Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Growing with Sewing #4 - Enlarging my Blocks


Because the quilt I’m making is for a queen size bed, I started out with loads of new fat quarters.  They are supposed to measure 18” x 22”.  I was being very careful with my seams, but many of the blocks turned out to be too small for the required finished 16" x 16" block.  Not by much - just one side of another wasn’t straight.   

Oh dear!  Has this happened to you before?



I decided not to fret and just added more fabric to the blocks that needed it. 
This IS a crazy quilt, right? 




I just finished cutting my 18” x 18” squares for the backing and the batting.  Marguerita McManus, my virtual teacher, says the most important thing in preparing squares is to make sure they are all smooth before pinning and sewing them together.  She (and her daughter) even give directions on doing this.  Thanks, Marguerita.

Linking to Fabric Tuesday

9 comments:

Memories for Life said...

Looking good! You're making so much progress already!

Linda Blatchford said...

Look at how much is done. I don't mind a little crooked.

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Kathleen said...

Sounds like you are having fun with your class! Crazy quilts are so neat. Anything goes!

Abby / Linda said...

Yes, this has happened tome! Crazy quilt blocks are pretty easy to fix, just like you are doing with a little more fabric. Good luck!

Splendid Little Stars said...

It will make it more interesting and unique!

pasqueflower said...

Happens all the time! When there are block exchanges at my local quilt guild, there are always some that are too big and some that are too small. 1/4" seam allowances vary -- and the more seams in a block, the bigger the variances become. Your blocks look great!!

Renee said...

oh, yes I've had that happen many times! Very frustrating. Try using a smaller seam allowance (a scant 1/4").

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I guess if it's a crazy quilt you do most anything!!

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