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Old 12-08-2015, 02:04 PM
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I don't typical work with precut 2.5" strips but I bought this patriotic package from a major manufacturer and they are NOT 2.5" from tip to tip of their tiny pinked edges. They are about 1/16" too narrow. I am doing something like a quarter log cabin that are then sewn together so the seams need to match. The only thing I can think of is to cut numerous lightweight fusible strip to add the needed 1/16", but that is going to take so much time. I am also using some of my fabric that I have cut to use in this charity quilt (homeless vets). Any suggestions will be very much appreciated.

PS. I did complete a quilt top for ME using Hoffman 2.5" strips and had absolutely no problems.
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How are you measuring the strips? Typically, for pinked edges, you line up the tips with your other fabric for the seam. If the strips are indeed 1/16" too narrow, then you simply place the pinked edge a smidge (1/32") from the edge of the other fabric. You need only 1/32" because you will also be seaming the other side and 2/32" = 1/16".

Edit: The above assumes you are sewing a pinked edge to a straight edge fabric. Since you are pulling from stash, this might be a good option for you. Even if you are sewing two pinked strips together, I don't think making the seam 1/32" smaller will hurt. It does require attention while piecing, though.

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Old 12-08-2015, 04:07 PM
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This was posted a while back.
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Old 12-08-2015, 04:57 PM
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I remember seeing your design for this quilt and it was beautiful. This may not be a helpful suggestion, but I am thinking since this is a charity quilt and short of time, I wonder if you might regroup and change the pattern to something more adjustable like a rail fence or nine patches for the strips. If they sew up a little narrow you can adjust the size of your crosscut square accordingly and just "gett'er done!". I hate precuts too! When I saw your design I thought you must have had a nice stash of patriotic prints---something I hardly ever have but often wish I did!!
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I'd use them on something where the width being a bit smaller wouldn't matter, like Jeanne suggested. Pretty as they look all packaged up I try to resist precuts because I like to prewash due to allergies. This just adds to my reasons to try to resist temptation!
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Thank you, Easy Peezy, I hadn't seen that. Good advice, if we can do it.
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Old 12-08-2015, 07:20 PM
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Ezey Pezey, that was great!
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:12 PM
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Here's an easy way to deal with this issue:

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Old 12-09-2015, 04:28 AM
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thank you EP for posting that little advice page... it may come in handy at some point in my sewing adventure.
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Old 12-09-2015, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
This was posted a while back.
This is the way I deal with irregularly cut strips and squares-even the ones I don't cut right.
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