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Thread: I always come up short...why?

  1. #26
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    Brisbane, Aust
    You have to measure the width of your joined fabrics to be able to sub cut to the same size

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    Super Member IBQUILTIN's Avatar
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    North Fork Ca
    Always, always check your seam size to be sure it is an exact 1/4 inch.

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    I used to have that problem doing cival war blocks (61/2 in) and my teacher checked my seam allowances and they were good. She suggested using Aurifil thread because it's a strong cotton thread with only two ply. What a difference one less ply makes when you have lots of seems in a block.

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    May 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by joym View Post
    Thanks for ur response. It is not the seam allowances.........there are only three pieces sewn together...each block is cut and sewn the same.....one goes horizontal and the other vertical....but when I turn the vertical one around to sew it to the horizontal one, it is always short....
    sounds like a rail fence patterrn. I have the same problem. Have not figured out why either. What I do is whenI put the two together I kind of center them. Then they go into the bigger square. (4 small sections), I just square them up. Mine usualy are 6 inches from the center. Looks fine when all together as each is squared up the same. smile.

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