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Getting things to line up
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Date: 1/12/14 7:51 PM

Hi Everyone:

I got a real problem here. I am paper piecing(Using freezer paper) to do a finished Crazy 3" block. I have 7 different blocks, with 5 or so blocks of each one. I have used EQ5 to design and print each block in a foundation print out. Everything was moving along very nicely, until block 6. This block was split into 2 units. Then I sewed the 2 units together.
WELL......
Things have not lined up. I thought I squared them up. I have my add-a-quarter ruler. I used a pin to line up the lines, I sewed around the block, then sewed it together, This was the best one to line up. I think I am going to toss this block since I only have 4 blocks.(which means the block beat me).

Questions, am I going to have trouble sewing the blocks together, and then rows and everything lining up? Is there a secret to sewing them together? Am I missing a step? Do you take the paper off before you join them altogether? By the way the printout shows the quarter inch seam allowance, which I have allowed for. (I hate learning curves)lol..

Thanks for your Help
Debi

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Date: 1/13/14 9:05 AM

hard to say without seeing it. But I'm guessing you missed a allowing for a seam allowance somewhere or added too much. I had trouble paper piecing for years and finally the light bulb went off. I've always had trouble "seeing" things backwards we you have to do with paper piecing. And sometimes with that kind of stuff, put it down for a few days then go back and look at it, and you will see where it went wrong.

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Date: 1/13/14 8:43 PM

I have worked on 2 Judy Niemeyer paper pieced patterns and when sewing block units or blocks together, you may need to remove a small portion of the paper along where the blocks join so they can be done accurately. Also with paper piecing there are no rules about using grainline and I think there can be some stretch if one is not careful at pressing but keeping the paper on most of the block and removing it later is standard practice. The paper acts as a stabilizer.

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Date: 1/15/14 1:55 AM

What they said. Also, I find that putting a tacking/basting stitch (hand sewn) where the blocks NEED to meet, tearing away paper where necessary and then sewing helps. Also strategic use of fabric glue to keep blocks from sliding across each other.

The handsewn tacking stitch allows you to really fussy stitch exactly on a point or line--placing the stitch exactly on the line on both sides then just tack it there for sewing and easing. the glue will just allow adhesion without having to rip out more stitching.

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Date: 1/16/14 2:15 AM

Thank you. I had thought about that, I even thought of basing the seam. I have not looked at it or touched for the last 4 days. My back has been hurting me, to the point of I sit with an ice pack, then heat, sleep, up every four hours. I have been trying to figure out what I did. New Chair. Hubby got me a new chair with more padding. (NOT)...I now have my old chair back much better.
But Yes, That is what I am going to do. I will remove the 1/4" of paper seam, glue and tack it. I think that well work very will. I am glad I only have 4 of this one block to do. But if I have to do it to more or all of the blocks I will. I just don't want the block, or quilt top to beat me. It is only 18" by 18". Hoping to post pic when I get it done.
Thank you again. and Thank you to everyone who answered. I was just so upset and lost. Thank you all for being here.

Debi

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