretchy.

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Ramona replied on Mon, Nov 12 2012 10:05 PM

newquilter58,

I don't think it would matter if it was lengthwise grain or crosswise but, my opinion, I would cut your strips across the width of the fabric. Can't wait to see your dresden plate progress.

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the fabric that I am using is christmas fabric. 

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Ramona replied on Mon, Nov 12 2012 10:11 PM

newquilter58,

Just watch Christmas pattern direction on the fabric and you should be good to go.

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Thanks for the advice.  Am looking forward to working on this tomorrow.  I have made a few quilts in the past, but have had very good directions.  The dresden plate ruler is very simple, but  I was unsure about which way to lay out fabric.  There is still so much for me to learn about quilting, fabric layout, etc. 

 

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gini replied on Tue, Nov 13 2012 12:09 AM

if the fan pieces have a curved top edge that needs to be appliqued,  putting the curved edge along the bias will make it easier to applique

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Hi newquilter and it is very nice to meet you. Good luck with your project, I'm sure it will be beautiful.  

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Double post, this place is driving me nuts - of course I did not have far to go LOL

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