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Thread: What am I doing wrong with Tumbling block quilt

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    Hope some one has the answer because I am having problems with the one I am working on. nothing is fitting, no pictures of mine it's hiding in a bag in the closet.
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    When you place two triangles together to stitch them, DON'T match the seam edges...on diagonal cuts you want the amount of the seam allowance to poke out at each end. The "V" formed by the offset should be where your stitches start. That's what's making your pieces not match up when you open them.
    Here is a blog that shows how to offset the seam allowances:
    http://urban-patchwork.com/?p=996

    Scroll down a bit and you will see where this gal put arrows and tells you to offset the edges of the pieces... and also note in that same picture where she starts her 1/4" stitching..right in the "crook" of the "V" formed by the offset.

    For your seam points...the above may solve most of that...but make sure you are using the same seam allowance throughout...I don't care if it's 1/4", 3/8", whatever...just stay constant. If you are even a few threads off..your seams will either cut off the points, or the points won't meet.

    I love the colors you chose...this is going to be a beautiful quilt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan View Post
    Ok I see that. What about the fact that the points don't really match up, and that there is sections that hang out more than others? Is that a problem in the over all quilt?
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    Also...starch the heck out of those pieces. Starch and press (don't slide the iron...press, lift the iron, put it back down, etc.). The starching and pressing will help keep the pieces from stretching out of shape.


    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan View Post
    I have been working off and on. ( ok More off then on) on this quilt for my son since May. I have cut a lot but now that I am putting it all together I am afraid I am doing something wrong. I have taken a lot of pics, hoping you ladies can help me out. Not only see what I am doing wrong but also to get some motivation to finish.
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    A key word (I saw) in Quilter's Cache was to sew a SCANT 1/4 inch; and the other postings about NOT matching the dog-ear corners are right on!! I hate the quilt police, but the points should be pretty sharp. Sad, but true. LOL

    It's coming along. Would love to see the finished project. You've given me inspiration to go finish some of mine... ttyl...

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    Thanks for the help ladies. I still have not tackled it. It stares at me all the time, my husband says GO FINISH IT>>> and when I see it laying there it just screams at me. I don't like that at all. Will have to hide the rows I sewed and start over that way. Maybe tomorrow I will work on it some more. Today I took a nap :-)

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    this is why i haven't tried this. maybe when i'm older and more mature! this board is great for help and support! sorry i'm no help, but i think your colors are great and it will be terrific when you have it all put together!
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    Ok Just a little up date in case you are wondering. After taking all this time to mull it over I have decided that I cut the wrong size strips and triangles. So I am going to scrap what I have done and start over. I was really disappointed in the fact that I have so many strips all ready seed, cut and ready to be swaen together. BUt I can't use them since I know it will affect the over all quilt. and I would always see the mistakes. So I will start fresh. follow the directions to the letter. (I changed it because I thought the measurements were wrong.) wont do that again.. and make my son one the right way.

    But not to despair I have always wanted to make a red, white and blue quilt. So will add some red and white to the blue and white and make a scrappy quilt. Will start dreaming of ideas now and looking for some red fabric. I already have ideas so I will be motivated to finish my sons quilt so I can start on the other one. Or maybe I will have to wait because I will be tired of the blue. Either way I know eventually I will make another quilt out of what I have already cut.

    thank you for all the advice and support. Will show you the final results when it is done..

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    The thousand pyramids quilts I've seen are based on equilateral triangles.

    So - I will get to that -

    The first drawing is a triangle in a square unit (Doreen Speckmann called them Peaky and Spike units) - the reason for showing that is that the sharper (more acute) the angle, the longer the 'tails' are when the seam allowance is added.

    The lower three shapes are based on 60 degree (equilateral) triangles) The diamond shape has 60, 120, 60, 120 degrees angles and the triangle has 60, 60, and 60 degree angles.

    The diamond and triangles are traced around templates from Pandora's Box as seen on Quilting from the Heartland, hosted by Sharlene Jorgenson.

    The outside lengths of the equilateral triangle are longer by about 5/16 of an inch than the outside lengths of the diamond.

    I rotary cut some paper shapes and used a ruler to mark 1/4 inch from the edge near the corner where the seams intersect. When using fabric, I usually use an ordinary lead pencil and make the marks just dark enough so I can see them. If using dark fabric, I use a 'silver' pencil or a chalk pencil.

    I've found this to be helpful - even now - for getting triangles to line up correctly. A shortcut is to make a template the 'finished' size and just put that in the center of each piece and mark around the corners.
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    When I sew these, I line up the points where the seams intersect and pin there - I fold the fabric back and peek to make sure that it will open up the way that I want it to.

    This scan shows how I pin the pieces together and how it would look from the right side (the markings should be on the back of a 'real' unit - but this is to show you how it looks and the tails that are sticking out.
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    WOW - Bearisgray - you do great templates and instructions!
    Linda

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    This scan shows everything flipped over and what I would do to create a 'finished size' template for marking the corners.
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    Triangles are not that big of a deal if one marks the seam intersections and pins them together properly - and allows for the tails/dog ears.

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    Finished?

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan View Post
    I have been working off and on. ( ok More off then on) on this quilt for my son since May. I have cut a lot but now that I am putting it all together I am afraid I am doing something wrong. I have taken a lot of pics, hoping you ladies can help me out. Not only see what I am doing wrong but also to get some motivation to finish.
    Please give me the good news that you have completed this quilt! I am having the same problems you had. I am all excited about finishing this quilt that it's really upsetting me that things aren't lining up. Linda
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    I am sure mine had a white section between each block. Iam angel can't see any mistakes it's beautiful.
    Last edited by DOTTYMO; 03-09-2013 at 08:57 AM.
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