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Thread: Strip Tube Piecing

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    Saw a TUTE on Strip Tube piecing that looked interesting. I cut the 2.5" strips and the 4.5 " strip, and pieced all together into a tube, and then cut one of the strips. QUESTION - not sure I cut these correctly ( I did line the 45 degree mark up on alternating seam lines) - I am concerned that I am going to loose the point on these when I piece them together.

    Has anyone used this method before? If the 4 individual pieces line up exactly when you lay them out, will they still stitch out OK and keep those center points?

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    I'm doing the same thing! I made my first 4 blocks and don't seem to have a seam allowance on the outer points! :? Am I doing something wrong?

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    I just sewed my four blocks together and the outer seam allowances miraculously reappeared! :D I guess the seam itself creates the allowance for the outer seam. And you're right Loretta - I pinned every seam and had to ease it a bit here and there to get the points to match so it's not laying completely flat - reaches for a can of starch! :shock: I'll take more care with the next ones! :D

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    Eleanor Burns did this the other day on her tv show. I don't know if she has the shows on her quilt in a day web site.

    If Santa would bring be a DVD recorder I could record it for you off my dvr and send it your way. Would you please let Santa know I have been a good girl this year :)

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    I did a runner last night. I cut, pressed and then squared up the pieces. Then sewed together and it came out ok. It was a fun and easy to make but I was careful to match everything.

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    I haven't tried this yet but am planning to very shortly. But, I was wondering: She placed the 45 degree line on the actual sewing line. Help me think!!! Would it be better to place the line on the edge of the fabric...seems like that would keep from sewing over the points...or am I visually impaired?

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    Nope, if you didn't place it on the sewing line, you'd lose the seam allowances. :D

    BTW - in the video she says cut the large strip at 4 1/4" - it should be 4 1/2". You cut the two small strips at 2 1/2" each, total 5" - you lose 1/2" with the two seams, leaving 4 1/2". :D

    I just made 4 blocks and it worked out fine - I paid attention to my seam pressing to be sure they'd butt up when joining the blocks then pinned every seam. The points aren't bad - now I'm deciding what to do with them, table runner? Doll quilt? Both? :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbuchanan
    I haven't tried this yet but am planning to very shortly. But, I was wondering: She placed the 45 degree line on the actual sewing line. Help me think!!! Would it be better to place the line on the edge of the fabric...seems like that would keep from sewing over the points...or am I visually impaired?
    I am not sure how it would turn out...I think maybe you will lose your seam allowance...your points will be off.



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    The first set I did using my scraps I used her measurements which were wrong..so none of my points matched up--so I am using that block for something else--I already have an idea...but I didn't have any problems with my pink/black blocks.... matching up....although I am not done yet--so maybe some of them will.

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    but where do you lay the 45 degree line to cut the tube? on a seam/stitch line or on the raw edge? that makes a difference i'm sure. I want to make some but am not quite sure on how to cut. and what size square ruler did she use. it probably doesn't make a difference but i'd like to do the same.

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