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    Gals,
    I have a question. I know already that when sewing strips together you should start one strip from the top, the next strip from the bottom, etc. in order to help keep your quilt square.

    Well, I took a class for Eleanor Burns "Quick Trip Around the World". The instrutions do not say to alternate the top/bottom strip sewing; nor did the teacher mention it.

    I am getting a little worried. It seems (and I haven't checked it closely yet) that it might be getting a little caddywompus (yes, that's a word in my world! :lol: ) Should I take out the strips I have sewn together (just every other one) and re-sew from the bottom, or leave it. I don't mind taking out the strips; I would rather be happy with it than to not take it out and be unhappy.

    What do you girls think? Like I said, I would rather be happy than not.

    Any ideas would be welcome. Thanks in advance.


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    Well? What I would do is to just take apart one set of the strips and put it together the other way. If it looks better to you that way, then do them all like that. If not, then go back to the way you started.

    I never knew about alternating the strips. Then I read it somewhere and it came out MUCH better. Nothing really got "caddywompus" as you call it. :)

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    I'm with Terri... In Newfoundland we'd say our strips were starting to go "squish".... SO if you've just started your strip sets, do one the way we suggest and see what it looks like!

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    So interesting... my teacher/class had never mentioned it. I'm going to have to bring it up at my next class and she what she says. Or i might just go ahead and try it on my own.

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    "Caddywompus." Do you think that means the same as gollywhockered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmony
    "Caddywompus." Do you think that means the same as gollywhockered?
    Oh Harmony I think you are discombobulated!!!!

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    I'd take a tape measure to it before doing anything. You might just be worried and it's really fine. If you do find an error you can check each seam looking to see if the strips were lining up or if you were "slipping" a little. Looking at your work will give you a good idea where the trouble might be, after all it could just be one strip that's not right.

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    I've never heard that before. I just sew them row by row, but I pin at every seam and have not had any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    I've never heard that before. I just sew them row by row, but I pin at every seam and have not had any problems.
    me, too, but I press, press, press. You've got me wondering though about turning them about.

    I do a lot of caddywampus and pickin' so you may find yourself joining me in singing the pick it song.

    Sharon

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    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

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    I would call it like Melisa, "Discombabulated" I never heard of having to alternate the way you piece them together. Before you do anything iron what you have put together already and see if it looks crooked eye to you.
    It could be that some of the seam allowences are wider than others or the fabric itself.

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    One way to avoid this is to work in smaller units and then join the smaller units to make your panel.

    If your panel has 24 strips, sew 12 sets of 2 strips. Then sew the strip pairs together in pairs, so you have 6 sets of 4 strips. Then join those so you have 3 sets of 8 strips. Sew the 3 units together. By working with larger, more stable units, you are less likely to pull them out of shape.

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    i was taught at one of my first classes to alternate top/bottom when sewing long strips together - that way they don't start curling into big circles!

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    hmmm, when i do strip piecing, i always make my strips an inch longer than they need be, then after i've sewn my strips, i just do a straight trim across the top edge.

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    For lots of long strips, I use a walking foot. I'd be willing to bet the logic of alternating strips was intended to make up for fluctuations that the walking foot prevents.

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    abacus, could it be the pressing that is deforming the shape??If you are sure you are sewing exactly or pretty darn close, to a 1/4" seam and all looked pretty good till you ironed it...could be the way you are pressing your fabric. I know, for I had to fight this for a long time...I like to press hard and go from left to right...a big no no in causing the fabric to move. There are many free videos out there to watch w/the proper way to iron. I have to hummm the words in my head still:))In fact, I just might not be very safe w/an iron:))LOL Just a thought on that subject...Skeat
    *If you don't have a 1/4 guide on your foot...then use quilting tape to mark your line on the machine itself to give you a guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb M
    hmmm, when i do strip piecing, i always make my strips an inch longer than they need be, then after i've sewn my strips, i just do a straight trim across the top edge.
    Oh, Barb-I like the way you think!!!

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    alot of great idea's on here....I sew oppisite ends...seems to make a difference...also could you be pulling or streching the fabric...that's easy to do... keep at it you'll figure it out... :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb M
    hmmm, when i do strip piecing, i always make my strips an inch longer than they need be, then after i've sewn my strips, i just do a straight trim across the top edge.
    Oh, Barb-I like the way you think!!!
    lol me too :) :) :)

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    Thank you, girls, for your input. The Olympics are coming up; taking out a couple of columns will be good television work. I have a seam guide on my sewing machine (actually it is picture mounting tape which has some depth to it. Really good for butting your fabric against), and I haven't pressed it yet. I think I will try to rip out some and see if that helps.

    Again, I appreciate all of your ideas Thanks, so much.

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    Yes Harmony It is the same as gollywhockered!! :!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus
    I'm with Terri... In Newfoundland we'd say our strips were starting to go "squish".... SO if you've just started your strip sets, do one the way we suggest and see what it looks like!
    hee hee ooh how many times have I said the "squish" word to my students!! hee hee nice to know I'm not alone! :)

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    I have never alternated my strips and have never had a problem.
    I have an ironing board with measurements on it and just line up the strip on the line to make sure it is straight before I iron it.
    Press dont iron. Set your seams first.
    I like using the small travel iron also, its not so heavy and dosnt stretch the fabric.

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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
    ME? I'm not in Newfoundland. That would be Quilting Aggi that lives there. I live on Guam.

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    I was taught to alternate them - to be on the safe side just unpick every other one - you will never be quite confident about it if you don't... and that is the correct way... I learnt this in a bargello class...

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