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Thread: I always come up short...why?

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    I just finished a doll quilt top for the Jan DQ swap. I used the twist pattern. To make sure everything turned out okay. I measured after every seam. Then I measured again. AND a third time, just to be sure. (I am really good friends with my seam ripper) Then I squared the blocks. Measuring and squaring have helped me so much in matching seams and getting the results I want.

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    I have made several rail fence quilts. I use Marti Mitchell's book and have had no problems. I don't remember which book it is. You have gotten some good answers here. I have a problem sometimes sewing exact size seams together. I perfer the strip method, when possible.
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    I always cut strips WOF, then after sewing 3 together, cut them apart. I've found that my results are much more accurate this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luciab View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    The long edge of the horizontal will stretch, the ends of the strips do not stretch hardly at all. Be very careful when pressing the strips and try not to press the edges, just the seams. Even holding the strips when sewing can stretch them. The last strip block I made I cut the strips lengthwise and had much better results.
    Thanks, that makes sense to me now. I'll give it a try again.
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    You have to measure the width of your joined fabrics to be able to sub cut to the same size

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    Always, always check your seam size to be sure it is an exact 1/4 inch.

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    I used to have that problem doing cival war blocks (61/2 in) and my teacher checked my seam allowances and they were good. She suggested using Aurifil thread because it's a strong cotton thread with only two ply. What a difference one less ply makes when you have lots of seems in a block.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joym View Post
    Thanks for ur response. It is not the seam allowances.........there are only three pieces sewn together...each block is cut and sewn the same.....one goes horizontal and the other vertical....but when I turn the vertical one around to sew it to the horizontal one, it is always short....
    sounds like a rail fence patterrn. I have the same problem. Have not figured out why either. What I do is whenI put the two together I kind of center them. Then they go into the bigger square. (4 small sections), I just square them up. Mine usualy are 6 inches from the center. Looks fine when all together as each is squared up the same. smile.

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