Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Oh No...not a Quarter Inch Seam!!

Well, those of you who know me know I'm not much into accuracy. I hate sewing quarter inch seams. Even with my 1/4" seam foot I get them wrong. Using Bali Pops that are not an accurate 2 1/2 inch didn't help with my daughters quilt. But, I fixed them and used 1/8" seams. Well that will probably come back to bite me.. But, I had no choice.
A good friend of mine Chris Kirsch showed me a way to mark my machine's quarter inch accurately. And so that if I started a project on one machine I could accurately mark the other machine so they both will jive. This is how you do it.
Using a lined notecard you place it under your machine and put your needle into the first line from the bottom.
Putting a piece of tape right along the edge of the card. This will mark my quarter inch. I can take that card and accurately mark my other machine. So they with both be the same 1/4".
When I used my 1/4" foot my seam allowances were always to big.
So do you want to know why I needed this accurate seam allowance.
I found a pattern by Mark Lipinski in the Love of Quilting magazine called Curvy. And yes it really needs to be accurate. I cut out all the fabrics, I decided to use Marcia Derse and a white on white zig zag fabric that I fell in love with as soon as it came in at Patched Works. Knowing how bad I am at piecing I decided to take on this challenge. So I started it today. I have made one block just to see if I was accurate. I found it was ok. Maybe just a few seams were a bit larger than 1/4". So I took them apart and resewed. I think I am getting the hang of it. Sooooo then next challenge is the curved piecing. Again if you know me I never use pins. Well, in this case I am. I love this quilt so much I am willing to give up my throw to the wind attitude and make it right. So far it is going pretty well.
Here is the block before it is cut into a rectangle. And then after I trimmed it. It is a little short by 1/8"or less in 2 places. So I will make a note of that and continue on my journey making all the strips, Cutting out the curves and piecing them. This quilt might take me awhile since I am trying so hard to make it right. Wish me luck on this journey.
To see more of Chris Kirsch's tips visit her blog http://chrisquilts.net/blog/ You will be glad you did!!
PS.. don't ask me where my Tula Blocks are... I gave them up... they are incredibly hard for me to piece since the block pieces are so very small.. Maybe after I master this I will go back and try and make some more of the Tula Blocks.


  1. Just found your blog! Great eye candy!! I'm going to the Quilt Expo in September and I'm taking a class with Chris Kirsch!! I just saw a link to her blog. I live in Indiana but my brother lives in Madison so I decided to come up and I'm taking 5 classes!! Very excited!!

    1. Thank you.. Ill be at Quilt Expo too.. Only giving 2 lectures this year but, it's always fun.. Chris and I always room together.. She is one of my best friends!! See you there!!