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    I'm getting discouraged! I have been working on the border of the quilt below. Yes, it's the same baby clothes quilt I started ages ago. I had to get more clothing from the little girl's mother for border fabric (the "main" border will be scrappy/piano key.) This meant a lot of stabilizing of the knit fabric!! So, slow going.

    So, here is my problem. I made a foundation strip of muslin for the border. I have my "piano keys" cut. My main issue is that when sewing my pieces onto the muslin strip, I can't see the guides that keep my stitching straight! So, there has been quite a bit of ripping. I guess maybe I should get a ruler and mark EVERY strip back at 1/4"? I suppose that's what I should do until I can sew straight, but ugh...

    I guess I just needed to vent frustrations!

    Also frustrated that my trusty seam ripper is missing!! Now I know it to be my most used tool. Fortunately I have some tiny, very sharp scissors, but I hope the ripper turns up! I may have to make it into a necklace! Lol.
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    Instead of using the machine bed for your guiding line, how about marking your presser foot for 1/4" seam? Line up that mark with the edges of your strips when you sew. That would keep your sewing lines straight.

    p.s. That is a beautiful quilt top!

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    You can take a stack of Post-it notes and stick them to your machine bed so that when the fabric is under your presser foot, it will lay at precisely 1/4". Your fabric feeds right next to the Post-it notes and they keep you feeding in a straight line.

    I used to do this a lot. I think a little pile of about 20 post-its works fine.

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    Would it be easier to do the border without a foundation? I recently did a top with a piano key type border and I just sewed the pieces together.

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    I cannot figure out why you can't sew 1/4" seam on the foundation. I need a picture. That's just how my brain works. LOL. I know someone here has the solution for you.

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    The only reason I can think of is if her marker for 1/4" seams is on her machine bed. Because then it would be covered up by the foundation.

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    Have you throught about getting 1/4 foot for your machine. They work great. they have them for most machine

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    I recently did a piano key border with out a foundation. After you finish sew around the whole quilt about an eighth to a fourth of an inch in. This will keep all the seams from coming apart as you handle the quilt top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollymct
    I'm getting discouraged! I have been working on the border of the quilt below. Yes, it's the same baby clothes quilt I started ages ago. I had to get more clothing from the little girl's mother for border fabric (the "main" border will be scrappy/piano key.) This meant a lot of stabilizing of the knit fabric!! So, slow going.

    So, here is my problem. I made a foundation strip of muslin for the border. I have my "piano keys" cut. My main issue is that when sewing my pieces onto the muslin strip, I can't see the guides that keep my stitching straight! So, there has been quite a bit of ripping. I guess maybe I should get a ruler and mark EVERY strip back at 1/4"? I suppose that's what I should do until I can sew straight, but ugh...

    I guess I just needed to vent frustrations!

    Also frustrated that my trusty seam ripper is missing!! Now I know it to be my most used tool. Fortunately I have some tiny, very sharp scissors, but I hope the ripper turns up! I may have to make it into a necklace! Lol.
    That is so Beautiful and very cute!!! :mrgreen: :XD: :thumbup:

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    I haven't pieced without a 1/4" since I started quilting. I guess I forgot about looking at the faceplate markings.

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    I am going to look for a 1/4 foot! Yes, Gale is right...the fabric strip covers up the plate whichever way I turn it. And I discovered the hard way that I need the foundation strip! I did try sewing the first pieces together and the result was...not good. Rip!! So, the muslin strip helps though it's in the way! I think these fabrics, being knit, and even though they are stabilized are stretchier than starched cotton.

    I don't want to ever touch knit fabric again after this quilt!!

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    This will be an adorable quilt when you get it finished even with the problems you've had!

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    Ah knit fabric. That explains a lot. I think if I made one with knits (which I will be-ds wants a tshirt quilt for his bed) I would use a lightweight fusible interfacing on the back.

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    If your keys are cut to size, and you have the first one on, it shouldn't be hard to sew the next one down. Just line the edge up and use a consistent seam allowance. It doesn't need to be perfect. Nobody will measure if the keys are identical.

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    sounds like you could use the arm that fits into a walking foot to enable you to space your seams evenly...do you have one of those? it's a weird looking "L" shaped piece of metal that fits in to the back of the walking foot and slides side to side to set the distance from the previous seam.

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    Thanks, everyone. Yes, Gale, every little piece has fusible interfacing--another fun step!!

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    You have done a wonderful job!!! Its going to be worth all the trouble its been.

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    In spite of all the problems this quilt has given you it is sure cute. I can't wait to see it with the borders.

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    Thank you! I was fussing, but I'm enjoying it!

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