Screwy blocks! I remember when I realized I was supposed to use a 1/4” seam for quilting. I didn’t have a 1/4” foot for my machine, so I just estimated. No wonder nothing worked very well back then!
One important aspect of quilt making is to maintain an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance. This ensures that all of the seams will match and the various pieces will fit together properly. Using a 1/4″ presser foot on your machine will give you the best results, but if your machine doesn’t have one, you can create a seam guide.
- Place a piece of bright tape 1/4″ from the needle.
- Place a ruler under the presser foot and lower the needle onto the 1/4″ mark.
- Mark the seam allowance by placing a piece of tape at the edge of the ruler.
- Be careful not to cover the feed dogs on your sewing machine.
When sewing several identical fabric pieces together, I like to chain piece them to save time and reduce the amount of thread used. To chain piece:
- Sew the first pair of pieces together.
- At the end of the seam line, stop sewing but do not cut the thread.
- Feed the next pair of pieces under the presser foot and continue sewing in the same manner until all the pieces are sewn.
- Remove the chain of pieces from the machine and clip the threads between the pairs as you press them.
So don’t estimate, and don’t have your own screwy blocks!