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Thread: I have a question----

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    I really don't think there is a right way or a wrong way. Everyone has what works well for them.
    Some people alternate strips, while others don't.
    Some people use quilters safety pins, others use just straight pins.
    Some use a walking foot, others don't.
    I think it's just what works best for each individual.
    Not saying to NOT try the suggestions, but don't always discount them as being wrong.

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    when my strips get "womperjawed" it's usually because I'm stretching one or the other.

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    BTW, if your strips are selvage to selvage to be cut to size later, they will not all be the same length, I always start at the same end , it just seems like less waste when you cut the selvage off it's even at least on one end.

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    Don't want to get into an argument, but I wouldl like to see the work, that has not been sewn alternately, hanging on a wall.... to see if it hangs straight... !!!

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    joy, my mystery runner is one:))I only sew one direction...don't ask me why....I just do:))I never knew or even thought to run different directions..makes sense though and maybe if I had sewed many, it would have moved on me or something....I think anything is possible..espec. for me:))Skeat

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    4 skeat - I like the picture of the quilt that you have there.... have you got a name for the pattern at all please?
    Regarding our little discussion, I would have sewn them all one way too but the tutor at the class I went to (who is very knowledgeable and has been making quilts for many years) put me on to the correct way... I was very pleased to know about it...

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    Wow! Not only have I learned new techniques for sewing strips, I have expanded my vocabulary too!!!! Hopefully my work won't get caddywompus,
    gollywhockered, womperjawed or squished!!! Thanks!

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    I only sew in one direction myself. If i make sure i'm not pulling or stretching either of the strips, there is no problem with accuracy for me. I stripped pieced an irish chain quilt for my parents 50th, and they were very small 1" strips, and because they were such thin strips, wonking would have been very easy, but i just made sure it didnt happen. An ordinary bed quilt, wonking doesnt show so much, but on a wall hanging, any inaccuracy with make the quilt look very wonky while hanging. So this is just in regards to the remark, prove it to me lol lol, but, this is not to say that now that i've heard of this technique, that i may choose to use it, if i ever am going wonky, but i just don't allow wonky's to happen lol ... when i did have it happen once, was very mad, and figured out why it happened, that i had been pulling too tight on the top strip while sewing, and well, that strip got a yelling at and disappeared lol, but never again

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunflower
    This is off topic, but where in Newfoundland do you live, Terri? My hubby and I spent a wonderful two weeks there (July 7 -21) flying to Deer Lake and then going to Cornerbrook, Rocky Harbour and up to St Anthony before heading back to Deer Lake to fly home. There was so much to see and do, the scenery was spectacular and the weather perfect. We loved it. We live in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Rita
    Too bad! You missed the really NICE part!! LOL I live on the Bonavista Peninsula and my hubby is from the Southern Shore (Irish area). I am so glad you came in July! August hasn't been the greatest weather-wise.

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    [4 skeat - I like the picture of the quilt that you have there.... have you got a name for the pattern at all please? ]"Paisley Parade", it is the one on the front of the "Quilt Sampler" magazine. Was quick to work up too!! Love the paisleys too!!!Thanks for asking..Skeat Here's a kit at a great visual store at: http://wiki.allpeoplequilt.com/page/Lake+St.+Mercantile-kits

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    I haven't done anything for a while with long strips but I do remember being told to alternate the direction. Some quilts you can do the small sections of two strips to two strips etc but with a trip around the world I think it would be even more confusing if you didn't stay in order. My advice is to check it and if it's off much take it out. If it's just a smidge off start at the other end for two rows, then start alternating again. When I made mine, and we are really going back here. We sewed the long strips to the next which was two sections shorter but we notched the strips at the place where they would be later cut and I guess that kept the rows straight. I made three right in a row because I liked the pattern t so well and haven't done another since. but it's on my TO DO LIST.

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