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Old 08-08-2013, 11:36 AM
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I have started my 1st. quilt....It's a 9block with 3 1/2 in squares and 9 1/2 inch plain squares...Hope that makes sense...So I sewed all the 9 patch blocks together to make my patch block squares. Laid them all out on my bed with the plain blocks.....WHY ARE THE PLAIN BLOCKS SMALLER THAN MT 9 PATCH BLOCKS???? I am so frustrated right now...How do I fix this problem?? Any ideas thank you for your help
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:44 AM
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Check your seam allowance. You should be using a 1/4" seam allowance. If you measure your 9-patch blocks, it should be 9 1/2" x 9 1/2". If it is bigger, you are not using enough of a seam allowance. If it is smaller, you are using too big of a seam allowance.

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Old 08-08-2013, 12:20 PM
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If all your 9 patch blocks are sewn together, you can take them apart and fix them or cut bigger plain blocks. OR If it is just a smidge, you can trim then to match the plain blocks. A smidge trimmed of the edges shouldn't be too noticeable.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:28 PM
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Make sure you use the same ruler for all blocks, and maybe double-check your ruler for accuracy. I have an Olfa frosted ruler that is accurate on 2 sides and about 1/16th of an inch too big on the other two sides. It's very frustrating, I have to pay careful attention to which side I use if I'm measuring.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:11 PM
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Check to be sure you cut accurately, and check seams to be sure they are all 1/4
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:45 PM
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If your patchwork blocks are larger than the plain ones then you either cut the small squares too large or the large block too small OR your seam allowance is off. Here's a way to check: http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ce-t89997.html

As far as proceeding on this quilt, how much are the blocks off? You have some options. If the blocks are off a small amount, like 1/8", you can ease them. Try putting the larger block on the bottom against the feed dogs to ease the excess.
If the patchwork blocks are too small (and were cut correctly) the seams are smaller than 1/4". I would tug on the seams a bit. If they are sturdy with the smaller seam, you have the option of just trimming them down to 9.5", taking an equal amount off opposite sides. If the seams pull apart, you will need to take them apart and re sew them.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:00 PM
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I can understand your frustration. It could be your 1/4" seam is off, sew on an index card, and test it, adjust to fit, mark with tape, sew again. Another trick that I used with dgd, was to tell her, we will cut the solid squares after we finish the 4 patches. Don't beat yourself up, all of us have gone through what you just did. If you have more fabric, cut squares to match. Quilting should be fun, I laugh at my mistakes, the seam ripper and I have a love affair.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:54 PM
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Sew the blocks that have the most seams first, then measure those to find the size to cut your plain blocks. Solves all sorts of problems.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:05 PM
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oh boy, measure all your nine patches first. make sure they are all the same size. Now, if your solid squares are too small you can think about maybe cutting them down again just a bit and add a sashing all around each one to make them match the nine patches. it may even make your quilt better. You always work with what you have. Good luck!!
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
Sew the blocks that have the most seams first, then measure those to find the size to cut your plain blocks. Solves all sorts of problems.
I love this idea.
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