We are half way through the 12 steps to successful quilt making. And I must admit: This is my favorite! In fact it is my favorite because nobody seems to take notice and yet it is the most important point.
When piecing a quilt following a pattern: when do you check the measurements of your work?
If you need a finished 12 inch block: do you check each one as soon as it is made to ensure that it measures 12½“?
Much to my surprise, not many people can answer yes.
But this is the essential key to your success.
Even after you have checked to ensure that you have the good measurement for the quarter of an inch seam (see previous blog), you must still ensure that your block has the proper measurements. If your block is smaller or larger, you have two choices:
– Redo the block while ensuring that you have cut to the right size and that you have the proper quarter inch seam allowance…. And do not forget to press!
– Adjust the rest of the pattern as you go along.
Usually we take option 1 when checking our blocks as soon as they are done. Option 2 is taken when the blocks are checked only once all of them are made.
But what happens when the blocks aren’t all the same size? You will have another unfinished project cluttering your work space.
So check ALL your blocks as you go along, and adjust.