Monday, 7 February 2011

Hard at it …

Six more rows completed over the weekend.  I’ve started checking each block before I start sewing now, that way I can fix any problems there and then.  Some of my earlier blocks weren’t very accurate and ended up being about 1/8” or so too large or too small.  Too large isn’t a problem, just trim it off, but too small makes it a bit more difficult to get an accurate 1/4'” seam.  I tried adding a strip of fabric but this made it too bulky, so I came up with the idea of using lightweight iron-on Vilene (interfacing) and ironed on a thin strip then trimmed the block to the correct size.  It has worked very well.

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I’ve been cutting my sashing down the length of a piece of fabric, next time instead of trying to cut 1” wide strips of fabric, I would cut the strips about 1/2” wider, sew one side of the strip on to a row of blocks and then trim it back to the correct width.

There are 3 rows left to complete and then I can start on the triangles, so it is looking good for this part to be finished by the end of February.

3 comments:

  1. Excellent solutions and very fast progress, dear Pip. At this rate you will be pondering on quilting stitch patterns for your lovely "kind of blue" Dear Jane well before Autumn.

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  2. Ahhhh, those darn 1/4" seams....I have always had a problem with that. I truly do love watching your progress. Your blocks are lovely and I really like the sashing. Awesome Pip!

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