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Thread: Newbie Question: How worried should I be about 1/4-inch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    accuracy is important
    Accuracy is important
    ACCURACY IS IMPORTANT
    ditto

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    Just think how much fun you'll have tomorrow if you had that much fun today! I think you're hooked!!
    Enjoy...and be sure to show us your masterpiece!

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    Something to think about when "fudging" is that you will end up with weaker
    seams. One or two threads short might be ok but anything more...you're
    going on the dark side...unless you do a lot of stippling in that area to stabilize the seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenelTX
    Thank you so much, everyone! I hadn't even thought of ripping out the seam to see where I went wrong. I'll do that, as a learning experience. I think it happened because I slipped with the rotary cutter when I got to the top of that piece, so it was a little smaller. Then I forgot to adjust for that when sewing the seam, so it ended up too small.

    I really, REALLY had a lot of fun today!
    Having a really fun day is as important as accuracy in cutting and sewing. Just be sure that this continues and you don't get to the point that you think, to yourself, Oh, gee I must finish this and dread going to the machine to do so. Sewing in my opinion should ALWAYS be fun. For me it is my stress reliever.
    But accuracy in CUTTING is of GREAT importance, and so is sewing the 1/4 inch. However this being said, if it is cut accurately, then it is easier to fix if it is sewn with measurement other than 1/4 inch. Since this is your first quilt, you will now have a good learning experience, with block measurements. ENJOY making the rest of your first quilt and be sure to show us pics. along the way or at least when it is finished please. Have Fun on this new journey ((Hugs))) Gerbie

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    At first I worried more about consistancy of my seam allowances than I did exactly what measurement they were. Consistancy is far more important.

    As for the one block, don't throw it away. Rip it apart, figure out where your error was and fix it. It may have been in cutting, it may have been in stitching.

    We learn by ripping :)
    i agree ditto

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    The first thing I always tell new quilters is to be very carefull to get exact measurements always, a small bit out in a block will add up to a large bit in a quilt. In the end it makes life easier to take the trouble to measure twice and cut once. Hope this helps. :-)

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    My DGD is learning to sew and I told her to try to keep all her seams the same. I put several layers of painters tape to help her quide the fabric and she said it helped. My problem always seems to be the cutting. I always seem to get one stack of parts a little smaller or bigger than the rest.

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    I've never heard of a 4.25" block. Are you sure you haven't made a mistake somewhere with the whole set, quite apart from the block which is 1/4" short?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    accuracy is important
    Accuracy is important
    ACCURACY IS IMPORTANT
    What Holice said. :thumbup:
    me too! :XD: :thumbup:

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    Accuracy is important, consistency equally important. I find that if I have an odd block, most often I cut a strip wrong. You can check by turning it over and using your small ruler to measure the width of the strips instead of completely taking it apart. You can usually find the culprit. Then you can put a little batting and backing on the little block. Bind it, quilt it and put it under a nice cup of coffee or tea. I never throw away an imperfect block.

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    I bought a 1/4" foot with a guard that I keep the fabric against. This helps me keep the seams right. Seam accuracy is very important. Jan

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