12 Ways to Recognize Bias in Your Fabric

  1. When you’ve oh, so carefully sewn two pieces of the exact same size together, yet one of them overhangs the other by yards at the bottom of the seam.
  2. When you’re trying to cut a simple thing like 1½” strips, and every time you move the ruler, the fabric twitches like it’s alive and you’re straight edge is just gone.
  3. When you’ve spent an hour tracing the template and fussy cutting the perfect piece for the center of the block, and as soon as you pick it up off the cutting mat, the bottom drops out and the edge wobbles like a drunken sailor on deck in a storm.
  4. When the edges of the quilt top have waves that could challenge Waikiki beach for the best surfing.
  5. When the borders look like they were sewn on with a ruffler attachment, but you don’t own one, and you’re not even sure what one looks like.
  6. When you take a quilt out of the washer to find that the beautiful red batik has bled, but the extra color has only attached itself to one other fabric in the quilt. Too bad it’s the background fabric…
  7. When you were so 120% positive you had more of that beautiful border print that you tore apart your entire studio looking for it, only to find 4 extra yards of it stashed carefully away just as you finish adding a completely different and much more difficult border treatment to the quilt.
  8. When you’ve spent eight hours searching for it online and waited weeks for it to arrive in the mail from some strange little shop in Timbuktu, the same fabric that made your best quilting buddy’s project just sing makes your quilt look like it has the stomach flu.
  9. When…


😉 Just for fun! I was inspired to write this when I saw one of the “How to of the Day” links on iGoogle this morning that read “12 Ways to Recognize Bias in a Newspaper Article.” When a quilter thinks of bias, she thinks of fabric, not newspapers! As you can see, I couldn’t think of 12 Ways, so maybe you can chime in with more?

4 thoughts on “12 Ways to Recognize Bias in Your Fabric

  1. When you stand back to admire the quilt top you just finished, that took many more hours than you thought it would, and the first thing you notice is that you’ve sewed one of the blocks in UPSIDE DOWN!

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  2. When you’re positive you remember just which colors (and their proportions) you put in the dye vat a year and a half ago, and the liquid is the right color, and you leave it for a couple of days to marinate, and then you start pouring off the dye and realize that the perfect color has stayed in the liquid and the fabric is far lighter shade…..

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