Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Well, you all gave me wonderful tips on borders so I thought I'd ask your opinion about blocks. I've attached a picture and the pattern is 6 1/2 block kit (got pattern from Quilt for Kids). So, as usual, anything I do never comes out right. The 4 patch block are made from 31/2 squares - and then I will fussie cut out of the fabric on the right for the solid blocks. Wouldn't you just know those little patch blocks are all off in one way or the other. I would think they should finish at 6 1/4" sq. - but nooo - they are 6 1/2 in some areas, and different sizes along the way. Question is do I square them all down to the same size, 6 1/4, before adding the solid squares? Is quilting really fun - I have yet to decide.
Thanks in advance for the wonderful advice I bet I receive - because I sure need it. :)
Rogue -I press as you suggested, and once done, I give the block a spritz of Best Press, and just set the iron down in different areas. I think I have to be more careful in choosing fabric. The stripe is a little heavier than the yellow block fabric - do you think that would create the distortion? And as always, I appreciate your input and help.
No apology needed, Rogue. I'm just wondering if my machine feeds incorrectly - never thought of that before - I am so careful cutting and sewing, that I just don't understand the problem. The first quilts I made I did so with my old Viking, before I got the Janome and I sure don't remember having this problem, but I seem to have it with everything I try to piece. Hmmm
hi, I'm on my 3rd phaff in 40 years(Iwear out the circut boards.) I have used the 1/4 foot on the straight stitching plate and on the regular plate which I can zig-zag on. I have found if something is uneven I pressed it wrong and stretched any thing that is a bias.
Whats driving me nuts,is I paid for a new circut board last summer,every thing worked. while in Ore. had to take it to a shop. they fixed my plug but now I'v lost the message "thread Low."mary Jeane
Marcia, adorable fabric. The quilt will be wonderful.
Thanks Vicki - it is Old Macdonald from Northcot fabrics- I just love it for little baby boy quilts, but very difficult to find now.