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Thread: Best way to remedy this?

  1. #1
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    Mar 2012

    Best way to remedy this?

    I am making a quilt where the blocks start as strips, and you add smaller strips to the edges before cutting. For example, I start with a strip that is 9" x 21". I sew a strip on each long edge that is 1 3/4". I then cut these at 9 inches, and I will be adding a strip to the other edges after that, to make a framed block. Whether due to poor cutting, or not accurate sewing, some of my strips are narrower than others. They are supposed to be 11 1/2 " wide, but some are less. (I had poor lighting the night I cut, so I will blame it on that!)
    So I am wondering, before I sew the strips on the other sides, is it better to go back and re-sew the narrow ones, using a slightly smaller seam allowance? Does that make sense? I feel if I do any trimming on the outer strips, that will show up as they will be slightly narrower.
    I love reading this board, and maybe any answers to this will help others with the same problem.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Sturbridge, Ma
    go back and measure your cut and your seams to see where the error might have occured. Sounds like you will have to adjust somewhere depending on what you find

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    I think you have answered your own question. You need to resew them using a smaller seam. If the resultant seam is very narrow, use a shorter stitch length for a bit stronger seam. Correcting the problem now will make assembling the quilt so much easier.
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