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Thread: One more with OBW problem

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    I am sew frustrated trying to get what the instructions in the One Block Wonder Encore to work . I have cut my 33/4" strips and now want to make the cuts for the hexagons. The instuctions say to place the 60 degree triangle ruler close to the selvedge, with the ruler's 3 3/4" line at one cut edge and the point of the triangle at the other edge. It shows a pic of the ruler this way but it does not work for me. I put the point at one edge but then the ruler's line at the bottom sets at about 3 1/4". I am including pictures to show you how mine comes out with the ruler showing 3 1/4 " rather than the 3 3/4 " as the instructions show. I am not great at explaining the problem but hope someone understands and can give me a solution . Thanks, Mary
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    Are you using the yellow dot measurement? And if so, are you supposed to be using that measurement? Looks like the edge of the ruler is a different measurement. what is it?

    Edited to add: I'll bet the yellow dot measurement is an "after it is sewed" sizing. You're edge says 3 3/4 doesn't it?

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    As long as all your triangles are the same size it will be fine. The triangles do not have to be a certain size.

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    I could be mistaken, but I THINK you are at th 3 3/4 line from the top (not the bottom), so I think you are placing it in the right place. Also, it looks to me that you are using the 60 degree ruler with the top tip flattened, if you happen to have the one that is pointed at the top you might find it will work better. I've used both, and the pointed one will cut the fabric so that its easier to match up when sewing the triangles together. Just my two cents on that. :-)

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    It doesn't matter. As long as your "repeats" are correctly lined up AND your strips are straight, all you have to do is cut the triangles the EXACT same size, and the hexagons WILL be the same size when you go to sew them together. So yours will be a little smaller. No big deal.

    Also, your ruler is one of the newer ones with the tip chopped off....they might be referring to the older rulers that have the point.

    You have the better ruler, and your triangles will sew together much more easily and evenly.

    So no need to fret, and start cutting and sewing. :wink: :wink:

    I think that's a FABULOUS fabric for a OBW. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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    Wanted to also come back and add this link :)

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-92198-1.htm

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    The yellow dot is just a flat head pin. My meaqsurements of the width of the fabric is 33/4" but the measurement at the bottom when the ruler is placed as states is 31/4 " the picture may be off a little but my measurements are correct. It doesn't seem possible to cut the fabric at 33/4" and still supposed to have that measurement with the angle. If the instructions are not screwed up then something is. Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by jtapp9
    Are you using the yellow dot measurement? And if so, are you supposed to be using that measurement? Looks like the edge of the ruler is a different measurement. what is it?

    Edited to add: I'll bet the yellow dot measurement is an "after it is sewed" sizing. You're edge says 3 3/4 doesn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary M
    The yellow dot is just a flat head pin. My meaqsurements of the width of the fabric is 33/4" but the measurement at the bottom when the ruler is placed as states is 31/4 " the picture may be off a little but my measurements are correct. It doesn't seem possible to cut the fabric at 33/4" and still supposed to have that measurement with the angle. If the instructions are not screwed up then something is. Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by jtapp9
    Are you using the yellow dot measurement? And if so, are you supposed to be using that measurement? Looks like the edge of the ruler is a different measurement. what is it?

    Edited to add: I'll bet the yellow dot measurement is an "after it is sewed" sizing. You're edge says 3 3/4 doesn't it?
    I'm referring to the yellow dots down the middle of the ruler. Are you using those as your measurements? Look at the edge of your ruler. Don't those measurements say 3 3/4"?

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    It looks like there's some discrepancy between how the triangle is marked and a normal ruler, as your cutting board shows you've cut 3 3/4. Just for interest, have you laid your triangle straight onto your board and lined up, say, the 3" marks, and see where the triangle measurments actually start from?

    However, as others have already said, it won't make any difference to your quilt, just as long as you cut your triangles all the same size it will come together just fine. Don't worry about it and keep cutting and sewing :)

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    Check your rulers against each other - the one you've got in the pic and the one you used to cut - they may not be the same.
    I learned a valuable lesson about that some 20 years ago. I used the measurements on my mat to cut strips and the measurements on the ruler to cut those strips into squares. Needless to say, they didn't turn out square!
    If I use the mat to measure when I start cutting, that's what I use all the way through. If I start with the ruler, I keep with the ruler.
    It's amazing how much a few threads lost can turn into inches lost by the end of the project.
    Probably not what the problem is, so just ignore me after laughing.
    :)

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