Hello, I've been lurking for awhile and am attempting my first quilt. Its
a crib size basket weave. I've been using the strip piecing method and
have all the strips sewn together. On checking the widths of the strips I
find that they are 7 3/8 inches wide instead of 6 3/4 inches. Further
investigation reveals that I was using a 1/8 inch seam allowance instead
of 1/4 inch (well...the book I was using did remark how small a 1/4 inch
seam allowance would look). I can see now that I should have checked this
a loooong time ago. Since its too late for that, I'm wondering what people
here would recommend.
I really don't want to do all that ripping and can think of two options. I
could continue with the 1/8 inch seam allowance and hope that the quilt
will hold up. I don't anticipate that it will get heavy use, I think of it
as a first project and expect it will be far from perfect (and I seem to
be already well on my way with that expectation!). I am using 100% cotton
fabrics bought at a quilt store, so I hope they are good quality. How
likely is it to fall apart after a washing or two?
However, I would prefer the smaller block size that would result from the
wider seam allowance, so I'm leaning toward option two - resew the seams
at 1/4 inch. That shouldn't be too bad, but can I leave the original
stitching in place or will it make the seams too bulky or cause other
problems with the quilt?
Thanks for any advice you can offer.
(in Ames, IA)