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« on: May 27, 2012 06:43:09 AM »

So I'm just doing a basic checkerboard patch row, and it came out with a weird "C" curve in the bottom:



I wasn't super careful cutting on the blocks, but I thought it was looking ok until I got the whole thing together.  It curves by about 2 inches by the time you get to the bottom..  any easy fixes for this?  I can save the top and recut squares, but I'm lazy and hoping for something easier Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012 08:01:44 AM »

Did you sew all of your rows in the same direction?  I find that you get less curve if you alternate the direction you sew...kind of like a zig zag pattern...if you sew them all the same, like all from left to right, you will get curves...

You might want to take it apart in the middle, flip it, and sew the row back...see if the curve is still bad before taking it apart more...
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012 08:52:24 AM »

I did sew them all in the same direction!  That's so crazy, ok I can try that thanks!  I think the middle row is off too, so I may take that row out, resew a few other rows and try to piece it back together..
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2012 12:05:21 PM »

I know it sounds a bit crazy! Cheesy

With long rows, like if you make a belt, you should sew one direction down one side and the opposite on the other...seems that no matter what, the fabric stretches just enough to make your piece lopsided! 

Good luck!  It looks like it will be a very nice quilt piece!
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2012 11:48:19 PM »

Bummer! I think when I have curvy problems it's because I stretch my fabric when I iron it. I mean "press" it...but I'm bad and move the iron, I know you're not supposed to!
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2012 05:08:22 AM »

Bummer! I think when I have curvy problems it's because I stretch my fabric when I iron it. I mean "press" it...but I'm bad and move the iron, I know you're not supposed to!

Omg, I don't now how to quilt, I moved the iron everywhere when I was "pressing it"..  shoot!
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2012 12:30:10 PM »

lol I know I do it wrong but I'm not changing at this point, I just do my best not to stretch the fabric out of shape too badly!
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2012 07:25:15 PM »

Good point, Maremare...rubbing the iron around does stretch out your fabrics...it is hard to learn to just touch it down, pick it up, etc.

Even after years of quilting, I still want to move the iron all around! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2012 07:43:21 AM »

I think a combination of alternating stitch direction and creative pressing will fix this problem. But also when you add that backing and batting this problem should quilt out. Sounds wierd, but quilting really does fix minor problems. Hope it works out for you
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