Hello Friends, I hope you had a great start to your week! We had snow over the weekend, and of course snow days followed!
Last Tuesday we left off our 2-cent Tuesday with me making HST units larger, pressing the seams open and then trim to size. It is VERY important that your HST units remain perfectly square during the process of pressing and trimming.
[But please allow me to remind all of us that we are all of different, and what bothers us as a quilter might not be a big deal for another quilter.]
Because I want to keep my HST units (or any block units for that matter) as perfectly square as possible, I actually almost never use steam in my block construction process, because I have found in my experience that steam distorts the square-ness of my block units.
Dry iron aside, I have also found the following to affect the accuracy in my piecing as well:
#1. When I cut up fabrics into pieces, I make sure the pieces are cut accurately. I have found that sometimes inaccuracies happen when rulers of different brands are used in cutting pieces that go into the same block. So I try to use rulers of only one brand to keep the consistency. This is where personal preferences come into play where he ever so slightly minute inconsistencies might not bother another quilter. Eliminating inconsistencies to ensure accuracy was a big part of what I did as an engineer in my former life. So I think that has definitely carried into the quilting world for me.
#2. Of course cut pieces are only part of the equation in making a quilt block happen. I always check my unit measurements after the pieces sewn together, pressed etc to make sure I get the correct unfinished sizes. If the unfinished sizes don’t come out right, then, I will tweak adjustments like needle position etc to achieve the correct unfinished size.
The following pictures show how the points come out in one of my recent finishes, without any special treatments from me other than: correctly cut block pieces, correct seam allowances and a dry iron.
And I don’t ever really have to square up my blocks after my blocks are constructed. However, it would be remiss of me to not show you the a point that didn’t come out quite to my satisfaction. I inspected the entire quilt of 83″ square, and found about 3 spots where the points didn’t come out just right for me. And that’s when I deliberated if I could live with those not so perfect points. In the end, I decided I could….
That’s all I can offer for my 2 cents today! It’s your turn to share yours. Happy Quilting, My Friends!
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