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Chelle
#1 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 6:41:33 AM(UTC)
Chelle

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I bught a few panels that I want to cut sections out of, however as I put my ruler over them they dont seem to be straight.  So do I cut based on the ruler or follow the shape of the image?  Pic is to help visualize.  I need to see if all the panels are like that or just a few, that would be awesome if just a few.

As long as I'm breathin', there's no bad days.~ Alabama
mimi2jefftye
#2 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 7:01:58 AM(UTC)
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I always cut my based on the panel, remembering to add a 1/4 inch all around for seam allowance and no loss of picture.  I have had no real problem with the piece being cut not quite on the grain of fabric.

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Chelle
#3 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 7:28:36 AM(UTC)
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ok thank you ;)

As long as I'm breathin', there's no bad days.~ Alabama
EvelynB
#4 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 8:28:03 AM(UTC)
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Most panels are irregular. I cut large strips and sew around the panel, then use a ruler to square them up or make them a nice size rectangle. It can be challenging to make a traditional block. Washing and drying often makes them worse. I do use the stretching we were taught as beginners to square the fbric but often the sizes are strange plus printed poorly.
crzyquilter
#5 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 8:29:33 AM(UTC)
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I've had that issue, too.  First, I give a slight tug at the opposite corners and then smooth it out.  That usually works, but if not, I just cut around the panel allowing 1/4", too.

Deanne
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GardenGal
#6 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 2:52:41 PM(UTC)
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Same here, rare to find one that is square and even more rare to find it on grain.   I cut it according to the picture .. ignoring the grain.    

EB that's a good solution too.

crzyQ, I'm going to try to remember tugging ... you never know. 

gg



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Verla
#7 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 2:56:39 PM(UTC)
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I would cut according to the picture, add a border, then square it up.  Then you can enjoy the panel as you intended.  For those from camp in Oklahoma this summer,  the class we took for borders would work great for panels.  That is my plan.....

 

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EvelynB
#8 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:05:55 PM(UTC)
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Ui also have a small pressing board with squares on it. Sometimes I can mist the fabric and press it into right angles. I can also use straight pins at the corners and try steam. But sadly many don't work.
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