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Old 07-25-2010, 04:26 PM
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I want to use a quilt block pattern from Quilters Cache website. Does anyone know when they say a block is a 12" is that the finished size so it's actually 12 1/2" prior to installation or is it a 12" that would finish at 11 1/2?

Trying to get started on one, but need this answered a.s.a.p. because I'm tight on the fabric I want to use. I guess I could build one out of paper first.

Just hoping some of you have used them and know what they mean.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:28 PM
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Of the patterns I have used from their site, a 12" block finishes at 12.5" or 12" once it is sewn in a quilt. Hope this helps you. :)
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And use a SCANT quarter inch seam.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:41 PM
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All of their blocks will be 1/2" bigger than the finished size :D:D:D
Most patterns are this way, as you lose 1/4" all the way around the block to seams :wink:

NOTE*** Many of their blocks are made to use a Scant 1/4" or your blocks will be a tad too small :D:D:D
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:34 PM
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I love the quilters cache! So many cute patterns & ideas!
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Definately a SCANT ... ask me how I know :oops: LOL It took a bit for me to get it right :roll: LOL
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Would someone please explain what a scant 1/4 in. seam means? Thanks.
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A scant 1/4" seam is a 1/4" less 2 threads - if you can believe that. It's true! 1/4" less about a thickness of two threads.
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To determine the scant 1/4" I sew three strips that are cut an accurate 1.5" each together. Press like normal and then measure the center strip-it should be exactly 1". If it's not adjust your needle position and try again. I hate doing this test-it's really boring-but it's worth it. Sometimes I feel like I moved my needle a bunch but the measurement is the same and sometimes I barely move it and the measurement is way off the other direction. Eventually I get it right. So keep plenty of scraps on hand for testing.
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