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  1. #26
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
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    Squaring up as you go will give you much better results. I am still trying to make the perfect quilt. I figure if I strive for perfection, I will at least get closer.
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    I was being hard on myself, I wanted to achieve perfect line up too. I too asked and was told, if you can't see it from riding by on a galloping horse, don't worry about it. Now I still try, but, if I am a little off, I don't fret.
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    You ladies are way too kind and I appreciate it! I have finally finished sewing my rows together, and they are not, by any means even close to perfect. Some of them came out pretty good; others are quite a bit off, but I've decided that's ok. Dawn227 thank you for that tip about sewing the rows together. I thought maybe I went against quilting rules by starting to sew rows together before making them blocks first--I will try that next time. All of your tips are great, and I will practice them on my next one. My little guy is just all excited because he thinks his quilt is done and he can't wait to have it. Unfortunately, I've told him it's going to take me a LONG time to finish, because I have to put it together and I'm nervous as heck and not sure I am ready for the backing and binding and putting it all together.

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    My first quilt I made with flannel sashing and muslin blocks. OH MY! the flannel stretched like everything. My seams were not even, the blocks were wonky, so the difference )between the shortest and longest row was some 4 inches, and none of the eight rows were the same lenght. I had no idea how to fix it, and didn't want to start over. so I made sure each row was straight anyway: folded each in half the long way and trimmed to be even with the narrowest block(it was all wonky even along the rows!) Then I folded each row in half the other way, and matched centers of each row. so the center blocks sort lined up, at least the centers did. but the recipent liked it well enough, I promised her a better one when i got good. i don't think I'm good enough yet though . Maybe when I can make my avatar....
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    Mine are never straight...but I love them anyway...

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    All agree there are no perfect quilts. I do trim up all my blocks and go by the smallest. When I am sewing strips, I square them every time I add a strip
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    Ditto, Crazie.

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    Unless the design requires it, I usually do not sew long rows, then sew the rows together. Instead, I square up each block and use Best Press on the back of it to keep it stable. Then, I sew blocks into pairs, then into four squares, then sew those together as I go. For me, it's too easy to watch long rows get wonky. I do better this way. This way, I have very few long seams to match and sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    I square up my blocks before I sew them together so that the rows should have no problem going together if your blocks are all the same size. It can be tedious at each step of making the block but it makes your blocks way more accurate saving you headache later. If you saw my first quilt where i was not taught this method and my third quilt where I kind of taught myself to, you can see a big difference in how the blocks line up
    Me too. Blocks that are just too small are relegated to pillow sham or a throw pillow.
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    Unless you are REALLY off, no one will even know that they don't match up perfectly. Don't be so hard on yourself!

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