Handy Hints For Project Success
Popular Patchwork|January 2018

If you are new to Popular Patchwork or sewing in general, following a pattern can be confusing. We want you to enjoy making the projects in the magazine, so to help you here are some questions we regularly get asked.

Why do you have quantities in both metric and imperial in the materials list?

Whilst most quilters in the UK work in inches, shops sell in centimetres, so we put both.

The materials list says fabric, but I am not sure what I should be buying. Can you advise?

Unless stated, our contributors use craft weight (a medium-weight) 100% cotton fabric for their quilts.

You talk about cutting fabric across the width of the fabric, and the length of the fabric. I’m confused about which is which

The width of the fabric (also known as WOF) is selvedge to selvedge. This measurement can vary depending on how wide the fabric is, but most standard quilting cotton is approximately 112cm wide.

The length of the fabric depends on how long a piece you have bought. It is sometimes handy to cut this way as it can give you longer strips, for example, if you buy 2m of fabric you can cut a strip 2m long, while if you cut from the width you will need to join two pieces together.

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