Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rip or Cut

My friend saw a quilt somewhere on the world wide web.  She didn't remember where it came from, but she sent me a picture from her phone.  It was beautiful and it was small.  So I copied it for her...

I would like to give credit to the designer, but unfortunately, dear friend didn't bother with that detail.  If you know where this quilt design came from,  I am very happy to edit this post and give credit. Such a simple pattern and yet so striking.

 Also, fitted in with my solids fetish.

As to the title.  Well, I've been working on more window seat cushions and was using this fabric for the gusset

I tore the top of the fabric and cut the other side with my rotary blade.  I don't know if you can look closely, but you may see that the fabric  appears stretched at the top.  Not so on its bottom edge.  However, it is starting to fray there.

I've bought fabric around the world.  With the exception of a sadly closed shop in Sydney, and most of the fabric shops in Melbourne, all the shops I've visited cut.  I would be glad to hear your opinion in the rip v cut debate.  I don't pre-wash (tsk tsk) so perhaps there is an advantage to tearing. ie there aren't so many tangled fibres after washing.  I don't know.  If there are other reasons for tearing rather than cutting, it would be interesting to hear them.

Myself, I like to hug the nice clean cut fabric on my way home from LQS.   


Julie Fukuda said...

I love the colors and random placing in that little quilt.

Janet O. said...

I rarely tear anymore. Too many times it seems to pull fibers, like you see on your torn edge, and stretch things out of shape. I haven't seen any of the shops I go to do any tearing. (And I don't wash my fabrics, either--shame on us!)

Cardygirl said...

I prefer cut edges, they don't stretch the edge like tearing does.

Kathie said...

oh this is adorable love this quilt
tearing there is a shop here that does it and I hate it!
they say it keeps the fabric straight.
I prefer cutting too give me that rotary cutter anyway.

Vivian said...

Most of the time I cut but the two times I tear are:
1) When I am using a directional print and NEED to be sure exactly how the pattern is lined up across the direction I am cutting. I've had instances where directional prints were not printed on-grain or the "hang the fabric" method of determining the straight grain resulted in the prints not running straight.

2) When taking off the selvedges of two pieces of fabric to be joined for a quilt backing. I got this tip from Nadine Ruggles of the Dreamweavers blog. She said that she found that tearing the fabrics edges to be joined makes the seam lie flatter and I found that to be true.

I usually don't prewash but will occasionally test a fabric before using if I think it might run later.

Carol G said...

I do think tearing is truer to grain but I hate sewing those fringy edges.

Sharon said...

Rarely do I see fabric being ripped, however, as a longarmer with wide backed fabrics, I do rip them. They are not rolled on the bolt straight and I have to square up the back anyways. I rotary cut everything else and prefer that when purchasing.
Cute little quilt,

Crispy said...

Really pretty quilt :0) If a shop tears I will walk away. It always tends to stretch the edges and makes no difference when being washed.


Grit said...

Wonderful quilt .
Grit from Germany

Pip said...

What Vivian said, but I do prewash (because of allergies) and it is really annoying when you get a directional fabric that is not printed on-grain.