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Thread: my experience with Folded Corner Unit

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    Senior Member mtkoldra's Avatar
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    my experience with Folded Corner Unit

    I have set myself for a big challenge. I decided to make a quilt base on the picture. Drew it on the graph paper, did my calculations, made first block and adjusted my measurements, it was needed only on one piece and then I began to chain piece. After doing one section I decided to remeasure, and good that I did.

    I was making Folded Corner Unit where instructions (from one of my quilting book) says to sew on the diagonal line of the square. Well, I am redoing every strip that I sew.

    Now I am sewing next to the diagonal line in order for the corners to meet.

    Did any of you had the same experience?

    I also realize that 1/4 inch marking on the sewing machine plate is not accurate, I had to remeasure and use stack of sticker for a guide.

    I am not complaining, I just set myself for some challenges.

    Thanks for reading

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    You've peaked my interest. I just ordered a book on Amazon to see how to do this. I love reading about other's projects.

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    This sounds interesting. I would buy the book, but I just bought three books yesterday. Dang!
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    Okay, I give! What is a Folded Corner unit? I did a google and one site showed it as how you make HSTs. Is this what it is????
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    This technique is also known mostly as "snowballing", or, occasionally, connector blocks.

    Unfortunately, what most authors don't tell you is that after sewing and then pressing the "snowball" to the corner, you should NOT cut off the back layer of fabric, the corner of the base square. Only the middle layer should be trimmed out.

    IF you will leave the back layer on, any discrepancy where the snowball is not exactly matching to the corner is fine as long as it's enough to catch within the seam allowance of joining to the next block.

    AND, leaving the corner of the base square on will make it easier to match the next block to it because the base block was square to begin with.

    If you are planning to handquilt the quilt, then you may want to rethink not trimming the extra fabric because 2 layers may be harder to quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    This technique is also known mostly as "snowballing", or, occasionally, connector blocks.

    Unfortunately, what most authors don't tell you is that after sewing and then pressing the "snowball" to the corner, you should NOT cut off the back layer of fabric, the corner of the base square. Only the middle layer should be trimmed out.

    IF you will leave the back layer on, any discrepancy where the snowball is not exactly matching to the corner is fine as long as it's enough to catch within the seam allowance of joining to the next block.

    AND, leaving the corner of the base square on will make it easier to match the next block to it because the base block was square to begin with.

    If you are planning to handquilt the quilt, then you may want to rethink not trimming the extra fabric because 2 layers may be harder to quilt.

    Jan in VA
    Thanks for enlightening me Jan! I certainly know a snowball block and it is one of my favorites!!! (Now why don't they just call it a snowball block instead of a folded corner unit??????)
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    thanks ladies for helpful hints and methods, I will use them in the future projects for sure, for now I did my trimmings....., but the sections look good and even and the right size.....

    being beginner quilter, I put the name "folded-corner unit" only because that is how it is called in one of the books that I use to help me to make the unit for the quilt that I am making, no name for now.
    I am sure that it might have other names depending on the pattern that block is made for.......

    I will post images of what I am doing as a new thread, since I do not know how to attach them here
    Last edited by mtkoldra; 10-03-2012 at 05:24 PM. Reason: attachements did not post

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    my experience with Folded Corner Unit

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    Very pretty !
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    Neat block! Nice points.
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