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    I am taking a class for the around world quilt. Homework this week was to sew all 4in strips together, make a tube, then cut into 2.5in. strips. When I make the tube, my fabric doesn't lay flat. Obviously, I did something wrong. I am afraid to sew strip #1 to the last strip and cut. What should I do?

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    I just yesterday bought and downloaded the pattern and the directions make no sense to me. I emailed the website and they were great about responding and trying to help. This "tube" idea makes no sense. I hate to cut the fabric and chance ruining it. Good luck with yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anniep
    I am taking a class for the around world quilt. Homework this week was to sew all 4in strips together, make a tube, then cut into 2.5in. strips. When I make the tube, my fabric doesn't lay flat. Obviously, I did something wrong. I am afraid to sew strip #1 to the last strip and cut. What should I do?
    Is it "flat" before you sew it into a tube? I would not believe that it would be flat once it is sewn into the tube shape. I myself would go for it - but, if you are unsure - contact you instructor.

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    what is the source of the quilt so i can check it out.
    Exactly what are the instructions.

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    Thanks for your reply. I'll try the email. Good luck with your quilt.

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    yes it is flat before the tube. I guess my strips are not straight...I made one tube in class last Thursday, and it was perfect. The next 10 tubes I made yesterday - not so perfect!

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    My guess would be that your strips are not straight. I would measure in several spots along the strips and you will probably find where it is off. I doesn't have to be off by very much to cause a problem. By that I mean you probably can't see the problem. Hope you can fix it, I know how frustrating that can be.
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    Did you reverse the sewing direction of every other strip? If you sew every strip in the same direction, the strips will be distorted by the feed dogs. It's minor, but it adds up.

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    Eleanor Burns Quick Trip Quilts. You sew 4 in. strips together (12 of them). Then you sew strip #1 to strip #12 making the tube. It doesn't hang straight or lay flat. That's what I'm worried about. I'm afraid to cut the tube into the 2.5 in strips because I'm afraid I've got the strips crooked.

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    Oh no! I sewed them all in the same direction! That's probably what's wrong. Thank you for your answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anniep
    Eleanor Burns Quick Trip Quilts. You sew 4 in. strips together (12 of them). Then you sew strip #1 to strip #12 making the tube. It doesn't hang straight or lay flat. That's what I'm worried about. I'm afraid to cut the tube into the 2.5 in strips because I'm afraid I've got the strips crooked. . .

    Oh no! I sewed them all in the same direction! That's probably what's wrong.
    I've made that quilt and sewed them all in the same direction with no problem. In fact, that's how Eleanor does it. Could it be your pressing?

    It's a fun and quick quilt to make. In fact, right now I have one top finished and another in progress. Enjoy your class.

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    Quick and fun is not what I'm feeling right now. I worked on this all day yesterday. Would you just cut it, or would you rip it all out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anniep
    Quick and fun is not what I'm feeling right now. I worked on this all day yesterday. Would you just cut it, or would you rip it all out?
    Describe what you mean when you say it doesn't lay flat? Lay out one of your strip sets before sewing into a tube and check to see if it's square. When you fold it in half at the center seam, do the sections go in opposite directions? I'd try pressing first. If that doesn't work I'd take one apart and see if I could fix it then go from there. If it doesn't lay flat you won't be able to cut the strips straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anniep
    Eleanor Burns Quick Trip Quilts. You sew 4 in. strips together (12 of them). Then you sew strip #1 to strip #12 making the tube. It doesn't hang straight or lay flat. That's what I'm worried about. I'm afraid to cut the tube into the 2.5 in strips because I'm afraid I've got the strips crooked.
    I would take out the final seam (if you have made the tubes) and go back and measure between the actual seams on the individual strips. If you started with 4" strips, then using 1/4" seams the strips should measure 3.5" between the seams. It should be pretty close if not dead spot on for the seams.

