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Need advice, not lineing up properly

Old 07-21-2013, 05:04 AM
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So I got this pattern from Love of Quilting and I checked the pattern and I checked fabric and stitching and its just not lining up! I feel like I'm going crazy. The final squares should be 3.5 but by triangle ones are 3.75 should I cut the larger triangle down? or cut the sides of the the other? I have no clue how to fix. Its creating major puckering issues.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:18 AM
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I believe that your block on the right....the center row, the outside triangles (lightest color - there are 2) don't come to a point, thus giving you extra length on this block.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:35 AM
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The pattern is a flat edge. I went and looked online and I just saw the pattern in the book is no good. I went and bought tri recs tools so I'll try again. I'm grateful I didn't cut ALL my fabrics ugh...
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ok after you sew your blocks together each individual one before you sew them to the next one are you squaring them up? this is your issue I think. Square each block up, after you sew them together so they make the right size for the block your doing in the end ie four patch across down is 3.5 each square. the three across is 4.5 and sew on. even with my stupid quarter inch foot I still have a bit of trimming to make those blocks square no idea why either thought it would solve all my troubles ..

glad you have found the right pattern did you tell the people that there is an error or check to see online if there was a published fixed pattern often they do that put the correct measurements up as a sorry here are the ....online for you to use. frustrating to say the least. pretty pattern however.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:46 AM
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Hope it all works out for you. It is amazing how easily it is to get a "whomp".
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Practice helps - none of my first stars were what I really hoped they would be. As I did them I learned methods that worked for me. So when I click on your image - it gets blown up. What I see is that the problems are not consistent. By that I mean, one of the valleys of the star points is dead spot on (another two are very close) while the others are off. Also the four patches on the top center are pretty close while the set at the bottom are not and the final sizes are not the same either. What is the final size of these blocks?

I hope I have your question correct. When I do this type of block, I measure each subset. In doing that, I also measure , in the case of the 4patch. if the center seam is actually in the center. On the point of the stars, I measure the entire rectangle and also check for the 1/4" seams at the spot where the sides form the V.

When I assemble the Star Points to the center, I put a pin vertically through the bottom of the V and then through its corresponding seam on the 4 patch where I want it to match. I then place pins on either side- removing the vertical pin afterwards. I use that method sometimes when I sew 4patches to one another as well.

Whn done I also, measure the final blocks, measuring the overall size and the location of the the two vertical seams and horizontal seams to one another and make sure they are where they are supposed to be.

My bet is that your 4patches were not the exact same size after being sewn and that is some cases at the V on the star points, there were instances where you did not have your 1/4" seam. Hope this helps. Keep asking questions
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What is a flat edge pattern?

As others have said - your sub- units of the block need to be the same size ( the four- patch and the triangle- in- a- square units)

I think the triangle-in-a-square unit is tricky to assemble properly. Something that helped me a lot was to draw the seam lines on the triangles and pin at the seam intersections. The edges/ears/tails are not even.

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Originally Posted by ameriguat View Post
The pattern is a flat edge. I went and looked online and I just saw the pattern in the book is no good. I went and bought tri recs tools so I'll try again. I'm grateful I didn't cut ALL my fabrics ugh...
I don't know what "flat edge" is, either. But I agree, it's always wise to make up one block of a pattern before cutting all your fabrics. Sometimes I make that test block up in fabrics I really don't care for, just as a test of the pattern. Good luck to you! If you are interested, Sally Collins wrote a great book on machine piecing accuracy. Her cutting and sewing tips have helped me immensely. I have bought that book as a gift for several quilty friends.
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also you might put a skinny sashing strip in between the blocks. that would help in not having to match the blocks together. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
also you might put a skinny sashing strip in between the blocks. that would help in not having to match the blocks together. Good luck.
That is another solution!!
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