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From: MyGirlFriday
Date: 12-05-2004, 10:11 PM (1 of 4)
I recently purchased several pre-cut quilt tops to piece together. Since this is my first time to piece a quilt is it necessary to mark each piece with the 1/4 inch so that when I sew them together it is correct or can you just "eyeball" it??
I am starting out with a Nine Patch, and I was wanting to piece it by hand...
Any and all tips would be appreciated.

mgf :bluesmile
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User: MyGirlFriday
Member since: 12-05-2004
Total posts: 288
From: pucktricks
Date: 12-06-2004, 10:14 AM (2 of 4)
Last year for one of my first quilts I did the JOanne's quilt block of the month, which is also a precut quilt pieces. So, I can tell you from experience, that it is VERY IMPORTANT to mark that 1/4" seam allowance.

I was under the mistaken impression that my pressor foot was a 1/4" foot, well it's 3/8" and that is just enough off that I had the first few blocks that I did with all the pieces not matching up correctly. So, to answer:

YES, MARK THOSE 1/4" ALLOWANCES, you don't have the cloth to recut this if you make a mistake.

User: pucktricks
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 570
From: carman
Date: 12-06-2004, 12:36 PM (3 of 4)
all you need to do is mark your throat plate, not your material, that will save you hours of work, or if your needle moves over, move the needle till you have that perect scant 1/4.. i know on mine i move it one notch to the left for the scant or keep it where it is for a full 1/4 inch.

the best way to practice is to sew 3 1 1/2 inch strips together and the middle one will measure a perfect inch, and then practice practice practice. i know the other ladies on this board have many tricks to getting that 1/4 inch where it should be, because a thread here and there makes INCHES at the end of the quilt ( i know as that has happened to me, more than once :shock: lol
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: Chrysantha
Date: 12-06-2004, 01:32 PM (4 of 4)
I think a lot of us who quilt all the time have 1/4 inch feet for our machines. (they have a little black or silver guide on the side to keep the fabric against)
You can always use the old, measure and put some tape on the line, to guide you......quilting is something you CAN'T fudge at....
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
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