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    are you standing up to cut or sitting down? I cut best standing, ...

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    Just square them up as best as you can and cheat the seams to make em straight! Perfection is just a pipe dream and normal a setting on your dryer :lol: It is more important to enjoy what you are doing than to stress yourself out on being perfect.

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    When I first began quilting, I took a class from a professional, and we put dots on the fabric 1/4" in at all corners, then ran a pin through those dots. The results were beautiful. I'm just finishing a Lone Star and the templates in the book all had those dots. I matched them up carefully (every piece, all 288 of 'em!) and it worked perfectly.

    Are you sewing bias edges to blocks cut on the straight of the goods? This can cause problems if you're not really careful.

    Also, when you're pressing, just PRESS, don't iron by sliding the iron on your material. Even a little bit of the resultant stretching can cause problems.

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    Hi, "Stitchnripper" ..... I just saw your pink and lavender quilt, and it's beautiful! Such a lovely blending of colors.

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    A while ago a teacher came to our Quilt group and one thing she said was that if your ruler had thick lines you work will be out and adding all the seams with that fraction of an inch out will be big enough to throw your work out. Also check that your ruler is measuring right and with straight lines, use a metal tape measure as it wont be stretched and see if the measurements are right. She said to get rulers with thin lines and if you are getting different sizes make sure they are all the same maker as that too could be throwing your work out. Hope this helps you.

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    Now to summarize all this and put it into a tutorial!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudithAnn
    Just square them up as best as you can and cheat the seams to make em straight! Perfection is just a pipe dream and normal a setting on your dryer :lol: It is more important to enjoy what you are doing than to stress yourself out on being perfect.
    Amen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLM3

    I have a question for you- how do you cut your fabric with the Cricut? I have read about it and tried once without success. Maybe you can help me?
    Thanks.
    I have watched a demo with cutting fabric with a Cricut, but the lady had to do a lot of fiddling and it seemed like it took a lot of time just to cut out a simple shape. I have the Accuquilt "GO" cutter and it is "SEW" much faster and very accurate cuts. Hope this helps.
    Jenelle

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    You know i was having a real problem with my blocks not coming out right and it had nothing to do with my cutting but everything to do with my seam. I was using a 1/4 in foot and I was using that and thinking that all of my seams would be 1/4 inch but they were not. Use the 1/4 inch seam guide on your throat plate of your machine and see if that helps or not. You may also need to put your pinky out on the cutting board when you are cutting. My mom always told me measure twice and cut once. It has truely helped me out a lot. Hope that helps. Jennifer

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLM3
    Quote Originally Posted by stefanib123
    I have been holding my cutter at an angle! I was trying to get it as "close" to the ruler as I could, kwim?

    Hm...That may be the problem.

    The reason I am only cutting one layer is I'm afraid! LOL! I was thinking if I was messing up one layer, I didn't want to mess them all up! LOL!
    I have a question for you- how do you cut your fabric with the Cricut? I have read about it and tried once without success. Maybe you can help me?
    Thanks.

    You can pm me if you like, I'd be happy to help in any way I can.

    With the Cricuts, you pretty much only use them for applique. You have to use a stablizer, I usually use the heat n bond lite, to be able to cut with it.

    Someone suggested using freezer paper, and then pulling it off after cutting it. This sounds like a fantastic idea! I'm going to try it, and I'll let you know.

    The Cricut is absolutely amazing. If you don't have the software to use a computer with it(SCAL, MTC) you should get it. Never have to buy another cartridge again, and you can cut ANY image you can see on your computer screen!

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    OdessaQuilts has Very good guidelines which I totally agree with.

    One think I haven't seen addressed is if you are measuring your cut from your cutting mat or your ruler. I find that if I measure from my ruler I have less problems. I also put a strip of tape, like 2 layers of the blue masking tape on the line where I need to stop, if I'm cutting 2" strips I put it on the BACK (down) side of my ruler at 2", leaving 2" between the edge of the ruler and the tape, so that the tape stops the ruler from sliding on the fabric at exactly the same place each time I lay it against the edge of the fabric. I usually cut 4 layers at a time. I hope you see what I'm saying?

    You can also use the layered tape on your sewing machine as a stop at 1/4" to guide you fabric at exactly the same width on each piece, which helps a LOT. I use a 1/4" foot with a 'bumper' on the side to help keep my seams all the same. I also use the same machine all the way thru a project for consistency thruout that project.

