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Thread: Boston Commons - piecing problem

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    Boston Commons - piecing problem

    I am having problems piecing Boston Commons quilt. (see pictures)
    It's mostly cut out - now the problems start. I want to finish it instead of giving up. I have more
    fabrics if needed.
    Any suggestions for me - Thank you.
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    What am I doing wrong?

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    I don't see what the problem is. It's a lot of cutting( already done) and piecing, are you having problems with that or just getting anxious to finish??

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    The problem is the piecing isn't accurate. see 4 pieces sewn together on the mat. I laid them on the mat to
    see if they came out right when sewn together. The triangle sewn to the right side of the
    square doesn't line up
    I don't know if my problem is in the piecing, cutting, sewing or pressing. I'm afraid if I keep going I will reallly have
    problems keeping pieces lined up. The yellow squares are to be cut into half squares & quarter squares
    from corner to corner of which I have cut just a few to see how they would turn out.
    And, because I have spent so much time cutting, I want to finish it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by needles3thread View Post
    The problem is the piecing isn't accurate. see 4 pieces sewn together on the mat. I laid them on the mat to see if they came out right when sewn together. The triangle sewn to the right side of the
    square doesn't line up
    Hi. This will be beautiful when you finish it!

    The only thing that I can see (can't see the directions from here) is that all of your segments should be "odd" numbers. Like the first picture shows a print with 3 light triangles around it. This should be attached to a 3 print section with 2 light ends...attached to a 5 print section with 2 light ends...attached to a 7 print section with 2 light ends... 7 print, 7 print...on down the row.

    So no "even" numbered print sections that I can see.

    I can certainly be wrong but if I could see more of the direction part, I may have a better idea.

    Good luck.
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    I see that your triangles are off square (if that can be said about something triangular). This is likely due to stretching the bias when sewing it together. I'd lay a ruler on the triangles, and trim to fix the shape. You may find that if you center the triangle you want to have over your block that you trim a smidge off each angled edge and it actually is the size you want. When trimming them, assume the square in the middle is correctly aligned, and trim edges off the 3 triangles as necessary to align them to the right shape. For example, the middle one on the right - if you twist it so the square is straight to the mat, you will probably have just a bit to trim from each wing triangle to straighten it out.

    If you look at the red one (lowest) - you can see that the dogears are slightly asymmetrical. It looks like you were just a smidge off in alignment when you sewed - the upper portion of the right-hand triangle has a wider seam, thus causing the triangle to skew a bit in the finished piece. And by "slightly wider" I mean maybe a thread or two.

    To prevent this - I'm not sure. Starch is what I always hear - I've never used it myself. I usually cut blocks like this slightly oversize and plan to trim them down.

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    Maybe i am way off the mark here -- but if i were making the quilt in the photo - just from looking at the finished product picture -- i'd make my fabric rows with a yellow square at each end - then once i had sewn all the off-set rows together, i'd lay them out and trim them up so that i'd wind up with the yellow triangle on the edges...you'll end up with a pile of triangle scraps - but you won't have to cut and piece triangles to start with. Good Luck !!!
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    Thank you for all the advice. I will try it.

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    I think PenniF is smart. That's how I would do it too. I like to make mine larger then trim to right size.

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