Not all 2-1/2" strips are exactly 2-1/2". Ballipops are hand cut inBali so there is some variations there.
Here's something I found that assures us 2-1/2" strips when sewn.
When sewing two strips together, rather than measuring 1/4" to the right of the needle position, I measure 2-1/4" to the left of the needle. A piece of blue painter's tape is placed along the left edge of the 2-1/4".
The fabric strips are positioned right
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The quilts that we use quite often have gotten the dingy faded look to them and discovered if you wash your quilts in baking soda or super washing soda the color brightens them up a lot. Soda will desolve laundry soap, fabric softner and hard water minerals that build up. My quilts look like new quilts now.