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    I’m new to quilting can someone help me please, I thought it would be a good idea to make my son a quilt for when he gets his first house, you know something unique and original. Anyway I am just at the piecing stage, I can manage to make the blocks and the ‘seams’ line up ok but none of the blocks are exactly the same size, is this usual? Do you have to trim all the blocks to the same size before piecing the together or have I just not joined the piece together to make the blocks accurately enough? I thought I had carefully measured all the seams to ¼ of an inch.

  • #2
    Hi there

    I am still learning about quilting myself, maybe you would like to check out my blog.

    I would have thought that you would just trim up the blocks to the required size. Read in the instructions because sometimes they say make up the block and them trim it to size. I find it very hard to be 100 % accurate no matter how careful I am. If they are only a tiny bit out it may be possible to jiggle them when you sew them up. None of this is probably of any real help and I am certainly no expert, but it is what I would do in the circumstances.

    regards Dody xx


    • #3
      I did City and Guilds p/work and quilting once upon a time so I should be able to tell you but....

      ...what would be OK to fudge something for yourself I wouldn't want to offer as cast iron advice to someone else!! If it was me doing it I would agree with pink cupcake, trim all the blocks to the same size.

      Accuracy to this degree is what always let me down on the course. It's amazing how pieces of fabric can change shape and size so much while you aren't looking . I still have trouble now - even with a special 1/4" foot for my sewing machine.

      If you are seriously going into quilting in a big way I would recommend getting one of these feet. I'm sure you must be able to get them for most makes of sewing machine (mine's a Janome).[email protected]/


      • #4


        Thanks for both your responses, I'm glad it's not just me that seems to have fabric with a mind of it's own.

        I am serious about mastering quilting so I will have a look at quilting feet for my machine.

        I would join a quilting class but it's difficult working full time. Perhaps I will see if there are any on line classes that are not too expensive.



        • #5
          If you do find any online classes then let me know as I might be very interested!!
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          • #6
            I don't do quilting as such only country craft sewing, but I used to be a professional curtain & blind maker so maybe I can throw an idea in the mix - it might not be suitable for quilts but possibly worth a go on some spare fabric.

            Instead of cutting your blocks to the exact size + 1/4" seam allowance, why not cut it to the exact size + 1/2" seam allowance, then pin together using pins placed at right angles to the edges. Putting pins this way allows you to sew over the pins & the fabric doesn't move. Take out the pins after sewing & trim back the seam allowance to 1/4"

            Hope this helps a bit - I'd like to know how you get on with this problem as I might get into quilting later on myself

            Good luck!