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    Help understanding directions

    I am working on piecing together what I think is a very easy quilt top. Itís a free one from Tula Pinks website. Iíve been stalling because I donít fully understand a small part of the directions and was hoping you guys could help.

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    What does it mean to jog slightly? What am I trying to accomplish with jogging it? And when she says to sew from the top to the bottom, that changes or alternates which side of the triangle Iím starting from each time right? First the wide, then narrow, wide, narrow etc. or am I supposed to be flipping the project so each time Iím sewing from the wide side down to the narrow side?

    thanks in advance for your help!

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    Imagine a 1/4" line drawn along each side of the triangles. The lines on one triangle will come together in a point. You want to match the points up on the two triangles at both ends of the line that you sew. That's why you "jog." (Terrible directions, Tula should know better.)

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    You might try marking the intersections on your pieces - where the black dots are on the attached drawing - and then put a pin through where those marks match. Then those instructions might make more sense.

    Depending on your templates - sometimes there are "tails/dog-ears" that stick out.
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    It looks to me like she wants you to start from the tip of the outside (olive green) triangle each time. I'm not sure, but I think when she says to jog them slightly she might mean to make sure that you allow for the 1/4" seam allowance when you align the edges. If you look at the circled parts, the base of the olive green triangle and the tip of the aqua triangle do not line up exactly along the edge that is perpendicular to the seam line. If you have them properly aligned, then there will be a slight overhang and you will have a sort of v intersection that will measure 1/4" (scant) from the edge (on the seam line side) to where they overlap. See the center picture where the circle shows the two olive green edges coming together. Now look at the red stitch line and see how it comes out in the notch (or V) where the two overlap. That is what will give you the 1/4" allowance so that your point doesn't get chopped off when you put the block into the quilt.

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    Bonnie Hunter made a video on how she sews these units. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aTPE1EFZHpc Hopefully this helps a bit.
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    I suggest you pin one along the seam line and open it up to see how they are aligning. You probably have to adjust the placement a little; I guess that's what she means by jog?
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    You can email her directly for clarification on the directions.. I had a question on the butterfly pattern. She was quick to reply.

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    I've made a quilt out of triangles like these. What she means by "jog the ends" is to make sure you have 1/4" of the ends of the triangles sticking out from the end of the other triangle. Clear as mud? There will be 1/4" of fabric sticking out at both ends.

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    Take your first 2 pieces and mark the 1/4" line. Then match up the pieces and you will see where the sewing line meets. This is what they meant by 'jog'. Absolutely poorly written (it's not you, it's them!). Your template cut off the points. Normally the triangles keep their points and you would meet up the 2 pieces so the intersection is at the 1/4" sewing line and then cut off the points after pressing.

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    I just finished a quilt similar to this and I also had a hard time making these despite great instructions from Eleanor Burns. I jogged everything to get it right.

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    ...And this is why I hate following pattern instructions. I am left clueless after reading and re-reading the instructions. If the pictures are good, then I am lost and I end up with another UFO.

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