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Thread: Sawtooth Star Block

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    I made this Sawtooth Star Block, and as beautiful as it is it falls short of the 12 1/2" in the directions. GRRR! This is the link I used to make the block. I really wanted it to be 12 1/2"!!! (My Bernina Activa does an accurate 1/4" seam allowance)

    http://delawarequilts.com/BOMs/Sawtooth/index.html
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    Very pretty.

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    Very nice colors!

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    I am not sure why it would fall short. The measurements are correct. Maybe with the pressing, you need a scant quarter inch seam. Sometime I will use 4" squares for the hst and square them to 3 1/2".

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    Very pretty block. I also have trouble with the size of my blocks. I am currently using a Bernina Aurora 440/QE but my blocks still are off a bit. I backed off the pressure on the presser foot and it helped some, not a lot. I think it is the nature of sewing two pieces together and ironing them. This does not lend itself to accurate block sizes just because of the fold when we iron the seams. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. LOL.

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    I love it!! Beauitful fabrics!

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    I pressed it really flat, and am stumped myself why it fell short. I am redoing another block to see if it will come out differently.

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    Your block is beautiful, love the colors.sew the next one a scant 1/4". That should make it right. All 1/4" feet are not precisely 1/4".

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    Well, the thread you use can effect the size and also...you want a scant quarter, not an exact quarter when piecing. One thing though, if you use the same setting for all of the blocks then everything will balance out in the end because they should all end up the same size.

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    I sew with 50 weight thread and usually use Mettler.

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    Very pretty block. Colors are beautiful together. Good luck with the rest of it.

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    I really love the colors in your fabrics. Were they purchased recently & what line?

    Quote Originally Posted by oneygirl
    I made this Sawtooth Star Block, and as beautiful as it is it falls short of the 12 1/2" in the directions. GRRR! This is the link I used to make the block. I really wanted it to be 12 1/2"!!! (My Bernina Activa does an accurate 1/4" seam allowance)

    http://delawarequilts.com/BOMs/Sawtooth/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I am not sure why it would fall short. The measurements are correct. Maybe with the pressing, you need a scant quarter inch seam. Sometime I will use 4" squares for the hst and square them to 3 1/2".
    This is my suggestion as well. If you work from 4" squares you probably will have to square and resize your HST blocks but you should have them working out better.

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    what is HST?

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    Aviary fabric (moda)

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    HST is the half square triangle.

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    Oh well thank you! I am not up to speed on abbreviations!

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    Ohhh that is just delicious. Sorry it's not quite the size you wanted - I hate when that happens! It is so lovely though.

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    How far off is it? I'm wondering if they meant "scant" 1/4", my only thought. Very pretty though.

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    Did you pre-wash the fabric? I'm wondering if the heat from the iron is shrinking it a bit.

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    No I didn't prewash the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneygirl
    No I didn't prewash the fabric.
    I prewash every fabric I sew with and I still have this problem also. I am going to do a test block tomorrow making it 1/8th bigger all around to allow for the fabric taken up by the pressed seam. Maybe this will work. Probably not, but I am going to try anyway.

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    How much short of 12 1/2 is it exactly?

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    Beautiful block!

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    Sew 3 strips of fabric 1.5 inch wide, press and measure the centre strip.
    It should be 1". If not, adjust your needle position slightly to the left or
    to the right until you get the 1". Every fabric is different and needs to
    be tested. Same if you use a different thread.

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