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Thread: Chevron quilt

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    Chevron quilt

    I am making a chevron quilt with big blocks(10”). I am sewing down the middle and cutting the pieces in half for my triangles. I press seams to the dark side. I pressed. My squares are Wonky! I used Best Press. Do I just need to use starch? I am having to cut them down 1” to get them squared up. Your helpful comments appreciated!
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    It's very easy to distort triangles. Even if you pressed rather than iron...
    I do find that heavily starching before sewing helps. Make sure you don't tug or pull on the fabric as you stitch. I also have a Steady Betty pressing mat that helps.
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    When you sew down on either side of a middle line of 2 squares, you are sewing on the bias. You can get some distortion on the bias.

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    Tartan is there a better way to do large half square triangles?

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    That is usually a good way for less distortion. I just cut the squares a little bigger to start and trim if needed when done like you did.

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    I did a large star quilt as a Christmas gift that used HSTs (I think they were 18? Big!) Like mentioned above, I just planned to trim them down to size after sewing. Much less headache that way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanaquilter12 View Post
    Tartan is there a better way to do large half square triangles?
    There's a better way to do a chevron quilt, although it's probably too late now.

    How to make a chevron (zigzag) quilt without triangles

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