Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – One-Way

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Barkcloth Era Waverly Floral Fabric

In a continuing series on pattern types, this week the Daily Swatch will feature one-way prints. These are prints in which the motifs are all oriented in one direction. They are common for furnishing fabrics (especially drapery fabrics), but are also found in quilting cotton collections and apparel. When sewing clothing using one-way prints, you must be careful to orient and cut your sewing pattern pieces the same way. In patchwork projects, though, you can cut a portion of the pieces the “wrong” way and sprinkle them in with the right-way pieces so your quilt can lay or hang in more than one direction.

Above: A Waverly floral barkcloth from ingemnuity on Flickr.

One Comment

  1. aurora fox says:

    i love the color palette on this one!