When it happened the third time in a row, I realized I wasn't going crazy!
I cut the same piece of fabric exactly 3.5 inch square, then matched it up to it's partner and noticed the 1/4 inch discrepancy.
I cut it again, this time paying close attention to the line on which I cut. Matched it up to it's partner and it was still too small.
Maybe the partner piece is too big. Nope. 3.5 inch square.
This time I grab my sweet and patient husband and ask for supervision. Look, I say, I'm cutting exactly 3.5 inches square.
Yes, he agrees.
Still too small. Is this incredibly shrinking fabric?
My husband has a theory that the water in the air (remember, we just moved from Las Vegas to Sacramento) is shrinking the fabric.
I had some sashing cut out for my second Love Quilt and sure enough, most of them are just a scant quarter inch too short to fit the blocks. So I recut them all half an inch larger than I need and will just have to cut down later.
Is this because I don't pre-wash? Do you pre-wash your fat quarters? I don't like the fraying, so I try not to. If I start to pre-wash, will this annoying shrinkage stop?