    My last suggestion is that only God is absolutely perfect? A lot of us are perfectionists but I have come to the conclusion that life is too short and I have too many quilts to make to worry about everything being perfect. When it's all one big quilt and the quilting is done even I can't find some of the mistakes that I thought were glaring at me when I did the individual block.

    Good Luck!

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    Ruthy ....haven't you heard? The reason you can't find those mistakes is because when you take a quilt off the frame and shake it, they all fall out! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonniebusybee
    Ruthy ....haven't you heard? The reason you can't find those mistakes is because when you take a quilt off the frame and shake it, they all fall out! :lol:
    Bonnie, I had to laugh at this idea. I'll have to remember to shake hard.
    You folks have me searching the thrift stores now. I went to Salvation Army yest. & found a 3+ yd. pc. of thin batting, 6 yds of blue print flannel, 3 1/2 yds. of pink print flannel & 2 good size pcs. of eyelet material in white & beige. All for $14.

    One other pc. I found I thought was thin batting but when I got it home & ck'd it closer, it's a knit that stretches. I have no idea what to use it for.

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    Make you some pillow cases with it. They may stay on the pillows well since it stretches. Or you could make you some green bags for shopping, if it stretches it will hold more lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbie
    Make you some pillow cases with it. They may stay on the pillows well since it stretches. Or you could make you some green bags for shopping, if it stretches it will hold more lol.
    Gerbie, I would never have thought of making pillow cases. Good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonniebusybee
    Ruthy ....haven't you heard? The reason you can't find those mistakes is because when you take a quilt off the frame and shake it, they all fall out! :lol:
    Thanks so much Bonnie, I had not heard about that before. I'll remember and share it with my friends! :thumbup:

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    I find lighting to be VERY important when I'm rotary cutting. If the light is not directly over my ruler, a shadow can make the measurement slightly 'off.'

    This has been a GREAT thread. I'm eager to start cutting out my next quilt! I've finally finished all my other projects, and I get to do something for MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    I find lighting to be VERY important when I'm rotary cutting. If the light is not directly over my ruler, a shadow can make the measurement slightly 'off.'

    This has been a GREAT thread. I'm eager to start cutting out my next quilt! I've finally finished all my other projects, and I get to do something for MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
    WOW! All projects finished! I won't live that long. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthysRaggs
    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    This has been a GREAT thread. I'm eager to start cutting out my next quilt! I've finally finished all my other projects, and I get to do something for MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
    WOW! All projects finished! I won't live that long. :-D
    I was beginning to think I wouldn't live that long either. The older I get, the slower I get LOL

    Sadly, they were not new quilting projects. One was mending a lap quilt that I originally made for my son in '97. One DGS has nearly loved it to death. Every piece in the quilt is a diamond - a pain in the butt to mend. I still had some of the original fabrics , so I embroidered his fav animal, elephants, on some of diamonds, inserted them in the hopelessly worn-out areas, hand embroidered over some of the less-hopelessly worn areas, and I re-hand quilted most of it. I haven't HAND quilted for years, so this was truly done for love of Henry - and it took a lot more time than I expected.

    The other project was sewing dresses (yes DRESSES) for my college-bound DGD. She loves dresses - looks great in them - 5'10" - long and slim waisted, so she can NEVER find anything that fits in stores. My dressmaking skills were pretty rusty, so the dresses took a lot more time than I expected, too. But I have the altered patterns, so now I can easily make more dresses.

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    Lucky you, I still can't seem to get all of my ufo's finished. I have a special quilt I want to do but have at least three others ahead of it. Time will let me make it though.

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    I have to add one thing that I have not seen anyone comment about. Unfortunately, I am a perfectionist. I just started quilting last Fall. I took a class at our LQS. I was cutting away on the project for the class and measuring everything then doing the 1/4" seam checking that over and over. I could not figure out why the stips were a little different. The teacher came over and watched me. All seemed to be right but she tried it and the cutter did the same thing to her. She opened it up to look at the blade closer and it was packed with lint from some fleece I had been cutting. It was causing the blade to wobble just enough to mess things up good. She cleaned it out, tried it again and it was perfect. So you can be doing everything right and some little nuisance thing like that can throw you off.

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