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Old 06-04-2012, 10:18 AM
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Ok starting a Carpenter's Wheel redrafted by Karen Coombs for a wedding gift.
It calls for 4 7/8 squares to be sewn and cut into HSTs. I don't mind doing the 7/8 but am I better off rounding up to 5 inches?
Every time I have used the 7/8, the pieces go together beautifully but it seems I am always short on the overall block and end up cutting off some points (consistency, that hobgoblin of quilting...) but would I have better luck if I allow a leetle more wiggle room?
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:27 AM
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I ALWAYS round up when cutting the 7/8. When I make the hst, I then cut it to it's proper size.
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I do the same..they never work for me so I cut big and square up.
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I round up.....
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:57 AM
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yes, you can round up. in a perfect world with perfect cutting, piecing, and pressing, the 7/8" measurement gives you perfect HST, but since most of us can't do that every single time, it's better to round up on the cut squares to give you a little fudge room when you square the HST. Just remember to square the HST after pressing them :-).
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Me too with the always rounding up. then you trim to size.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:26 PM
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This is going to sound dumb, but trim to size? So I have some full squares that are 4.5" - trim the HST to that? I am ALWAYS afraid to trim becasue I worry that I won't trim it right.....and how to do that? Fold the full square in half and half again to get the middle, do the same with the HST and match them?
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All of your blocks are going to measure the same (unfinished) size for this quilt. So when you round up to the 5" for the HST pieces when you sew/cut/press you'll be a tad over the 4.5". In theory if you did the 4 7/8 cut and cut and sewed accurately, your finished HST will be 4.5". So doing the 5" initial cut will give you a smidge over the 4.5 (unfinished) square. You can then trim to the 4.5". I like putting the 45 deg. line on my ruler on the diagonal sewn line and trim from there to the correct finished size. For me it makes for a really accurate HST and everything then matches up correctly.
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Originally Posted by Marilynsue View Post
I ALWAYS round up when cutting the 7/8. When I make the hst, I then cut it to it's proper size.
Seems to be the only way that works decently for me.
It's a little bit more work, but then the HST units are the size I want them to be and square after they are pressed and trimmed.
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Originally Posted by JNCT14 View Post
This is going to sound dumb, but trim to size? So I have some full squares that are 4.5" - trim the HST to that? I am ALWAYS afraid to trim becasue I worry that I won't trim it right.....and how to do that? Fold the full square in half and half again to get the middle, do the same with the HST and match them?
I like to use the Quilt in a Day ruler to trim my HST's like so:
http://springwaterdesigns.blogspot.c...wen-sewin.html
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