While a lot of quilts can be made without using an accurate 1/4″ seam, if you are following a pattern, best results come with accurate seams. Today I’m sharing a good method for finding accuracy for you and your machine!
My best example of a inaccurate 1/4″ seam is this block -
I love this block, but that tiny white strip was not in my original plans. I did all the math, worked out all the details for a perfect 12 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ block, just before adding the last row – I measured. Thank goodness! I then calculated the needed piece, added it, and vowed to get my 1/4″ seam accurate!
Here’s what I’ve learned, and how you can achieve an accurate 1/4″ seam.
These are the sewing machine feet I’m using, a 1/4″ foot, and a standard foot with a wide … Read More »
All the patterns say “Square Your Fabric” but what does it mean!? Often when it has been cut in a shop, it comes to you less than straight, and before you can easily use your rotary cutter you need to get a straight edge to work with!
This piece had some extra funky folds in it, looked like they had been on the bolt that way too – makes it a great example!1. Press your fabric. I like to use lots of spray starch, any old spray starch I can find on sale.2. Fold your fabric, selvage to selvage. In the picture above there is a bubble in the fold at the bottom. 3. Adjust your selvage edges until the fold lays flat. Use your fingers to scoot them one way or the other until it is … Read More »
In our discussion last week tutorials about some of the basics were suggested. And after yesterday’s post this seemed like the perfect place to start! I don’t remember learning this, I’m guessing it was learned as girl and has been ingrained since. (I learned to sew garments at 10)
On the wrong side of fabric, place the long end of your seam ripper under a stitch.Cut the thread on every 2nd or 3rd stitch, on one side only.Turn over and gently tug on the thread with your fingers, not the seam ripper.All of your stitches should release, if not turn over and find the problem child, and cut. Continue on and clean up the little bits of thread.Clean seam, with no tugging on your fabrics!Same goes for a zig-zag stitch too. Run your seam ripper … Read More »
I’m so excited to share my Stocking Tutorial with you! Thanks for all your sweet compliments the other day – my family is excited to have special stockings made by mom!There are a lot of little steps, but they are so fun to put together! I hope that you have a go at it. I used a total of 12 fat quarters (2 per stocking) and a scraps for the stars. I used 1/4″ seams for the star construction, and 3/8″ for the general construction of the stocking.
1. Trace a stocking or find a pattern. (Google stocking pattern if you need a pattern) I used this little one as a starting point, I didn’t want them too big, as we usually just put candy in our stockings. Mine measures 6 1/2″ across the top, … Read More »
Before we get started – today’s my birthday! I’m 32 years young, and I bought my own present! Any guesses?? Don’t think to hard :)
This is what we are making to celebrate my day!
Simple and easily personalized for anyone on your gift list, but don’t forget to make one for yourself too! To start gather your materials -
I used two fat quarters and a bit of white for the lining, (you could use a third fat quarter) batting and interfacing. For notions you will need your pins, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter, iron/ironing board, and a fresh needle in the sewing machine.
Get everything cut in the beginning then it goes together pretty quickly.
From your exterior fabric cut – 12 x 18″ 2 – 4 x 14″ 1 – 1.5 x 18″
Interior fabric cut – 2 – 11.25 x 10″ … Read More »
My wallet tutorial was added to the CraftGossip blog today!!! As soon as I realized I tried to go and update the post . . . I didn’t keep the pictures on my computer from that tute :( Oh well – I’m really blessed to be noticed in this big blogland!
Thanks for all the love for the mitered corners tutorial! I’m glad so many of you have found it helpful, and I encourage you to give it a try. Once you’ve done it, you will be a pro — I promise!
Start with a small mitered corner application to gain confidence in making excellent mitered corners every time!
To start gather notions and fabric scraps to practice :
My square measures 8 1/2 inches, and the 4 strips are 1 1/2 x 12 inches. Take special note here: when making mitered corners your strip length needs to be much longer than your square, the wider your strip, the more length you need. I don’t have a formula here, but when in doubt make it longer :) When I was doing this the first time on my tree skirt, I ended up making my first round of border half the width to accommodate the miter — it wasn’t long enough for the width.
On with the instructions:
pin your strips, center on your square, on opposite sides
Sew with 1/4″ seam — I don’t reinforce my seams … Read More »
I wanted to have a record of the ironing/pressing poll I did a few weeks back, I was about to just delete it but thought it was good information to keep! The post with comments is here :)
Personally, I’m still torn – I like how flat the block is when I press my seams open, but there are times when the bit of bulk adds dimension to the blocks. So for now I’m just going to decide as I go!
There’s a few applications where I will always press flat: triangles, working on mitered corners, binding strips, and anywhere with lots of seams meeting up. Oh, Fransson – had a post about ironing recently, apparently someone had the gall to tell her she was doing it wrong! I never did ask, why do you … Read More »
This block has been a growing experience for me! After seeing all the blocks the past couple of weeks I felt stuck. Amy really wanted wonky, and no 90 degree angles, with a appliqued birdie. I’m still working on breaking out my box – this was a great push!
In the end I thought of a bird, through a window – here’s my translation :I’m pleased with how it turned out. Hope you do too, Amy!
Hope you are well ~ Amy
I’m venturing into new territory today! A tutorial- just for you. . . assuming you want a new wallet of course. :) I have found mine to be a great size for putting in my pocket real quick as I run out the door to take Ella to school, or the to the grocery store. Great for those that don’t care to carry a purse, or would rather not carry an extra 5 pounds of wallet! These pictures are full page size, so if you would like to, click on the page and print out. Close instructions make sewing simpler! Have fun and let me know if you make one, or have any trouble with my directions.
Instructions without pictures:With a little time and some beautiful fabric you can create a new quilted wallet … Read More »