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Farmers Wife Sampler, on point
by, 11-24-2010 at 06:44 AM (538 Views)
I never even thought about doing them straight. I finished a stack and whack on point several months ago and the only thing I didn't like about it is there's alot of stretching . If it's done straight-you miss out on the effect of the side diamonds. A hint ladies--when you cut for the diamonds-starch till the fabric is like a board before you cut AND add a half inch to the square before you cut in half. You won't lose your points after the triangles have been added to the sides. I taught a class on that and my students were so happy that the points were still there after squaring up the quilt.
The key is the pinning. For blocks that are too small, pin the two corners first, stretching the block to match the length of the sashing, then pin the middle and then again at the 1/4 and 3/4 marks. For blocks that are too large, do the same thing but with the stretching done on the sashing instead of the block. When you sew them together, put the longer piece on the bottom (as in underneath).