2-Cent Tuesday

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The format for today’s 2-Cent Tuesday will be a little different. I am actually going to answer questions posed by followers, and to respond with my 2 cents!! So without further ado, let’s get right into the questions.

#1. Question from Karen Knorr

Thank you for this two-cent tip. My problem is the wavy quilt after it is bound. This has happened to me twice recently. These quilts were quilted fairly heavily but evenly,throughout the quilt. The wavy happened during the quilting process. I suppose I could have measured the binding using interior measurements, but I didn’t know it was going to be wavy when I sewed the binding on.     I steamed and steamed the wavy binding on the less wavy quilt but it only helped a very little.    What do you do with wavy finished quilts?Karen K

So here are my 2-cents:

If the wavy situation happens during the quilting process (which happens often when a quilt is heavily quilted), it is advisable to square up before the quilt is bound. The way I do it is, I would lay my quilt on a floor. Then I spritz it lightly before smoothing out the quilt. Sometimes I even have to tug a certain corner of the quilt to make the quilt come out square. Sometimes quilters would pull and tug until the diagonal measurements of the quilt match up. I haven’t had to do that myself. Then, I let my quilt air dry before I trim and square up, and bind the quilt.

If I were you — I would un-sew the binding, and then, square up the quilt before binding again. It’s a pain, especially when you feel like your quilt is completed. But if it’s a quilt on which you have spent much time and $, it’s probably worth the extra effort.

#2. Questions from Kathy Robinson

Hello Wendy. I have two questions. I was wondering about the difficulty of the Spools Pattern you used for the Bird Song quilt you made. It is so pretty.
I also wonder if you have a favorite type of ruler that you use. (Brand)? I have a mixture, since I bought a few when I started quilting some time ago, and then have heard here and there that this brand is the best, and this brand is the best and it is confusing. I did get one new ruler and many people like this particular brand, but made some cutting mistakes, because I got confused by the way they marked the measurements. I do know that I like the Non slip features on some of them. Kathy Robinson

You may purchase the pattern HERE.

So here are my 2 cents:

a. Difficulty with the Spools pattern is only difficult if you aren’t used to dealing with small pieces for the scissors handle. HOWEVER, sewing small pieces is no different from sewing large pieces. What I have found to be helpful is to NEVER use steam when working with small pieces. I always finger press the pieces until I complete a subunit. Then, I use a hot DRY iron to press down just to set the unit.

One thing that I did when I made my blocks was to set the seam allowance of the scissors handles going the opposite directions. That helped nesting the units nicely when the handle units were sewn together

As for my favorite rulers, my favorite sizes are 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and 6″ x 9″. I actually wouldn’t mind a 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″, but I don’t have one. I personally don’t like my rulers having too many lines. So my favorite rulers only have the basic simple lines and divisions. They are by Omnigrid. I have had them for a long time, and the markings are starting to rub off. I am due for an upgrade, but I just haven’t done it yet. I have used a few Creative Grid as well as QuiltCut rulers, and they feel really well made. I definitely like them well enough to consider them when I change out my rulers. [Side note: QuiltCut rulers are quite affordable as well.]

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I hope that answers your questions. Please do not hesitate to leave in the comment section if you have any questions. I am always happy to help when I can.

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All my sewalongs will converge within a span of 4 days starting from this Sunday! You may click HERE to read about where to access the information.

7/31 — #norfolksampler2022 Check-in #7

8/1 — #puzzleSAL Check-in #1

8/3 — #pumppleSAL Check-in #1

8/4 — #strawberryQAL — hosted by Pat Sloan, but I need to make sure my homework is done. :-)

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And that’s all for today! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

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4 thoughts on “2-Cent Tuesday

  1. wavy quilts. so far I have not experienced that shocking result!
    Rulers. Yes, all of those lines and measurements. I love easy rulers.
    You brought up the use of “blue tape” in the past.
    Sometimes….. I use a piece of blue tape, It does not need to be super long. Just put bits (you can cut neat lines on your cutting board with your (cutter with the “crummy blade”) to make 1/16 strips, short, about i/2 inch and line the edges of your cutting line on your ruler
    I greatly dislike cutting the wrong width. check and check again.
    it is a common error.

  2. I see you have an opening for a SAL on August 2nd. Is that when you are creating a another incredible cover worthy quilt? You are AMAZING!!!

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