Discussion and Questions regarding Step 2

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Roxana replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 11:50 AM

Judy T-Bellingham:

Not only do you have to be sure your strips are exactly 1" (that's where I have trouble), and take an exact 1/4" seam; but you have to be sure those little 1" strips are lined up exactly before sewing.

A tip I learned following another quilt I made was that if you press the two strips together before sewing them (right sides together like you are going to sew them), they'll stay together for the sewing process. It's helped me a lot with other patterns so it sounds like it might help here too. I agree with Nana that you have to be certain your scant inch is a scant.

To keep from re-cutting too many, you could test your scant seam with three 1" strips of scrap and then measure them. They wouldn't have to be 8-1/2" long.
Just a thought. Hope this helps someone!

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Nana replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 1:32 PM

Roxanne

That is a very good tip to use 3 scrap strips to make sure your seam allowance is right.

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Star replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 4:31 PM

Hi Everyone,

Thanks Nana for all the fun.

Cutting - no problem.

Sewing merrily along before I remembered to check and see if my idea of scant 1/4" is accurate.

Reverse sew a bit.

Start again, scant 1/4" good now. Oops! get the light, dark, light backwards.

More reverse sewing - I hate wasting fabric.

I should be done with the sewing portion of this step one of these days, depends on how much more reverse sewing :-D

I need to pay a bit more attention to what I am doing.

Hope this step is going well and as much fun for everyone.

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Roxana:
test your scant seam with three 1" strips of scrap and then measure them

I was looking at www.mccallsquilting.com and saw this tutorial on sewing 1/4" seams. The teacher in the video also recommends doing test blocks with scraps. Sounds like that will save us a lot of unsewing!

Here is the link to the tutorial. Hope it is helpful.

http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/An_Accurate____Seam_Allowance?bc=c

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ls2116 replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 6:49 PM

I got step 1 done last night.  just printed step 2 .  I'll probably sew later as I've been painting again and running errands with DH.

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beve99 replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 7:05 PM

Wow!  1 inch segments!  That's gotta be precise!  I'm going to wait until Sunday to tackle this one. 

 

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UH OH!!!!   Methinks this newbie is in trouble!!!!  2"x1" squares!!!   Well, I'm in....but this is going to be interesting.  I'll need a lot of help....and patience!!!!    And I can't start until Monday!!!!   :(.  

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rachal replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 7:20 PM

Not as much trouble as me. Machine died... :-(

 

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Lisa C replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 7:39 PM

Judy,

Great tutorial, I usually use 3 - 1 1/2" strips and measure the center at 1",  this seams easier, sewing 2 together rather than 3.  Thanks for the tip... 

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Debbie-do replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 8:58 PM

I had some trouble with distortion... some of my strips curved a little when they were pressed.  i starched them to keep them as straight and flat as possible before cutting and used my June Taylor Shape Cut ruler, slicing 2 strips at a time and it went pretty fast.

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MNnancy replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 9:47 PM

Thanks for the tip to use our shape cut rulers, Debbie.  Your piles look great.  Love your little polka dots!


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Nana replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 10:08 PM

Debbie

I love the polka dots.   My strips wanted to distort just a little as well.   I was able to take care of the distortion by being more careful with my pressing and using starch.

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Donna replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 10:14 PM

I have spent 1 hour sewing 10 strips, so an average of 6 minutes per strip.  The first strip I had to resew 6 times, but now I seem to have the hang of it,  just have to go very very slow.

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Roxana replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 10:25 PM

Can I assume we press toward the darker side? Is that with all the strips?

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ls2116 replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 11:20 PM

I just sewed practise scrap 1" strips using Janome 6600P with little foot and I'm barely at 2".  Definitely a step not to do when tired also I think I'll slow machine speed for this step.

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