Sunrise Baby Quilt: Piece Those Strips!
You have your fabric and you’ve cut your strips…. Now it’s time to stitch them together! And then cut them apart and reassembly the pieces.
You’ll be stitching your strips together using 1/4″-wide seam allowances. Bigger or smaller, and your pieces won’t go together quite as expected. Don’t stress! There’s a lot of wiggle room Erika’s Sunrise Baby Quilt. But if we were piecing blocks together, making those 1/4″ seams a little bigger or smaller could throw everything off kilter, and you’d have pieces that were too big or too small and wouldn’t fit together properly.
So how can you ensure that your seam allowances are exactly 1/4″ wide? The easiest way is with a quarter-inch foot, a straight stitch foot with a toe that measures exactly 1/4″ from the center needle position to the outer edge of the toe.
First, make sure the raw edges of the two pieces you’re stitching together are exactly even. Then place them under the presser foot, aligning them precisely with the outer edge of the foot. Not just inside, not just outside, not so just a smidge is showing – right at the edge and no further. The trick is to look at the front of the quarter-inch foot, where the fabric starts going underneath and you can still see the entire edge.
Another trick – which I use in conjunction the one above, is using the measurements etched into or marked on your stitch plate. The 1/4″ marks sometimes only show in front of and behind the feed dog slot, but you’ll find the ends at the front and back. Line your fabric up with these marks for perfect 1/4″-wide seam allowances.
One more tip: Use a new Microtex Sharp needle or a Quilting needle. “Sharp” doesn’t just mean it’s nice and pointy; it’s a special type of needle with a very sharp point that lets it stitch right through the yarns in the fabric rather than sliding to one side or the other. A Quilting needle a similar point, designed for going through multiple layers of fabric.
FYI: A Ballpoint needle has a rounded point that slides around the yarns of knit fabrics rather than going through them and possibly cutting them and creating runs or holes. A Universal needle – the one most folks use most of the time – is sort of an all-purpose, in-between type. It’s fine to use, but if you find your stitches aren’t as straight or precise as you’d like, try switching to a Sharp or Quilting needle.
Enough of the sewing lesson! Here are this week’s instructions:
Sunrise_Baby_Quilt_Sew-Along_Week_Two.pdf (1.9 MiB, 2,965 hits)
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