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    Super Member Lori Peercy's Avatar
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    Tried 4 patch for first time they look good but not same size as ones I cut out last week. Had a brain fart I guess. Don't know why the material looks blue but it is purple marble!

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    Girlfriend, I've decided there is a tricky little devil living under my table. Once I work on a pattern, go to sleep or go do some chores, when I come back it's all off. ** I wonder if I tape over one lense of my glasses if I'll get it lined up again? ** Reckon that is my problem, the center line jumps when I move my head one way or the other? Maybe you got that problem, too????????

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    Sometimes, when I sew at different times, the seam allowance is not the same. Could that be it? The 4 P blocks are a little smaller than the plain blocks because the seams have taken up some of the material. Are those the different ones you are speaking of, or do you mean your 4P's are not the same?

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    Your block looks great! Atleast this will be an easy fix for you at this point :D:D:D

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    Try this site that shows how to make 4 patch blocks from strips of fabric:

    http://www.suite101.com/content/how-...blocks-a210739

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    You might want to try a 1/4 guide foot with your sewing machine.

    I love mine. I can be sure that my seams are the same each time I sew.

    One of the mystery quilts we did was to have a scant 1/4" seam ... well, I just moved my needle over and then put a sticky on my machine and a note with my pieces. That really helped!

    ali

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    could be using different rulers on same project? That has messed me up before.

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    yep make sure you are cutting with the same ruler and that it does not move while cutting....next make sure you are sewing the exact seam width....I use blue painters tape to sew my seam allowance...good luck...

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    I am glad I am not the only one that has blocks change
    size. Sometime they grow more on one corner.
    Scissors and rotary cutters must run all over the cutting area during the night.
    Chop-chop-chop all night long. Yes, the pins hide in places so they can stab your finger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgull
    I am glad I am not the only one that has blocks change
    size. Sometime they grow more on one corner.
    Scissors and rotary cutters must run all over the cutting area during the night.
    Chop-chop-chop all night long. Yes, the pins hide in places so they can stab your finger.
    I agree. Your block is beautifal though. :thumbup:

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    I'm just going through this, but on little thin strips that aren't very long. yet when I measure seams,lengths,width they all "appear" to be on target. For the life of me, I am stumped right now. I sure don't want to rip 100's of seams!LOL

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    Again, Sharon Schamber has a free video to help you fix that. Here it is:

    http://www.sharonschambernetwork.com...g-Starch-.aspx

    There is one to shrink your block if it is too big or to stretch it if it is too small.

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    Really good idea!!!!!!! Never thought of that. This is why I am addicted to this site now! All these great tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lepeercy
    Tried 4 patch for first time they look good but not same size as ones I cut out last week. Had a brain fart I guess. Don't know why the material looks blue but it is purple marble!
    I'm not sure what you're doing, but I cut my 2 fabric colors into strips and sew them together, then cut them to make the strips into blocks. Then I cut the squares to size. I also put a strip of painters tape on my ruler so I don't cut on the wrong marking; am good at doing off an inch. Hope that is clear.

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    I have the same problem sometimes- I know they are the right size to start with & all cut the same but when I sew them - they come out not quite even - even with a 1/4 inch foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    Again, Sharon Schamber has a free video to help you fix that. Here it is:

    http://www.sharonschambernetwork.com...g-Starch-.aspx

    There is one to shrink your block if it is too big or to stretch it if it is too small.
    Wow!!! Great video!!!

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    Oh, you are not the only one who comes back and makes a wrong cut--I can't count the number of times I have done this. I have found the stuff that sticks on the ruler at the desired measurement, it comes on a roll and is about 1/4" wide. For the life of me can't remember the name and tossed the packaging. Its a bright color though so you can see where the measurement should be. Maybe someone else can help with the name of the tape.

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    what does the square look like after you press them? I always use starch

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewTinker
    could be using different rulers on same project? That has messed me up before.
    Really? Wow! That's good to know. I'm so new to quilting and would have thought a ruler is a ruler. I have so much to learn, but finding this to be the perfect place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    Again, Sharon Schamber has a free video to help you fix that. Here it is:

    http://www.sharonschambernetwork.com...g-Starch-.aspx

    There is one to shrink your block if it is too big or to stretch it if it is too small.
    This is amAzing! Some people are just genius'. So glad you posted this tutorial, maride. It's remarkable.

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    I took a double look at your lay out, it looks like you have one on the line, and the other not quite, you may want to remeasure them. They may just look like they are different sizes. But then again I am the queen of never the same size twice or even once. I cut real careful, sew as careful, and never end up with the size block it says its suppose to be so close enough is good enough for me. lol.

    Rita

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    Well, if your little devil isn't under your table, he's under MINE! I've had that problem so many times. Everything looks good when I cut them, then when I get around to sewing them several are OFF! It's enough to make me scream. Even my poor dogs run out of the room! Glad to know I'm not the only one.

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    As long as they are all squared the same size before piecing the quilt top you should be OK. :D

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    It is my theory that 'no two quilts are (sew) the same'. Sometimes I just have to say "ummmm".

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    Yep, enough to make us all go ummmm.

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