Newbie's Tips for Step 2.

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Sandy H. Posted: Thu, Apr 26 2012 8:10 PM

These are just a couple of tips to help our Newbie's with this step.

 

Start by drawing a line from corner to corner on the back of your 2.5” square.

 

Lay this square right sides together on the corner of your 4.5” background square and center the line you drew in the middle of your presser foot. Then adjust your needle position one to two positions to the right of center. This will allow for the thickness of the thread and folding the fabric so that your small square will extend to the edge of your background square.

Check to be sure that your small square extends out to the edge of the background square after it is pressed, then trim your seam to ¼”.

  

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Mary789 replied on Fri, Apr 27 2012 9:08 AM

Sandy, thanks for including these good tips in your instructions.

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Hcim55 replied on Fri, Apr 27 2012 9:42 AM

Thx so much for this tip.....had used this technique once before without much success......now i get why!

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jadunn replied on Fri, Apr 27 2012 2:18 PM

Thanks you for the tip. It works like a charm! All 96 blocks are done. I can hardly wait for next Friday!

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ls2116 replied on Fri, Apr 27 2012 3:08 PM

ok i think i've got it what was looking like a right side to me was actually the wrong side so you draw your line on the wrong side.

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ls2116 replied on Fri, Apr 27 2012 3:10 PM

i just have to read instructions better  duh

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I did corner triangles like this on a bigger block on another quilt, but before I trimmed I sewed another seam 1/2" closer to the edge in the disposable bit, cut in the middle of the 2 seams,  and had lots of little HST's for pinwheel blocks. I think they might be too small to do in this, but thought I'd post for future reference as it ties in with other posts about scrap control too. I'll try it later today when I get sewing and keep you all posted.

 

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Freddy15 replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 7:12 AM

This tip is helpful.    I used to sew right on the line!  Now I know - needle to the right slightly!     this little difference makes a big difference in the end - thanks!

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Sandy--these tips are really helpful.  Especially moving the needle over one stitch.  It made putting these blocks together so much easier.  Thanks for sharing this with us!  

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ls2116 replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 9:56 AM

my blunder by not reading correctly isewed down the diagonal will i have to cut later to reduce the 4 square patch?

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ls2116 replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 10:21 AM

i sewed right on the line ?

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Sandy H. replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 5:36 PM

ls2116:

my blunder by not reading correctly isewed down the diagonal will i have to cut later to reduce the 4 square patch?

No, you should be ok.  You may have to fudge your 1/4" seam in a future step, but it should not  cause a big problem.

 

  

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ls2116 replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 5:43 PM

Thanks for replying and for posting tip.

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the post says one 2.5 square to one 4.5 square so do we actually cut the 2.5 square on the line we drew?  So we can use the other quarter on another corner or do we use 2-2.5 squares per 1-4.5 square?

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Jacy replied on Sun, Apr 29 2012 12:12 AM

Connie, you use 2 squares for each 4 1/2" square. You sew on the line you drew 

 

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