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    . . . Lay out one of your strip sets before sewing into a tube and check to see if it's square. . . . I'd try pressing first. . . .If it doesn't lay flat you won't be able to cut the strips straight.
    quiltsRfun has some excellent suggestions/comments

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    Iron it well (all rows should go the same direction and then on the second tube the seams are ironed in the opposite direction;
    This will help the butt up against each other when putting together.

    Fold it at the center row and press that seam flat. We had 14 rows to ours.

    Before you sew #1 strip to the last strip sewen make sure they are even; you may have to square the strip long ways first.

    Then you lay it sideways and again make sure the ends of the tubes are squared before you cut your strips; about every 3rd or 4th cut check again to make sure it's squared so that it'll be easier to put together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Quote Originally Posted by anniep
    Eleanor Burns Quick Trip Quilts. You sew 4 in. strips together (12 of them). Then you sew strip #1 to strip #12 making the tube. It doesn't hang straight or lay flat. That's what I'm worried about. I'm afraid to cut the tube into the 2.5 in strips because I'm afraid I've got the strips crooked. . .

    Oh no! I sewed them all in the same direction! That's probably what's wrong.
    I've made that quilt and sewed them all in the same direction with no problem. In fact, that's how Eleanor does it. Could it be your pressing?

    It's a fun and quick quilt to make. In fact, right now I have one top finished and another in progress. Enjoy your class.
    Each tube will have all of it's rows seams pressed in the same direction; if you have 12 tubes then you'll have 6 tubes w/all seams pressed up and 6 with them all pressed down. This way after you cut them and start putting it together the seams will butt up against each other alot easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg
    Iron it well (all rows should go the same direction and then on the second tube the seams are ironed in the opposite direction;
    This will help the butt up against each other when putting together.
    With Eleanor's method there are no seams to match so everything is pressed in the same direction. This might not make sense if you don't have the pattern but it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg
    Iron it well (all rows should go the same direction and then on the second tube the seams are ironed in the opposite direction;
    This will help the butt up against each other when putting together.
    With Eleanor's method there are no seams to match so everything is pressed in the same direction. This might not make sense if you don't have the pattern but it works.
    The pattern that I have is from Norma Cambell and I had a two day class with her. It took no time at all to put together. It looks so intimidating with all of those blocks but I really enjoyed how fast it went together. I have another one put in tubes ready to go. Im trying to get in a few older projects inbetween doing the newer things so that I feel like I'm getting somewhere. Next weekend I'm marking this quilt to quilt it. Like they say there are always more than one way to do something.

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    when ever you are sewing long strips together it is really recommended to reverse starting end with each strip= this keeps the strips straight- when you start at the same end strip after strip after just a few it starts to (bow) and will curve further and further with each strip.

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    When sewing tubes together, I always start at the same end as not all strips are the same length. I've done it when I sewed each strip the opposite way, and it got all skewed out of shape. This way works for me.

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    I took a break from the tubes, and read all of the comments and suggestions. I really appreciate the support you have given. I'm ready to go back to work. Thanks.

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    I make these sort of quilts all the time, as a colour wash. When you are making the tube, make sure that you start pinning from the centre out to the edges. This stops the tube from twisting. Before you make the tube, it is also a good idea to iron each alternate strip so that the seams go in different directions. That means that you have one strip with both seams pointing inwardly and the next strip has the seams pointing outwardly. Hope these tips help you to have better success, as mine always go together quite easily with this method.

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    Sounds like a fun way to make a quilt

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    I haven't made a trip around the world quilt, and have enjoyed reading the various responses. Apparently there are several methods, all of which work. I think the general rule of thumb is, if you think you have a problem with your quilt, STOP. Don't proceed with the next step until you have solved the problem with the current step. If you keep going you will just compound the problem. Best of luck with your quilt, and keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anniep
    I took a break from the tubes, and read all of the comments and suggestions. I really appreciate the support you have given. I'm ready to go back to work. Thanks.

    Even though you got more than one opinion from all of us you do see there is more than one way to go. Since you are taking a class is there a way to contact the teacher and get some feedback. I take civil war classes and our teacher is normally at the shop on Fridays for a quilting bee and so that if we have any problems we can go in and show and ask questions.

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