Twice the Fun: Week 10 Tips
Hi, I'm Lindsay from American Patchwork & Quilting! And welcome to Week 10 of the Twice the Fun quilt-along! This week, we're sewing strip sets.
1. Get an accurate and straight 1/4" seam. Now, this seems very obvious, but it's especially important when doing strip sets, because you're cutting a lot of units from one strip set. So if it's off in any way, you may have wonky strips or uneven pieces which can cause problems later when piecing. Try using a leader strip when sewing strip sets. This ensures that by the time you're sewing from a scrap of fabric onto your strips, you're sewing straight and accurately and smoothly. Another suggestion is to use your 1/4" foot with a guide if your machine has one, or create your own guide by adding a bumper of tape to help guide your fabric.
2. Press as smoothly as possible. When pressing, keep the steam setting off. Steam can pull at the strips and distort them. Then, press in one smooth movement with the right sides of your strips up. Hold one end in place so things stay straight when pressing. If you notice that one side of your strip is leaning in a certain direction, just straighten it with one hand, and use the iron to straighten the pieces.
3. Cut carefully. Once all your strips are sewn and pressed, it's time to cut. Line up the top of you strip with a line on you cutting mat. Then, just as you would square fabric up before cutting your fabric, you'll square one end of your strip up by trimming one end straight. When cutting, align a line on your ruler with the center seam, so you know the strips are straight and accurate.
We hope these tips help your strip sets turn out perfectly! Find more details and join the quilt-along on our website at AllPeopleQuilt.com/TwiceTheFun.