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    I need your help with this quilt

    Trying to piece quilt top from direction in a old quilt magazine. My first of many mistakes
    The directions state Sew block together in nine horizontal rows of 7 each

    My rows do not line up. Should I expect this? Or how do I fix it?

    I would like to make it into a full size quilt and as you can tell this will not do. How to turn it into a full size quilt.

    Here it is I have only sewn one row together and would like to figure this out before advancing any further.

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    BDawn ~ sorry you are having problems. First a few question ~ What size are the blocks? What size does the pattern say the quilt will be? Are you new to quilting.

    I first will assume that your blocks are not the same size, that is a must to have things line up.

    If you could share pictures that would also help us help you.
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    Thank you grammy Dwynn... yes I am new to quilting. Block size is 9 1/2 it did not give a finished size but from picture it looked to be full size. I am going to walk away from computer and come back to try and post picture.

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    Now you need to measure the block that you made, did they come up to 9.5 inches (or darn close, we are not perfect)? Also pinning at the 'intersections' is important.

    If you cannot post pictures it is not life or death. Just takes more (longer) explanations on you part. In other words you need to give us a paragraph of explaining versus a sentence.
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    The blocks are not going to line up unless they are all close to the same size. Measure all your blocks. If they are all within an eight of an inch or so, you are all set, just pin the intersections as you go. If they vary a lot more than that, you have some decisions. One fix is to cut them all down to the size of the smallest block, however, this may impact the patchwork pattern, so you have to be careful. If just some of your blocks are too large or too small, you can unsew those and take a slightly smaller or larger seam.
    There are 3 things that make your blocks accurate sizes:
    1) accurate cutting and using the same ruler (or at least the same brand of ruler) for your whole project.
    2) sewing with an accurate 1/4" seam for your whole project.
    3) Careful pressing. You can distort your block if you iron instead of press, or you can press tiny creases where the seams are, which makes the block smaller.
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    Did you square up each block to the desired size as you finished it? After pressing and before putting on the design wall.

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    Some great ideas here. I've learned to measure my blocks when done and make them all the same size, or near to as possible, using the smallest measuring block as my new measurement. Now my question, does using different rulers on the same project really make a difference? I have a 6 1/2 inch by 24 1/2 inch ruler that I love because of the 6 1/2inch measurement. My Omnigrid is only 6 inches with no 1/2 inch after and I find that a pain. Of course, the 6 1/2 inch ruler I love is a different brand. As long as I have been quilting and quilting with my friends none of of us has heard about using the same brand of ruler through a whole project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    Some great ideas here. I've learned to measure my blocks when done and make them all the same size, or near to as possible, using the smallest measuring block as my new measurement. Now my question, does using different rulers on the same project really make a difference? I have a 6 1/2 inch by 24 1/2 inch ruler that I love because of the 6 1/2inch measurement. My Omnigrid is only 6 inches with no 1/2 inch after and I find that a pain. Of course, the 6 1/2 inch ruler I love is a different brand. As long as I have been quilting and quilting with my friends none of of us has heard about using the same brand of ruler through a whole project.
    My opinion on the rulers question (for what that's worth) is that all the rulers are accurate. However, our eyes may see the markings on different rulers a bit differently. Since a ruler has some thickness (about 1/8"), you really need to be right over the ruler when finding the point on the fabric that corresponds to any given measurement. If you are looking at the ruler from one side or the other, the point that you match up will be off. And it may be off a different amount, depending on the angle, the thickness of the ruler, or your ability to see the markings on it. I can't see the markings on some rulers as well as on others, and likewise I have a terrible time reading the markings on one of my mats (orange on gray - who thought that up?) If you're doing okay with any given assortment of rulers, don't worry about using just one brand. If you want to prove to yourself that they're all the same, or that one is different, line them up and check them out that way. I really think you'll find that they are all accurate - unless the edge has worn down and become uneven.

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    Assuming your blocks vary in size no more than 1/2", the following should work.

    Sew one horizontal row together. Sew the second horizontal row together. Pin the two rows together at each seam. If you get to one that is hugely variant, you can go to the sewing machine and take in a seam simply by sewing a larger seam right next to the seam that is too narrow (you do not have to take the old seam out when you do this). Once you have the two rows pinned together, sew the seam and ease or stretch to make sure the pins match. You probably do not want to have to ease in more than 1/4" per block.

    A photo would help. Also measuring your blocks and giving us the smallest and largest measurement would help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Did you square up each block to the desired size as you finished it? After pressing and before putting on the design wall.
    irishrose ~ I do not mean to step on your toes. I have seen newbie quilters 'square up' the blocks when they are finished and whack away the points.

