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Old 01-16-2010, 05:23 PM
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Hi all, I am making a quilt that is comprised of 6.5 inch blocks to start with. They should measure 6 inches once put together...right? Mine is only measure 5.5 so I am assuming my scant quarter inch needs fixing...right? Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:28 PM
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If you cut your fabric 6 1/2 "' ...sew 2 blocks together using 1/4"...the piece should measure ...6 1/2 x 12 1/2...either you are not cutting 6 1/2 ' or your seam is over 1/4 inch...
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Right, they should be 6 inches after they are sewn together. Sounds like you might be using a scant half-inch seam. I put a piece of blue painters tape about 3 inches long at the quarter inch mark and just let the fabric almost touch it as I sew.
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:31 PM
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Thanks ladies!
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:40 PM
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Kim -

The scant .25 inch is troublesome for new quilters. It sounds as if you are correct that you need to work on that. The biggest thing, I think, is that you want ALL your blocks to finish the same size. So if you are making a wall hanging or table topper where size is not critical you can continue with your construction the same way you did with your first block.

If you are constructing a bed quilt or something that size is critical, then you may want to use some scrap fabric and make a few trial blocks and figure out where that scant .25 inch is on your machine. Just a note - many .25 inch feet generate a larger seam than that scant .25.
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Ahhh...my blocks are 6 inches now!
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wonderful.... :D
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Hon, if your blocks are 6 1/2" and you sew two of them together, this piece should measure 6 1/2" X 12 1/2" a 4 patch should measure 12 1/2" X 12 1/2" If you are sewing the blocks in a row, all BUT the beginning and ending block should measure 6 inches across :D:D:D
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Originally Posted by charmpacksplus
Right, they should be 6 inches after they are sewn together. Sounds like you might be using a scant half-inch seam. I put a piece of blue painters tape about 3 inches long at the quarter inch mark and just let the fabric almost touch it as I sew.
great idea.
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Originally Posted by charmpacksplus
Right, they should be 6 inches after they are sewn together. Sounds like you might be using a scant half-inch seam. I put a piece of blue painters tape about 3 inches long at the quarter inch mark and just let the fabric almost touch it as I sew.
I did almost the same thing. I colored permanent marker down the sticky side of a piece of scotch tape, taped it at my 1/4 inch mark,, rubbed it in place well, then peeled the tape off. I had a nice straight line at my 1/4 inch mark instead of tape that I seem to consistently peel the corners up on!
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