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    Puffyness in the middle..

    I am working on a d9p and when I sew the seam to join the 4 squares together, I have a hump in the middle, I took it apart and tried to see what the problem was, just can't figure it out. I know some of you ladies will be able to tell me what I am doing to cause this.. thanks in advance.

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    Make sure your original 9 patch is square. Also when you cut it into 4, make sure they are all square and the same size. That's the only thing I can think of. Ann

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    Starching fabric before cutting can help prevent this type of problem. Most likely the fabric has stretched from handling, especially from sewing.

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    Starch press then use a hammer
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    Starch press then use a hammer
    Love this answer..will have to try next time I am frustrated!

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    If you cutting is good and blocks are squared, you can use spray starch heavily and steam it back into place. Hold the iron above it at first and it will shrink back where you need it to be. Then press gently. Sometimes just handling it too much and ironing instead of pressing will warp it out of shape.

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    I'm hoping to get rid of my puffiness in the middle by dieting for about a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I'm hoping to get rid of my puffiness in the middle by dieting for about a year.
    LOL!!! You and me both!
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    Me too! Maybe longer!

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltin-nannie View Post
    LOL!!! You and me both!

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    Cut accurately and sew the blocks together without stretching the fabrics. When you sew the squares back together, make sure you nest the seams. Where the seams meet, one seam set goes down and the other seam set goes up so the kind of lock together at the intersection.

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    I know it's off subject, but me too! Thanks for the incentive.

    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I'm hoping to get rid of my puffiness in the middle by dieting for about a year.
    "I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don't have to dust them." ~ Author Unknown but I agree!

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    I love the idea of the hammer.. and the puffiness in my middle says it just like to hang around..

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    Are you speaking of the puffyness from all the fabric being in that one spot from the seams meeting? A hammer should work I would put a piece of thick fabric over it to pound on it though or a rubber mallet. My daughters quilt is the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila_Newhouse View Post
    I am working on a d9p and when I sew the seam to join the 4 squares together, I have a hump in the middle, I took it apart and tried to see what the problem was, just can't figure it out. I know some of you ladies will be able to tell me what I am doing to cause this.. thanks in advance.
    Eleanor Burns has a wonderful technique to flatten seams with four patch on the back. This is how she describes it:
    [on the wrong side]:
    1. At the center seam, cut the first stitch with scissors.
    2. Remove the two or three vertical stitches at the center with stiletto or seam ripper.
    3. Turn block over and repeat removing vertical stitches at center.
    4. Open the center seams and push down flat to form a tiny four-patch.

    This really works to flatten the seams in the back of the block.

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    I have no idea about the puffiness (the quilt or my waistline- lol) but I wanted to say how super cute your baby is in your avatar...

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