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Thread: Need help

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    Super Member judy_68's Avatar
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    Im working a new quilt and its already not working out right. Can somebody tell me if Im doing something wrong????
    I can't get past the first step so I'll tell you what it says step by step and you can tell me what Im doing wrong.

    cutting the fabric
    solid
    18 squares 4 x 4
    36 squares 4-3/8 x 4-3/8, cut in half diagonally to make half-spuare triangles

    white-onwhite print
    17 squares 7-1/2 x 7/1/2
    36 squares 3-3/8 x-3/8

    you have to cut strips too, which I have done but I can't get past the first step of sewing

    step 1
    stitch white half-square triangles to opposite sides of solid 4" square.



    Heres the problem. My triangles are bigger than the squares. I cut them just like the directions said. At least I think I did. What did I do wrong???? Any ideas????

    Judy

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    You have done nothing wrong, the triangles are supposed to be bigger than the sides of the squares...

    I am guessing that you will then sew triangles to the other two sides, creating a square in a square....

    the reason the triangles are bigger is so that you will have a 1/4 seam allowance where the two triangles meet when you have sewn them all on...

    keep going,,,you are ok

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    I would try to contact the maker of the pattern to see if there have been any revisions/corrections.

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    But, if the edge of the triangle that you sew to the square is bigger than the square how do you know line it up to sew it on. Won't it be off-center???

    Judy

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    I fold the traingle in half and crease it , fold the square in half and crease it , then match up the creases (centers) pin and sew

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    I had that happen to me before too... I just lined up the triangle so the same amount was sticking out on either side of the square. It worked out fine that way for me.

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    I picked this pattern because I had two fabrics I really liked together and I thought it looked easy. I can't even get past the first step. LOL Boy, am I going to need alot of help. But, i will finish it even if it is crooked. lol
    Judy

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    keep going and ask questions when you need to ..lots of experience out here to help you along.. take is slow and easy...it will work out fine. and post pictures if you get in trouble and we can see what the problem is.

    It is easier to help you that way..good luck..

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    Jstitch is right. Try sewing two triangles together and match it with a square. It should be the same size.

    Note: This same thing confused me when it first tried it also.

    Anne

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    The triangles won't be the same size if I would sew two together. The square is 4 x 4 and I cut 3-3/8 x 3-3/8 squares into the triangles.

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    Im just going to go for it and see how it turns out. I have a really pretty pink and white for the solid and a white on white for the other print. I think it will be pretty. I want to give it to my mom. I will post pictures.

    Judy

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    The directions said to cut 4 3/8 inch squares to cut into triangles -

    On the post timed for 20:31:31 - you said you CUT 3 3/8 inch squares to cut into triangles -

    Was that a typo or was that what you did?





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    I found this on youtube. It might help.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzM5P1EW4h0

    Use your measurements, not what she says.

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    I can't wait to see the quilt.

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    Judy

    As jstich said the triangles are supposed to be bigger than the squares just fold the triangles in half & the squares too. Then match the creaseline of the triangle to the creaseline of the square & sew away. You will have an overlap at the end but your be fine :D
    Practice it on some other spare fabric you have to see the result if your abit confused. That's what I always do is practice blocks with spare fabric. Hope this helps. :wink:

    Tisha

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    It "seams" to me that the triangle that will be sewed to the perimeter of the square should be larger than the side of the square. If the square is 4 inches, then shouldn't the triangle be cut from the 4 and 3/8 inch square. I don't get the 3 and 3/8 measurement?

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