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Our page is dedicated to successful quilt block swaps. The following instructions
are for participants of quilt block swaps and the hostesses. The hostesses are
welcome to pass on this quality information to the quilters participating in their
swap. Be sure to edit your block size and yardage. Enjoy!!
QUALITY CHECK POINTS
1. Fabrics are pre-washed and pressed.
2. Points and seams match up.
3. Block size is 9 1/2" unfinished-the hostess will be
4. Seam allowance of 1/4" all around without invading
5. Seams are straight - whether machine or hand pieced
6. Seams on the back are pressed in one direction and
lay flat unless hand pieced.
7. Applique stitching is hidden, unless intended to be
visible (i.e. button hole stitch or machine applique).
No use of fabric paints and no raw edges allowed.
9. Fabrics coordinate in color and design
10. Press your signature after signing them.
11. Be sure to stitch to the end of the seam
12. Make sure machine is in good working order
11. You had FUN doing it!!!!!!!!
SEWING AND YARDAGE TIPS
In order for your blocks to
be exactly 9 1/2" unfinished you must cut and sew accurately.
Almost all quilt pattern books have basic instructions in the
beginning of the books, so if you're having trouble
getting a block to size, why not go back and
review the basics.
Make sure that you square up your fabric and
do a "clean cut" before cutting your strips. Also make
sure that you place the ruler on the right cutting line
and when you start to cut, don't remove your hand from
the ruler, but rather "walk" your hand up the ruler
until the cut is finished. There are a few "How To"
books on the market that just address
how to rotary cut.
SEWING 1/4" SEAMS
Your seam should actually be a
"scant" quarter of an inch, or just inside the 1/4"
mark you are using. Before you begin sewing you must
check your 1/4" seam allowance because not all machine
presser foots mark a true ¼”. Please do so by doing
a practice ¼” seam on your sewing machine. Remove
your sample and measure it away from the sewing
machine. If it is not a true ¼” then adjust it so
it is a perfect ¼" and mark this line with several
pieces of masking tape along the right side of your
machine. Always follow this new guideline.
To figure up your yardage for each of your fabrics
take the size square you need to cut and figure out
how many you can cut from the width of your fabric.
For example if your fabric is 44" in width and if you
need to cut 6.5 inch squares you divide 6.5 into 44. I
round up my inches to make it easier so I would divide
7 into 44. This will give you 6 squares per row.
7 x 6=42. Now that you know you can get 6 squares out
of a row then you take the amount of total squares you
will need to cut and divide 6 into that amount. So
let's say you need 50--- 6.5" squares then you will
need to divide 6 into 50 to find out how many rows you
will need --- 6 x 9= 54. This tells you that you will
need at least 9 rows. Once you get the amount of rows
you will need then you take your size block again and
multiply it by the rows to find you yardage.
7" x 9 =63" The result is you will need to buy 63 inches of
fabric. I always round up so I would purchase two
yards. This will give me an extra 9" in fabric and it
is always a good idea to always purchase enough extra
fabric to be able to cut one extra row in case of mistakes.
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