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Thread: cathedral quilt

  1. #1

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    :D Hi,

    I have just started to quilt. My first project is a cathedral quilt. I have some questions about my squares.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank
    quilter58

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    Hi Luvtoquilt, it's nice to meet you :D . What are your questions? I don't know too much about cathedral window but if you ask your questions I'm sure someone will be along to help :P

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    The main problem is when I cut my squares to 8/12 in., then sew my squares, then match seams this is where the problelm begins. After matching seams after turning right side out; the square seems to have a slight twist in it . Then if I fold corners to the center my 4 tips will not always be quite right.

    I have even cut out 1 square at a time to make sure that my measurements are correct.

    What could I possibly be doing wrong?


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    Luv,
    Are you sure you are stitching with a scant 1/4" seam? Are you using a point turner to make sure they are sharp when you turn your fabric? Are you using muslin or a heavier weight fabric?
    Shelly

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    I was told to use 1/2 in. seams. I'm not familiar with 1/4 scant :?: Also I am using muslin.

    Also, when I match my seams, should I be sewing 1/2 seams also? Could that be the problem?

    I really want to make this quilt

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    I am using a point turner to make sure my points are sharp. I forgot to mention that.

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    A scant 1/4 inch is a thread shy of a true 1/4 inch seam. You should use the 1/4 for an 8 1/2 inch block. Another thing is in cutting the fabric are you cutting on the grain (up and down or side to side with the woven threads) or on the bias (across the woven threads). If you are not cutting on the stright of grain you may be stretching the fabric as you are stitching. The key to a perfect C. Window is in the cutting with EXACT measurements.

    Try a practice block with the 1/4 inch seam. The bulk from the 1/2 inch seam may be the problem that is making your blocks a little off.

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    Oh, and I use the scant 1/4" seam for ALL my quilting. Using a standard for each and every project makes everything easier to fit together...no guessing, no bulk.

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    I purchased my muslin and I had help with cutting my squares. The muslin was folded twice the folded again to be able to get 4 squares cut at one time.

    The mistake is that I didn't notice how it was cut. I have looked at a few of the squares and the material seems to look the same. I guess this sounds dumb but, is it real noticable?

    I'll try using a 1/4 in. seam and will get back to you. Will you be online tomorrow?


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