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Date: 10/23/13 9:56 AM

I am just starting to learn to sew quilt tops, and have not yet tried to quilt, but am going to start. I was not sure if anyone has tried this free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop or not, but I had a question. You are to purchase a Jelly roll to make. The Jelly Roll is 2-1/2" X 44" strips. You are to sew 6 strips together so you have a large piece of fabric that you are to cut into 6-1/2" strips, then you take the strips and group differently to make a square that is to be 12-1/2" X 12-1/2". I did this entire process and was very careful to sew only the 1/4" seam and press. My square ended up being 13-3/4 X 12-1/2". What did I do wrong? I did the math and I am not sure how they got to the 12-1/2" X 12-1/2" square when you have 6 times 2-1/2 less the 1-1/4" seam allowance between the rows, and it comes out 13-3/4". What am I doing that is so wrong???? I hope this link works Free Jell Roll Jam Quilt Pattern

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Date: 10/23/13 10:38 AM

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I did the math and I am not sure how they got to the 12-1/2" X 12-1/2" square when you have 6 times 2-1/2 less the 1-1/4" seam allowance between the rows, and it comes out 13-3/4".

6 * 2.5 - (5 * 0.5)= 12.5

You lose a half inch at each seam for a total of 2.5 inches, not 1.25

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Date: 10/23/13 10:43 AM

When you sew your strips together, press them flat and measure. So two 2.5 inch strips together, pressed flat should be 4.5 inches total, three strips should be 6.5 inches. If it's not, something is not accurate. It may be that the strips are not exactly 2.5 inches.

The easier way to get perfect squares for a quilt like this is to sew the strips in sets of 3, press them and measure the width. Whatever that width is, use that measurement to cut the lengths. So as long as they are cut consistent and you are sewing consistent you end up with perfect squares that will fit together at whatever the measurement is.

Edited to avoid sounding like I was saying to press the seams open...

-- Edited on 10/23/13 10:44 AM --

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Date: 10/23/13 10:59 AM

Or, as I had to work it...

Two 6.5" pieces, less 1/4" on one side of each = 12.5".

Six 2.5" pieces, less 1/4":

-on one side each of the top and bottom pieces (one seam each)= 4.50"

-on both sides of 4 pieces = 8.0"

Total = 12.5".

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Date: 10/23/13 11:00 AM

I have made this quilt and it was super easy. I used 2 jelly rolls and made 2 quilts that I sewed together to make it about 72" long. Then I put borders on it.

It was super easy to make.

The blocks do come out 12 1/2" and you cut them 6 1/2" then when sewn together they measure 12 1/2".

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Date: 10/23/13 11:31 AM

could my strips not be cut exact causing this problem? I purchased them from JoAnn's in a jelly roll, but I did notice two colors seemed to be a little larger of a cut. but my lines matched exact when I put the two strips together. So suggestions? Should I tear all my strips apart re-measure and start al over again, or should I trim the blocks to be the 12-1/2" but then it will throw everything off..

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Date: 10/23/13 11:33 AM

Oh yea.....I you are right, but my strips are still off. I can't understand why??

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Date: 10/23/13 11:34 AM

I will do this in my next attempt, but for now I have these strips/squares that are not really squares. I am debating what to do, rip apart and start all over again, or is there a way to make is work and look nice?

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Date: 10/23/13 11:36 AM

I thought it seemed easy too, but I screwed it up somehow without even knowing to the end. I guess I need to measurer more....any way how to fix???? Also since you made this previously how did you quilt it? Did you do machine quilting? I am going to start that process too....This is all new to me. I sew garments, purses and such, but never quilted.

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Date: 10/23/13 4:29 PM

Quote: Mary Heckman
I thought it seemed easy too, but I screwed it up somehow without even knowing to the end. I guess I need to measurer more....any way how to fix???? Also since you made this previously how did you quilt it? Did you do machine quilting? I am going to start that process too....This is all new to me. I sew garments, purses and such, but never quilted.

Next time, I love reading that!!!

Yes just trim them down to 12 1/2... how they got off?

Joann's Jelly Rolls, I quit buying from them (cheap yes but you do get what you pay for), and in quilting because some accuracy is very important there is too much "guessin" in Joann's pre-cuts

I would just trim them down and keep going since it's your 1st and VERY exciting to see you giving this a go!

For quilting - Do you have a walking foot? People told me to just stitch in the ditch (next to each seam line during quilting) begin from the center to avoid everything "shifting"... .I hate trying to find that ditch!!!

I do begin in the center with walking foot on but stitch in squares following my foot around. Whatever you find easier for you! No rules in quilting :-)

Heck sew a big X across each block is all you really need.

and Have fun!

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