Back to the grind

English: Commonly available single-fold bias t...

I finally had a chance to get back to my bias tape experiments today.  I went and bought 2 packs.  1 single fold bias tape in white and 1 double fold bias tape in brown.  I figured I could use the 2 colours easily enough.  I am still practicing on my bib from here.  First I did the double fold bias tape.  I did this the lazy way, without unfolding it, and just slipped it over the unfinished edges.   I was not careful enough and did miss catching some of it on the back.  I then used the single fold. So this one you open up and sew in the crease then fold over your edge and sew again. It was not too bad for my first time but I definitely need to practice.  In the end, for me, buying the premade stuff is way easier.  Unless I want bias tape in a specific fabric then I will be going with store bought (and it is cheap too).

Next up, round 2 of the quilting bee that I am a part of.  The quilting bee is 6 ladies from Buzzle.  Each round we are told what type of blocks to make (we make 2 and have 2 months to finish), what colours to use, what size to make it….I should mention that as I am new to sewing then it makes sense I am brand new to quilting.  Actually quite clueless but it is a great bunch of ladies that are happy to help a newbie out.  That and You Tube Smile  So round 1 was a log cabin “I Spy” block.  I was just looking at these blocks on Craftsy and asked if it was ok to make the blocks wonky.  It was, so I did.  For my very first attempt at quilt blocks I thought they were not bad.

QB wonkyQB block

Today I just finished my blocks for round 2.  The person wants to do a disappearing nine patch quilt so the requirements were squares 4”, grey, white, black, yellow and greens, no repeats in a block but 2 blocks can have the same fabrics and final size is to be 11.5×11.5.  So I measured and cut all my fabric to 4” squares and sewed everything together using a 1/4” seam.  I thought they were looking pretty good until I measured them and they are both 11.25” instead of 11.5”.  Now having zero experience at all I have no idea what I did wrong (I learned that you have to be quite precise in quilting).  I do know that I will be picking up a 1/4” presser foot in the very near future.  In the meantime, if anyone has any tips or advice, I would love to hear it.

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2 Responses to “Back to the grind”
  1. Erin says:

    Have you physically measured your seams? i.e. from the thread to the edge?
    With my new machine, I was using a 1/4″ presser foot and couldn’t figure out why I was out every time – then I checked my needle position and the needle wasn’t centered and automatically off-centers every time you turn it on. So, I have to move it over 2 bumps to get it to sit at 1/4″.
    Try that!

  2. I sewed the first row and measured and it was 1/4″ so I stopped measuring. I found an explanation on the Diary of a Quilter blog that says the needle should be in the right position. Mine was in the center so I will try again with it in the right. I guess that is the same thing you were talking about. I think I will use these blocks for something else and just start over.

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