    It is better if things are checked as we piece and double check that we have a 1/4" seam. Always press, not iron the seams.
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    Last edited by grammy Dwynn; 03-23-2013 at 10:16 AM.
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    I don't know if anyone mentioned to you that after you pin the blocks seam to seam, notice if one or the other has some fullness to it (meaning is a little bigger). Place that block near the feed dogs. This will help to ease in the fullness. This tip has saved my life many times. I find it especially helpful when applying borders. Good luck and don't give up.
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    I don't sew blocks into rows then sew the rows together. It works better for me to sew the blocks into sets of two across. Then flip the top set of two down over the next set of two. The next step is to flip the set of 4 to the right and stitch to the set of 4. Usually there is only one long row to stitch then. Don't know if that makes sense to anyone. I just don't like stitching and matching long rows of blocks.

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    Ok, tried to download picture and I just get failure to load to qultingboard.

    The quilt is called road to florida that I posted a picture of it on a thread I called road to florida.

    They are triangles measuring 11 inches ( strips 6 1/2 inch, diamonds 2 inch, triangle 4 1/2) they came together beautifully but after I finish the rows and go to attach it looks like every other row is missing a triangle. the missing space is uniform . I hope this helps and I am not being more confusing. Thank you so very much and I really appreciate all of your advice.

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    I should state it is at the end of each second row

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDawn View Post
    Trying to piece quilt top from direction in a old quilt magazine. My first of many mistakes
    The directions state Sew block together in nine horizontal rows of 7 each

    My rows do not line up. Should I expect this? Or how do I fix it?

    I would like to make it into a full size quilt and as you can tell this will not do. How to turn it into a full size quilt.

    Here it is I have only sewn one row together and would like to figure this out before advancing any further.
    You've not included enough information. 9 horizontal rows of 7 would indeed be enough if the blocks are big enough. What do you want for a finished size (IN INCHES) not simply "full". How much border do you want? How much fall do you want?

    Sewing blocks into strips is basic piecing. How else would you sew pieces together?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    Some great ideas here. I've learned to measure my blocks when done and make them all the same size, or near to as possible, using the smallest measuring block as my new measurement. Now my question, does using different rulers on the same project really make a difference? I have a 6 1/2 inch by 24 1/2 inch ruler that I love because of the 6 1/2inch measurement. My Omnigrid is only 6 inches with no 1/2 inch after and I find that a pain. Of course, the 6 1/2 inch ruler I love is a different brand. As long as I have been quilting and quilting with my friends none of of us has heard about using the same brand of ruler through a whole project.

    About rulers-----------I used a Olfa ruler and a June Tailor ruler on the same project-----------about a 1/4" off in a 4 inch piece
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    About rulers-----------I used a Olfa ruler and a June Tailor ruler on the same project-----------about a 1/4" off in a 4 inch piece
    oops----------omnigrid---------not olfa!
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    I looked at your other post. To help others understand, you are not making a square block, but a triangle shaped block. It looks like a framed triangle. The center triangle is solid white and it is framed by a long print strip with a solid diamond on each end to form the points of the triangle. These diamonds then form a 6 point star when the blocks are joined together.

    I have not made a block like this so I can only offer suggestions. Did you measure each triangle to make sure they were all the same size before you sewed them into rows? Accurate seam allowances will be very important in this block. You will also have to be careful not to stretch the center diamond when you sew as it has bias edges. When sewing together the blocks, make sure you match the point where the corner diamond and the strip are joined, nesting these seams together.

    You said every other row is missing a triangle at the end of the row. Do you mean the center triangle? Or the amount missing is triangle shaped?

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    Are your blocks going to end up on point? You may just be needing a triangle piece at the end of each row to even the edges. Just a guess.

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    Oh my goodness, Thank you Cherisews you explained correctly. Everything has been accurate I am very careful to make sure seams stay 1/4 inch. Just seems to be missing a full framed triangle on ends of everyother row
    iwillquilt,yes all points are going to end on point.

    Thank you for your patience and trying to help me. I will try and post picture when I can figure out why quilting board and my Macbook can work together.

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    OMG I just figured out the quilt you are trying to make!!!! I have made it, but I know it as 'Smoothing Iron'.

    Also I found the picture of the one you had posted.

    I need to go back and re-read... but I think what you are missing is some "half" blocks (but not actually one half of a block).
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    YEA!!! thank you I really appreciate you posting picture of your quilt it is Beautiful, much prettier than mine. The magazine did not give instructions for end pieces. I think I see what you mean by half blocks.

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    http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot...-together.html I just did this and pin, pin, pin.

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    Thank you Nativetexan, but my seams are matching up. I think grammyDWynn picture showing me whats wrong I am missing part of instructions it looks like I need half triangles at end of strips or I am hoping so. Will continue to try upload picture.

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