Need help with sewing your quilt block?
Here are 3 important steps for getting your block to turn out the right size.
- Measuring and cutting using your fabric using rulers
- Sewing 1/4 inch or scant 1/4 inch seam
- Pressing your seams with dry iron
Measuring and cutting fabric accurately
Use a quilt ruler and cutting mat to measure your fabric. When you have checked your measurement at least twice then cut your fabric with a sharp rotary cutter.
Have you learnt how to use a rotary cutter, cutting mat and quilting ruler? If you are new to quilting and haven’t learnt yet it is well worth learning this important skill!
Accurately sewing a 1/4 inch or scant 1/4 inch seam.
Sewing a 1/4 inch seam or a scant 1/4 inch seams important for your block to turn out the right size. I explain how to do this in a previous blog. If you are sewing a 1/4 inch seam and your block is still turning out too big then try sewing a scant 1/4 inch seam. For the scant 1/4 inch seam you need tome the needle position to the right 1 or 2 needle positions. This adjustment will give you a slightly narrower (scant) 1/4 inch seam.
Pressing your seam with a dry iron
When pressing your seams use the dry iron setting, but don’t use steam! Steam can stretch and distort your seams.
So the secret to your quilt blocks turning out just right size is good measuring, cutting, sewing an accurate 1/4 inch seam and pressing with a dry iron.
So follow these 4 tips and I’m sure your quilt blocks will turn out just right!
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