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flying geese are always a bit short.... why?

Old 01-18-2009, 02:56 PM
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What am I doing wrong? In the end it all fits fine, but it's bugging me. The rectangles are 5" by 2.75" and the squares are 2.75". I'm drawing the diagonal before I sew. Most the flying geese I made end up shorter than 5". What adjustment can I make?

I'm getting ready to cut the pieces for the last 7 star squares for the CW quilt....
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:01 PM
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Could it be that you are sewing on the line ? I always sew about two threads out, if that makes sense, and I am not certain this will solve the problem either.
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I do sew on the line--I thought we were supposed to? :?: :shock: If I sew on the outer side a bit--that will help?
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I find if I sew on the line the material I am folding back is a fraction short, perhaps other members may like to comment as I am certainly no expert and would not like to give you duff information.
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Thanks Katherine--if it works for you--it's good advice! :D I'll try it...
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something is wrong with the .75 measurement...let me think on it


edit: try one rectangle at 5.5 with the 2 squares at 2.75 Barnbum, see if that works.
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Always sew a thread or two away from the line. Sewing on the line will give you an exact 1/4 inch put when you fold and press the stitched line you lose a little and that little will make a diff.
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Sewing on the line will make your rectangles a little short. I mark mine with a Sharpie and then sew to the right of the line... Making the "flipping" piece a tiny bit bigger. That works for me!!
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Thank you!!! I wish they'd say that in the directions, rather than to sew on the line! :wink: Cutting the pieces for the last star blocks now...
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Originally Posted by barnbum
What am I doing wrong? In the end it all fits fine, but it's bugging me. The rectangles are 5" by 2.75" and the squares are 2.75". I'm drawing the diagonal before I sew. Most the flying geese I made end up shorter than 5". What adjustment can I make?

I'm getting ready to cut the pieces for the last 7 star squares for the CW quilt....
So your goal is to end up with a 5 x 2.75 inch FG? So when it is sewn in it becomes a finished 4.5 x 2.25 inch piece?

If you are coming up just a little short of the 5 inches, then yes, you are taking too big a seam.. just move it over a couple of threads,, ending up with a SCANT 1/4 inch seam.. and you should be golden
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