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« on: March 27, 2008 12:28:29 PM »

I have loads of 4" squares that my lovely hubby brought me for Christmas but I am too scared to use them!!!  Shocked

I made a sat-nav case with 3 of them and my squares were not neatly lined up. Any tips for improving my technique or will is just be practice?

I have 200 4" squares (at the moment) of lots of colours and patterns, what would you suggest my block would be? Originally I was going to sew strips then sew them together but as my matching up was not up to it so I may do 4 x 4 blocks instead.

Help please!!!


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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2008 12:45:16 PM »

Use iron-on interfacing (thin, please) and just lay them out and iron them on.  Next stitch the edges (like usual) and clip between squares.  Lastly, sew the seams the other way.  You can be done lickety-split!  (This is a popular method with watercolor quilting.)

I, personally, do it is small blocks of 9 or 16.  (This is why Nine-patch is so popular.)  If I am feeling particularly off for the day, I baste the pieces together.  Pinning hasn't been working for me lately. 

Another thing that would help you is to go see a museum exhibit of quilts.  NOT a quilt show of perfection only or a competition.  A display of genuine quilts--especially ones meant to be use that probably HAVE actually been slept under.  Most quilters don't worry about perfect matches.  The eye will naturally line things up that aren't screamingly off.  All those "imperfections" are unique, just like yourself and represent the real you--not just the ideal that we all fantasize about being.

Most important--have fun.  If you are really worried--make a baby-sized quilt out of cheap or ugly fabric that you have laying around.  Experiment all you want to figure out your technique.  Then, if it is presentable, put it in a gift bag and keep it on hand for your next gifting need.  If it is seriously hideous, put it in a gift bag and keep it on hand for your next gifting need for someone you are obligated to give a gift to but you don't like.
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2008 12:48:53 PM »

Quilting takes a lot of practice and patience, but I think it is worth it.  When sewing squares together, make sure they are lined up together before you start stitching, and do your best to sew an accurate seam allowance. 

1/4" is standard seam allowance for quilting in the U.S. - but the most important thing is consistency, that means making all your seam allowances match each other.  A 1/4" presser foot for you machine can make all the difference in the world. 

If your squares are still out of alignment, you can trim off some of the excess fabric to make them "line up."

Good luck (and, yes, it does get much easier with practice).

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2008 04:19:36 AM »

Good advice so far.  Also, if you are really having a hard time lining up seams, pin them together!  I tend to skip the pinning a lot since it saves time, so it's up to you which is most important: super accurate piecing or less time spent agonizing  Wink.

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