Michelle, in a comment on my blog, asked how I fold my material. So I thought I would do a tutorial.
I went on a fat quarter buying binge over several years and have hundreds of fat quarters. I use comic book boards that I bought locally. (Note: the price has gone up considerably at this site-I think I only paid $5.99/100 for mine) They are acid free. The size I use are 6 3/4” x 10 1/2”.
1. Start by laying the cardboard on the fabric so that the long side of the board is laying parallel to the 18” side of the fabric:
2. Fold the fabric below the cardboard UP:
3. Fold the sides IN. At this point, I press the fabric some with my hands:
4. Starting at the bottom, fold the fabric around the cardboard:
5. I then fold in the edges like and envelope and then pin the fabric to secure. A note here: I make sure to use stainless steel pins although I don’t plan to let the fabric or the pins get wet. If you live in an area with super high humidity take this into consideration.
And you are done!
I have used this technique for larger pieces of fabric but I normally don’t use it for pieces over one yard. The piece below is about 3/4 of a yard. I started by folding it in half to 22” and folded it the same way: (In the picture, the selvedge is to the left and the fold of the fabric is to the right)