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by , 05-25-2014 at 04:41 AM (355 Views)
Quote Originally Posted by susanwilley View Post
I am starting a block that has 1 1/2 wide strips that are 5 1/2 long. I am sewing the strips together in fives. So, that means if I sew them together correctly they should finish at 5' squares...right?? And, when I sew the squares together they should match up edge to edge? Well, I just can't figure out where I'm going wrong. My squares are turning out to be longer than wide and I can't sew them together edge to edge. I am trying to sew them together so that one square has the strips vertically against another strip that is horizontal and they do not match up edge to edge. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?
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  1. AnnEliz's Avatar
    I did a baby quilt like this one time. and I had problems, too. Be sure you sew each strip in the opposite direction. I think that will help a little. I did that and still had some trouble putting them together (each block going in opposite directions). Over the years, I have gotten pretty good at squeezing and stretching to make them match. I don't know how other people do it, because I am very careful in my cutting and in my sewing. I hope this helps a little.
  2. AnnEliz's Avatar
    In my church we say, it all works out in the quilting.
  3. seamssew's Avatar
    Hear is a easy way to figure that. I don't get five out of it. Draw 5 lines x1.5 = 7.5 --minus the .75 on the three middle seams=6.75 before it sewn to the next blocks bc your edges are unused. There's no way to get a square out of that if u r using 5 and a half long. You would have to use 4 strips and not 5 or use strips longer than 5and a half. When u cut the completed strip then iron one set up and the other down. They should lay into each other perfectly then.
  4. seamssew's Avatar
    Also AnnE is correct. When sewing strips so down. Take down end flip it to the top and sew next strip. Keep doing this throughout. . It will make your strips lay much better.
  5. seamssew's Avatar
    Also AnnE is correct. When sewing strips so down. Take down end flip it to the top and sew next strip. Keep doing this throughout. . It will make your strips lay much better.

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