So, I've been cutting fabric this afternoon.
Harriet recommends a specific way to cut fabric which is perhaps a bit different from the way that most people cut fabric.
You'll need to know first a little of my history.
I have TONS of fabric. I know, I know, most of us do.
MOST of my fabric is in fat quarters. I would say that 90% of my fabric is fat quarters.
Harriet recommends tearing your fabric, starching it, and realigning it before you cut it. She's not a prewasher (YEAH!!!!!!).
Her method of cutting is a little different than I'm used to (you can read all about it in her book Heirloom Machine Quilting on pages 15-17), so I did some experimenting this afternoon and figured out what was going to work for me.
I'm still not sure what's going to work for all those fat quarters that I have, though. I don't know if I should pre-wash them so that they will relax into straight grain and then starch them to make them stiff again. (Harriet recommends working with stiff fabric when you piece.) I haven't decided for sure, and I sent an email to Harriet and Carrie to find out if they had a suggestion.
So, back to my QA project...I got some 2" WOF (width of fabric) strips cut in WOW (white on white) and light blue and dark blue. I probably wouldn't have chosen these two blues to put together in a quilt, but they were the only longer pieces of blue fabric that I had on hand.
So, now I'll go to work on getting a perfect seam.
I have to admit that I've been a little resistant in the past to use a thread guide on the machine, but I think I'm just going to have to let it go. Actually, I'm not so sure that I can because I would have to take it off every time that I practiced FMQ (free motion quilting), so that wouldn't work.
So, I'm going to have to find a way to get a ¼" seam without using something on the bed of the machine.
For my Bernina, Harriet recommends the #13 foot with a thread guide on it. I'm not sure if I have a #13 foot, I'm off to check!