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Pattie Posted: Wed, Aug 31 2011 8:50 PM

I can't believe I'm writing this.....I've only been quilting since March of this year.  Lots of websites, lots of You Tube videos.  Learning  new things.... but one basic thing just hit me.  I had acquired a box of blocks from someone... and I was looking at the construction and it hit me.............Why do their seams look different than mine?  I then went to my sewing machine...looked at the markings,,,, I see the 1/4 inch, the 5/8 inch and the 1 inch.... ok... everything looks fine....Well I've been using my pressure foot to gauge the 1/4 inch which will work if you have your needle in the correct position.....Well for  6 months now.....all of my seams have been 1/2 inch not 1/4 inch......No wonder all my stuff comes ups short......................DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My stuff still looks good.. but my seams are a little bigger than they should be.  Now I know better..........

 

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Angele replied on Wed, Aug 31 2011 9:50 PM

It might be your first DUH but unfortunately not your last... I think we all have some at one time or another.  So I am glad you love what you are doing even though you reduced the size of your quilt. 

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Barbara replied on Wed, Aug 31 2011 9:56 PM

Pattie welcome to the wonderful world of quilting ,if that was my only mistake I'd be thrilled ...Barbara

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Nana replied on Wed, Aug 31 2011 10:18 PM

Pattie

The first of many DUH moments in the wonderful world of quilting.  As long as your quilt looks good you have won the big battle.

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gini replied on Wed, Aug 31 2011 10:24 PM

my life is one long string of DUH moments.  my latest, i wrote a long page of notes to the person who's round robin i was finishing.   told her that she would need to put her quilt on point to balance the colors.  then i put her quilt up on the wall, turned 90 degrees from where i had it earlier and ta da, it was perfectly balanced.

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Hi Pattie,

You must be a quilter! You quilts still came out fine.  The true test of a quilter is the solutions that she or he comes up with to disguise any boo-boos so no one else sees them!LOL

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Paula replied on Thu, Sep 1 2011 5:15 AM

I did the same thing when I first started...needle had to be in left position for quarter inch!!! We learn new things all the time!!!

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Paula replied on Thu, Sep 1 2011 5:16 AM

DUHHH not left but right position....see I'm still a dunce!!!

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Marie replied on Thu, Sep 1 2011 10:18 AM

Pattie, as long as you were consistent with your 1/2" seam you're golden.  All should've gone together well, that's what Maryellen says.  Forgot her last name but she's a great quilter and a "hoot" to boot!  1/4" is ideal in the quilting world but consistency is the key.

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Karla replied on Thu, Sep 1 2011 12:30 PM

Well, duh!  I made a ton a squares before I realized they were not the same size when I first started quilting.  Come to find out, my grandson's favorite pasttime was adjusting the needle position on my machine.  He has since been threatened with certain death if he touches my machine and I have learned to check all of the settings each time I sit down to the machine just in case he doesn't remember my threat.

 

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Sukochi replied on Thu, Sep 1 2011 12:49 PM

When I first started quilting, I had not ever used a sewing machine and had no clue that the needle was not at 1/4. Well, since ripping more thread then I care to mention, I learned.  Looks like we are in the same club more so then we thought.

 

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Carol replied on Thu, Sep 1 2011 10:54 PM

Marie:

Pattie, as long as you were consistent with your 1/2" seam you're golden.  All should've gone together well, that's what Maryellen says.  Forgot her last name but she's a great quilter and a "hoot" to boot!  1/4" is ideal in the quilting world but consistency is the key.

Mary Ellen Hopkins ~~ just love that lady!  "It's ok if you sit on my quilt" was one of her books.  She came to the San Antonio Quilt Guild when we had just started, and everyone loved her program and personality too.

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Marie replied on Fri, Sep 2 2011 12:20 AM

Thanks Carol, Mary Ellen Hopkins.

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Vivian replied on Fri, Sep 2 2011 10:17 AM

It was a long time before I was told ( i didn't even realize it myself) that each block needed to be the same size.  Which is why each pattern says square to 8 or 8.5 inches ( or what ever)  it is amazing how flat your quilt will lay if you eliminate all the bubbles and puckers. 

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