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Thread: Pinwheels

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    Pinwheels are giving me problems. I am having a difficult time getting that perfect center. I've made many many pinwheels, but it feels like the very first time. I've pinned, I've basted, I'm taking a break....

    any advice......

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    Just what you said and are doing take a break . Put it aside for a bit and then go back to it later when you are not so frustrated with it

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    Walk away, slowly (like you did), take a deep breath, get a drink of coffee, water -whatever you like, spend time on the board, enjoy some fresh air. Then go back and start again. It works like a charm most of the time. When you do go back, sew slowly. I find when I think I've done this (whatever) so often before I can go faster...NOT. I have to remind myself that perfection takes patience, time and practice. And no quilt is perfect, so relax, enjoy.

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    If you are having difficulty go back and check the accuracy and consistency of your seam allowances. What direction are the seams pressed. I have found that when I have difficulty putting something together the problem started way before I got to that point in the process.

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    Glue the middle together exactly where you want it before you sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    If you are having difficulty go back and check the accuracy and consistency of your seam allowances. What direction are the seams pressed. I have found that when I have difficulty putting something together the problem started way before I got to that point in the process.
    ..... will do!

    Thanks all, the coffee is good! The company here is great!

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    what glue do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Glue the middle together exactly where you want it before you sew.

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    Do you trim your HST's to the same size before sewing them?

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    I use Elmer's Washable School Glue and iron it. I used it on a pieced hexagon quilt with lots of points and they came out fine.
    Search for glue basting on this board and you'll find all sorts of tips.

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    The thing that works best for me is to press all of my seams OPEN when I make pinwheel blocks. I find that even when they are "nested" and pinned the machine will often "push" the blocks out of whack. So, I press all the seams open and the machine does much better without the bulk. Then the points match as well as I can pin them!

    I will have to try the glue trick as I have just started a scrappy pinwheel quilt that I hope will be Queen size! Thanks for the tip. :)

    Good luck with your blocks!

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