NEWBIE IN NEED OF HELP!

NEWBIE IN NEED OF HELP!

Post by Mare » Tue, 05 Feb 2002 04:11:05



I am new on this site, and have just started quiliting again.  I found tried
a bunch of different blocks just to get into the swing of things. Pretty
basic ones at that.  But after all is said and done, they don't turn out to
the proper size and are not square.  Any ideas as to what I am doing wrong.
Open to comments.  (FYI, I have signed up for a quilting class but would
like to get a head start on learning) Thank you for your time, Mare.
 
 
 

NEWBIE IN NEED OF HELP!

Post by Donna in Idah » Tue, 05 Feb 2002 05:06:41


First - be sure that you cut out your pieces accurately
Second - be sure that you use consistent seam allowances
Third - even doing the above two, sometimes your blocks won't be
completely accurate - so, you can block them using your iron & steam, or
trim them to size.

--
Donna in Idaho!
SW Idaho Project Linus Coordinator
Website:  http://members.tripod.com/donnakwilts


Quote:
> I am new on this site, and have just started quiliting again.  I found
tried
> a bunch of different blocks just to get into the swing of things.
Pretty
> basic ones at that.  But after all is said and done, they don't turn
out to
> the proper size and are not square.  Any ideas as to what I am doing
wrong.
> Open to comments.  (FYI, I have signed up for a quilting class but
would
> like to get a head start on learning) Thank you for your time, Mare.

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NEWBIE IN NEED OF HELP!

Post by Cheri & Walt Carrol » Tue, 05 Feb 2002 05:14:00


Hi and welcome to the group.

How are you cutting your pieces?  Are you using a template or rotary
cutting?  If you are rotary cutting, you will need to use an accurate ruler
and not the mat for your cutting lines.

When you are stitching, you will need to sew with an accurate 1/4" seam.
Place your needle in the down position and measure 1/4" away.  Mark this
line with electrical or masking tape as a seam guide.  Sometimes using a
1/4" foot is not enough and some people need an extra guide line.

Are you piecing triangles to squares?  Some of the pointy edge needs to hang
over the square a little bit.

Are you using steam to press your seam open?  This could cause the fabric to
stretch out of shape.  Don't iron (back and forth), but press (up and down)
the fabric.

Keep trying and don't give up.  It gets easier.

Cheri

Quote:
> I am new on this site, and have just started quiliting again.  I found
tried
> a bunch of different blocks just to get into the swing of things. Pretty
> basic ones at that.  But after all is said and done, they don't turn out
to
> the proper size and are not square.  Any ideas as to what I am doing
wrong.
> Open to comments.  (FYI, I have signed up for a quilting class but would
> like to get a head start on learning) Thank you for your time, Mare.

 
 
 

NEWBIE IN NEED OF HELP!

Post by Kend » Tue, 05 Feb 2002 21:19:27


Welcome!
Kenda
Quote:


> > I am new on this site, and have just started quiliting again.  I found
> tried
> > a bunch of different blocks just to get into the swing of things. Pretty
> > basic ones at that.  But after all is said and done, they don't turn out
> to
> > the proper size and are not square.  Any ideas as to what I am doing
> wrong.
> > Open to comments.  (FYI, I have signed up for a quilting class but would
> > like to get a head start on learning) Thank you for your time, Mare.

 
 
 

NEWBIE IN NEED OF HELP!

Post by Patt » Wed, 06 Feb 2002 06:44:16


Hello Mare
Do your blocks include both triangles and squares?
If they do, then it is possible that some of the misalignment is caused
by a slight stretching of the bias side(s) of the triangle(s).  All the
other suggestions, of course, also still apply!
However, once you have got accustomed to the demands of the cutting and
the putting together, once it becomes automatic, then you will forget
that these blips seemed so problematical.
We have all had to do "frog stitching" (rippit, rippit) <g>
Don't worry!  you'll get there before too long.  Try doing a few little
practice blocks that don't matter - that won't have to go into a quilt.
This will help. Save time in the long run.
Above all, don't get so concerned about un-square squares that you
forget to have fun!
Good luck.
.


Quote:
>I am new on this site, and have just started quiliting again.  I found tried
>a bunch of different blocks just to get into the swing of things. Pretty
>basic ones at that.  But after all is said and done, they don't turn out to
>the proper size and are not square.  Any ideas as to what I am doing wrong.
>Open to comments.  (FYI, I have signed up for a quilting class but would
>like to get a head start on learning) Thank you for your time, Mare.

--
Best Regards
pat on the hill
 
 
 

NEWBIE IN NEED OF HELP!

Post by Dragonfl » Wed, 06 Feb 2002 09:50:30


Squaring up at the conclusion of each step (making sure the block components
are all the sizes they are supposed to be) helps the final block be square
and the right size.  Also check your seam allowance -- cut three squares 2
1/2" square.  Sew them together in one row.  The resulting piece of fabric
should be exactly 6 1/2" long, and the middle piece should be exactly 2"
wide.  If not....adjust how you line up your fabric so that the seam
allowance is exactly right.
--
Dragonfly
dragonfly_quilts at hotmail.com



Quote:
> First - be sure that you cut out your pieces accurately
> Second - be sure that you use consistent seam allowances
> Third - even doing the above two, sometimes your blocks won't be
> completely accurate - so, you can block them using your iron & steam, or
> trim them to size.

> --
> Donna in Idaho!
> SW Idaho Project Linus Coordinator
> Website:  http://members.tripod.com/donnakwilts



> > I am new on this site, and have just started quiliting again.  I found
> tried
> > a bunch of different blocks just to get into the swing of things.
> Pretty
> > basic ones at that.  But after all is said and done, they don't turn
> out to
> > the proper size and are not square.  Any ideas as to what I am doing
> wrong.
> > Open to comments.  (FYI, I have signed up for a quilting class but
> would
> > like to get a head start on learning) Thank you for your time, Mare.

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