Recently I was asked how I cut perfect squares and rectangles from my quilt fabric. The secret, for me, is how I prep and fold it. This is the way my mom taught me, and by no means the only way, but I thought I'd share it in case you find a few tips to incorporate in organizing your fabric stash.
First, wash your fabric with a color fixative, such as Retayne. Dry on high heat, then cut off all the loose thread garbage that ends up on the raw edges. Your fabric is now colorfast and preshrunk.
Stand up, and hold the fabric, meeting the two selvage edges (the finished edges; in quilt fabric, it's usually printed with the manufacturer and designer's names), creating a lengthwise fold down the middle. Shift the fabric left to right until the fabric hangs straight. Here I demonstrate with one yard of fabric:
Note: Depending on how the fabric was cut from the bolt, your raw edges may not line up. This is common and okay, as long as the fabric hangs straight from the selvages.
Follow the gallery below to see how I fold, stack, and finally, cut the fabric.
How do you store your fabric at home?