Wednesday, April 23, 2014

W.I.P. Wednesday Woes........

Working on my Bee Blocks and chasing the ever elusive perfect 1/4" seam! Does anyone else have this problem? Both blocks cut the same, sewn the same, same machine, same needle, same thread = 1/2" difference in overall block size? Yikes! All this adds up to the Work in Progress Wednesday Woes! :(
If anyone is looking for me, tell them I am the crazy lady pulling her hair out!
xo yall
jan
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced!

21 comments :

  1. The colors and fabrics are great.
    But the size... really frustrating.
    Good luck!!!

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  2. I really wish I could help but I'm afraid I'm a complete newbie when it comes to piecing, I just sew a scant 1/4 inch and hope for the best, usually by the time I've sat there all day and my back is killing me I have an aha! Moment, but by then I'm too tired and lazy to do them over ;) hugs for you Jan xox

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  3. Oh my...you are in a pickle! Your blocks are absolutely beautiful.

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  4. how frustrating, like you though my blocks do not always turn out right and I use a quarter inch foot, they look like all the points match perfectly think it is the gremlins, hopefully they will sew together okay as there is always a little give in the cotton fabric

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  5. I do love your fabric choices. Unfortunately or maybe fortunately because they are Bee blocks you need them to be a bit more consistent but at least you will get to keep one for yourself!

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  6. You are not alone - happens to me more times than I think about. Love your blocks, though!

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  7. I find my quarter inch foot is a little on the heavy side of a quarter. That means the more seams a block has, the greater the likelihood that it's going to come out smaller. I'm going to need to do some trimming in my current quilt, the leaf blocks are definitely smaller than the alternating snowball blocks. Good luck in your quest.

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  8. Beautiful blocks - we know you always have gorgeous blocks. If you didn't tell us the woes of the 1/4", we wouldn't know it.

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  9. I measure to make sure my quarter inch is accurate, cut carefully, sew carefully, and I still have problems.

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  10. I have a similar problem. I am currently sewing 2 1/2" strips together and then subcutting 2 1/2" to make four patches. Even though I've measured my quarter inch foot and found it to be accurate and even though I'm using a 70/10 needle, a 60 wt thread, pin my fabric strips together and stitch slowly, every now and then I still get some of my little patches that are slightly smaller than they should be. Fortunately the difference is small enough that it gets worked out in the seam allowances, but I'm confused why I should get those differences even though I've done what I can to ensure accurate piecing. Grrrr

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  11. How frustrating! Your blocks are really beautiful!

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  12. I love your fabric choices, gorgeous. I find that starching my fabric before cutting and sewing, helps keep everything the same size. I like Mary Ellen's Best Press, and it makes a huge difference if you are sewing anything on the bias.

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  13. I have actually found that the difference in fabrics can make it or break it. Depending on the heaviness of one as opposed to the thinnness of another. That little bit can do it. I found long ago it was better for me to cut half square and quarter square triangle blocks a bit bigger (I don't trust the 7/8" or 1-1/4" added--it's never right on) and trim each of those before sewing a nine patch (or whatever) together.

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  14. I love those fabrics and your blocks. I sometimes have that problem too with sizes, and it is so FrusTRating!! I recently discovered that I sometimes iron instead of press and am wondering if that might contribute to my size difference? They look wonderful though!

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  15. It is nice to know I am not the only one with this dilemma. I have 1/4 inch foot and everything but this does happen to me often. If you find out the problem, share!!! lol Great block though!

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  16. When you figure out this one please let me know:) It drives me crazy when my block should be 12.5" and comes out 12.25"!!! or 12"!!!! Especially when you are trying to be so precise. Sometimes I am not sure if its the pressing or the seam....

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  17. That is so odd! And frustrating! I feel your pain.

    The blocks do look fantastic, though!!

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  18. I measure each sub piece prior to putting them together and adjust in the seam allowance if necessary. That helps but it often still isn't perfect. A half inch is a lot though.

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  19. I think it is the pressing. I stopped doing that on my last project / just finger pressed as I went along...and had much better results

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  20. yes yes, the 1/4 inch seam eludes me as well. I'm getting better ... but long way from perfect. I even bought a 1/4 foot - and that will help I think once I used it some - there's actually a learning curve for using that! (at least for me there is!)

    I really do love that block!

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