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Thread: ? regarding hand piecing

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    When you hand piece two squares together do you sew all the way across from edge to edge or do you start sewing 1/4" in from the right edge and stop 1/4" before the left edge? And, if so, why?

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    I start sewing 1/4" in and stop 1/4" before the next edge. One thing I love about hand piecing is that you can flip-flop your seam allowances so they always lay flat.

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    i always start at the 1/4" point- that way if i have to do any trimming at any point i'm not going to clip my hand stitches.
    i love hand piecing- the precision is great- things just seem to go together so much better than when machine piecing. but i do my prep work- meaning i draw diagonal lines- put dots at 1/4" spots- what ever is needed the little bit of extra time spent on prep saves me tons of time as i go along- and the precision is great.

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    Depends on the pattern. If the pieces meet at a 'Y' seam i start in 1/4".

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    1/4"

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    Go to this website and click on Tips. Jinny Beyer does everything by hand, even her borders and bindings. Her website is full of great information.

    http://www.jinnybeyer.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carole Angel
    Go to this website and click on Tips. Jinny Beyer does everything by hand, even her borders and bindings. Her website is full of great information.

    http://www.jinnybeyer.com/
    That's a very helpful site. I'm trying to get myself motivated to try to hand quilt a quilt. The last time I tried it, I had an awful time, but I think my batting was too stiff. Something softer next time. The first quilt I hand-pieced, I started and stopped 1/4" from each end. It went together so well, and was the most perfect piecing I've ever done.

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    I prefer to hand piece. I can fit the pieces more accurately. I just finished piecing a basket quilt by machine and I had the hardest time being accurate. My daughter bought me a Brother sewing machine so I thought I would piece this quilt. I couldn't get my seams aligned and did more ripping out than ever. I made lots of quilts by hand piecing and never had any trouble. My best was a Sunbonnet Sue quilt for my granddaughter.

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    For hand piecing, I start and end 1/4" from the edge. I backstitch at each edge, but do not cut the thread before moving on to the next piece; I just backstitch to secure the next edge and keep going. Works great!

    I'll have to check out Jinny Beyer's website. I learned how to hand piece by watching one of her videos years ago (borrowed from the library). Before that, I didn't have a clue......

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom
    When you hand piece two squares together do you sew all the way across from edge to edge or do you start sewing 1/4" in from the right edge and stop 1/4" before the left edge? And, if so, why?
    I start 1/4" in and end 1/4" from the end.

    Makes matching junctions a breeze when I can flip the seam allowances whichever way makes sense on the spot. When it comes time for the final pressing, it lets me iron them down in whatever way creates the least amount of bulk.

    I reinforce the beginning, the ending and any matching seams with a back stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom
    When you hand piece two squares together do you sew all the way across from edge to edge or do you start sewing 1/4" in from the right edge and stop 1/4" before the left edge? And, if so, why?
    Haven't hand pieced in years...but that is how I began quilting over 30 years ago. Starting and stopping 1/4" from the edges allow you to be able to press seams to the less bulky side, and helps in accuracy. I made dots and used those to align pieces.

    Maybe it is time to try some hand-piecing again! It really is accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SittingPretty
    Quote Originally Posted by Carole Angel
    Go to this website and click on Tips. Jinny Beyer does everything by hand, even her borders and bindings. Her website is full of great information.

    http://www.jinnybeyer.com/
    That's a very helpful site. I'm trying to get myself motivated to try to hand quilt a quilt. The last time I tried it, I had an awful time, but I think my batting was too stiff. Something softer next time. The first quilt I hand-pieced, I started and stopped 1/4" from each end. It went together so well, and was the most perfect piecing I've ever done.
    Thanks for the info. I'll do that on my next quilt!

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    I have been hand piecing for MANY years ,I sew all the way across,I can match seams better that way and never have a little "pucker" lol.

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    When I hand piece I go from end to end.

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