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Help!! What am I doing wrong?

Old 11-06-2011, 09:45 AM
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I new to quilting as some of you know. I brought one of those monthly Quilt Block Kit. And this is the problem. I cut each piece like I should I measured and remeasured. 2"x2" each finish row should be 2"x 6 1/2". And when finish the whole thing should be 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 Well mine is 6 x 6 I measured my seams to make sure they are 1/4 and they are. I just don't know where I went wrong. Any suggests? Nothing ever comes out the size it should with me.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:48 AM
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Check the pattern. Maybe the seams should be 1/4??? That is the norm . Don't give up!


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Old 11-06-2011, 09:52 AM
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Can you tell us what the block name is? If you have 2" squares what shape are you adding them to?
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:53 AM
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Sherylb,
I did do the 1/4 seam I just miss printed. It makes the square 6 x 6. And I so wanted this to work out. I took my time and measured and measured before I cut. I just don't know.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:56 AM
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The name of it is Spice of Life or Block 6 Eat, Drink & Be Merry. Maybe that what wrong I need a drink to see this right. I will try and post a picture of it.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:57 AM
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Then possible there was a misprint on the patern. It happens Call where you got it to see if there were revisions. if so you'll get a new block kit free. If not... get your ripper ready It'll be ok.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:58 AM
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As long as your blocks are consistent you are doing OK. Keep going. If you do a row of 6 x 6 blocks up and down it will still come out even if it is a simple pattern.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:59 AM
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2" squares sewn together = 1 1/2"...so, 4 of them should measure 6"
it sounds as if you needed to add a seam allowance...1/2" seam allowances need to be added to pieces that will be sewn into blocks. it sounds as if the 2" is the finished size
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:02 AM
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That's a 12 1/2" block. Check to make sure you didn't, maybe, mix up a few pieces. Star over with identifing each cut piece and where it should go in that block.
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Test your seam allowance. Cut a 2.5" strip of fabric, cut that into 3 pieces, and sew those 3 pieces together. Press the seams to one side, then measure the width. If you don't get a width of 6.5", then the problem is with your seam allowance and/or your pressing. The seam allowance needs to be *scant* because when you iron the seam some of the fabric is used up by the "turn of the cloth". This is how cutting exactly and sewing an exact 1/4" seam allowance can cause your blocks to come out smaller than you expect.
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