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    When sewing any quilt block, I can’t stress enough the importance of a “scant” quarter inch seam.  If anything is worth practicing, it’s that.  Believe me, the quarter inch seam is less than you think it is.  Some of you may be saying that since you have a “quarter inch foot” for your machine, you don’t have a problem.  Well, unfortunately, not all “quarter inch feet” are the same, and if you have the edge of the fabric just a little to one side of the edge of the foot, it makes a lot of difference.  Even in a simple log cabin block, there may be eight seams across the block.  If your seam is even a couple of threads—even one sixteenth of an inch off, by the time you finish your block, you could lose or gain a half inch!  Besides being the wrong size, your blocks won’t be close to being square.   And, if your blocks don’t fit together it is just frustrating.  Quiltmaking should be just the opposite of that!  It should be something that you can do to relieve your stress, not make more!

    So, what can you do?  Just as I said at the very beginning, practice!  Cut several strips of fabric that are 1 3/4 inches wide  and 3 or 4 inches long.   The length doesn’t matter, but try to be as exact as you can on that 1 3/4 inch width.  Now, sew two of the strips together along the long edge using your quarter inch seam.  Sew it just like you normally sew a quarter inch seam when you are piecing.  Now, go to your ironing board and open the fabric pressing the seam to one side.  Now measure the width of the two pieces sewn together.  It should measure exactly three inches.  Opening the fabric to press the block even takes a couple of threads in the block, so your quarter inch needs to be even smaller than you would expect.  If you measure more than 3 inches, that means that your “quarter inch” is too small.  If you measure less than 3 inches, that means that your “quarter inch” is too big.  Train your eye to know exactly where the edge of the fabric needs to be so that your seam will be just the right size.  Practice, practice, practice!

    More hints and blocks coming in the future—-