Just a Simple Patch Quilt

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      Have been saving 4 inch, 3 1/2 inch, 3 inch and 2 1/2 inch squares fo
r some time now. I take my left over pieces of material from my made quilts
 and cut them into what ever size squares the material allows.  Right now I
 have only enough 4 inch squares to make a small quilt of mixed colors.  I  
usually put a 2 1/2 inch inner border and 4 inch outer border.  One of the  
problems I have had with these type squares is when sewn together in rows t
he corners do not always meet but off a tiny bit.  So this time before sewi
ng I went through every single square and made sure they were exactly 4 inc
hes square.  I know material will stretch while pressing, so will wait unti
l the rows are all sewn together before doing that. If you can think of an  
easier way to do these type of quilts better please let me know. I am tryin
g to be as careful sewing as I can.
                               Sandy$  

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me time now. I take my left over pieces of material from my made quilts and
 cut them into what ever size squares the material allows.  Right now I hav
e only enough 4 inch squares to make a small quilt of mixed colors.  I usua
lly put a 2 1/2 inch inner border and 4 inch outer border.  One of the prob
lems I have had with these type squares is when sewn together in rows the c
orners do not always meet but off a tiny bit.  So this time before sewing I
 went through every single square and made sure they were exactly 4 inches  
square.  I know material will stretch while pressing, so will wait until th
e rows are all sewn together before doing that. If you can think of an easi
er way to do these type of quilts better please let me know. I am trying to
 be as careful sewing as I can.
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Hi Sandy,

I used to have a problem with pressing the squares flat until my friend poi
nted out that I was actually ironing them instead of just pressing them. Do
es that make sense?
Now I just press/lift/press move on to next square instead of moving iron o
ver the material.

Haven't tried a quilt with small squares but I certainly have enough small  
squares to try one - I bought a whole lot from a shop closing down without  
thinking about what to do with them.

Have a Safe and Happy Easter.

Cheers,
Di  
On the beautiful Mornington Peninsula
Vic. Australia

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If someone gives me guff about having corners that don't match, I just  
tell them that is my artistic style.

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I'm with Brian. A thread or two off doesn't bother me. But if it really, re
ally bothers you I suggest lots of pinning. Also, press the seams carefully
 and be sure that each intersection nests (so that the seams from one unit  
go in the opposite direction of the other unit, with no twisting).  

Nann


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me time now. I take my left over pieces of material from my made quilts and
 cut them into what ever size squares the material allows.  Right now I hav
e only enough 4 inch squares to make a small quilt of mixed colors.  I usua
lly put a 2 1/2 inch inner border and 4 inch outer border.  One of the prob
lems I have had with these type squares is when sewn together in rows the c
orners do not always meet but off a tiny bit.  So this time before sewing I
 went through every single square and made sure they were exactly 4 inches  
square.  I know material will stretch while pressing, so will wait until th
e rows are all sewn together before doing that. If you can think of an easi
er way to do these type of quilts better please let me know. I am trying to
 be as careful sewing as I can.
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Just out of curiosity, how are you designing it?

Are you just putting the scraps in a big bag and randomly selecting them?

Are you arranging them so perhaps they radiate from the lightest colors  
in the center to the darker colors on the outside?

Perhaps the darks on one end going towards the lighter on the other?

Dividing them into color "families" such as reds, blues, etc, and making  
"stripes."

Or what?  I am sure there are many ways to arrange even just solid blocks.

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Hello Group,
     So far with all my experimenting as I have pinned, ironed rows in oppo
site directions so they would mesh together at seams, then also did not "pr
ess" these squares at all because I kept them in boxes for each size. These
 were already(Brian)flat. Used solids and prints(no stripes) and put them t
ogether so the colors would be pleasing and each row didn't have a matching
 square in front or behind next row.   One of my experiments is I found tha
t some material stretches more than other material when ironed.  I will try
 just pressing too(thanks for that idea). My best luck so far was pinning a
nd sewing together the squares, rows before pressing.  Have made 3 quilts t
his way so far and have one left which is different prints that I am puttin
g together with baby prints and solids.  Hope these experiments help you al
l.  I am sort of a perfectionist and have found that nothing in life is per
fect, so why should material sewn together be perfect.   Thank you all for  
your comments.
                    Sandy$    

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What I meant by "flat" is that each block (4", or 3 1/2 when finished)  
is a single color or pattern and not some pieced thing like a half-suare  
triangle or whatever.

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Hello Brian,
     These are just prints and solids 4" that are sewn together to make a c
rib type quilt. I think it is the material itself that is stretching as I s
ew it but think pinning and checking measurement of each block before sewin
g helps. I even tried pressing instead of ironing.  All seems to help.  Jus
t finished the 4th so I will be starting on a regular size quilt next.
                           Sandy$

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