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Thread: troubles with tube quilting

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    Senior Member Susy's Avatar
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    My camera isn't working so I can't show you but I am having a hard time keeping points on my tube blocks, some work, some don't!?? Is this just sloppy cutting, or what am I doing wrong? I have made a Xmas table runner & a couple of place mats but I would like to figure this out before I start on a quilt. Any hints, ideas, etc of what I could be doing wrong?

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    Are you pressing your seams in opposite directions so when you put 2 pieces together the seams automatically "nestle" together? I try to press all of the same pieces in one direction and the opposites in the other before I start to put them together and this really seems to help my points.
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    I did that but everything seemed really bulky so I even tried pressing all seams open on the last one. At the rate I am going I am going to have a LOT of orphan blocks!

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    When you cut them out, put your ruler on the seam line, not at the bottom edge of the fabric :wink: Someone else posted this correction a while ago to keep your points intact.

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    Yes, I saw that & that's the one thing I thought I was doing really well.

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    When you are placing your blocks together to sew, look at where the seam line is "going to be" Can you see on one of the sides a little triangle of seam lines? That is the side you want facing up. Your new seam line needs to intersect that triangle. If you are a tad past that triangle, you will lose your point.

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    Measure all of your blocks, measure your seams, are they all the same?

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    if they seem too lumpy to you, try pressing with the seams open instead of to one side. a now-acceptable method.

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    I did press the seams open and it is less bulky & Amma, I measured my blocks before putting them together and it seems that some are different, up to 1/16 or 1/8 on some. So, just gotta get my cutting better, you think??? (I'm not really good at that part, some co-ordination problems due to a health condition, or at least that's my excuse)!

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    We all have trouble with our cutting and sewing :wink: It just takes some practice and if you sew them so ALL of the points are cut off...who is going to know the difference? They will all look the same :D :D :D

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