I needed to fill a little space in the wordy border corners of my liberated lady quilt and thought I really needed a house falling on a witch. (I think I will make a witch hat for the opposite corner.) I cheated! I tried and tried to free-piece the legs and slippers but it just didn't work out. (I justified it by observing that some people in my swap embellished their blocks a little with applique...).
MAJOR ETHICAL NEW FABRIC DILEMMA:
To rip or not to rip?!?
I just dropped in on a quilt store in the center of the state (Michigan) this afternoon while running an errand in that particular small town. I decided to support the local economy by getting some fabric from the shop on the village square (my patriotic duty, after all...), and to my horror, they ripped it!! I know, I know...some people think that this is the best way to get fabric, but it seems so violent to me. We rotary cut at the quilt store where I work part time, unless it is double wide stuff for backings. AND, I always measure with "fat thumbs," which means you never get exactly 36 inches of fabric when I am cutting you a yard of goods. Maybe I wouldn't have minded the tearing so much if I had known that I got 37 inches of fabric. I know what the mark-up is on fabric...does it really hurt to be a tad bit generous?? I mean, really!! I think I made a face when the owner ripped my selection, because then she proceeded to give me a lecture to justify her violent act (like I had not been quilting since 1982...). Blah, blah, blah...
I do try and cut most of my long boders perpendicular to the selvage, but I also deal with things cut WOF as well. I "press rather than scrub" with the iron (thanks Mary J. for that quote and reinforcement...), so I don't have much trouble with "squirrel-li-ness" of piecing, even when I cut things on the bias.
After ripping one particularly bad, screwy bolt, she tried lining up the edges to prove that everything would be fine for cutting across the width of the fabric. She could not get the huge wrinkle out, no matter how many times she stretched out my poor
cut "rip" of fabric and re-adjusted the fold. I nearly cried, paid for my purchases, and couldn't wait to get out of there with my wounded pieces of fabric. I drowned my sorrows in a tall diet coke (wanted a milkshake, but got a hold of myself in the freakin' nick of time...LOL).
So, how do you feel about tearing versus cutting with a rotary cutter or scissors when purchasing fabric?? And, how do you feel when you ask for 1 yard of fabric and you get 36 inches exactly of fabric (instead of a smidge more....)??
Bitching, I mean, in stitches,