How do you see where you are sewing when you have to sew from corner to corner and can't see the line under the presser foot. I know that detail is so important as is getting right from corner to corner.
This is what I am doing. Sewing a square block onto a rectangle and even though I have marked the line from corner to corner I can't see under the presser foot where I am going??? I finally got a few done but had to rip out several before I got it right on the corner to the opposite corner.
You need to look in front of the needle. Do you nave a 1/4" quilting foot? Those usually have an open front end so you can see where the needle is going.
Another trick is to draw the line at the 1/4 and follow that with the 1/4" foot.
If you use a leader piece of fabric first, then it wont scrunch up the corner when you first put the needle down in your patter piece, it will just glide from one piece of fabric to the next. . You can use a scrap piece of fabric over and over or cut yourself some little squares and keep them for leaders and enders and toss them into a bin for making nine patches or w/e later.
I either use Jeans line method or if using small squares I eyeball it. Using the method you are is much easier than making them with triangles. Im horrible at that.
does your machine have a needle down option?? put the needle down, presser foot up...butt the pieces of fabric up to needle, start to sew...sometimes very helpful to hold onto the threads coming off the back as you start to stitch...
go to u tube and watch a few 1/2 square triangle videos...Eleanor Burns, sewing with Nancy... Missouri quilts
O man, that is a great site. I could live a lifetime and not get thru the things there I like. If you can make it past the free patterns, to the mystery quilts, if you click on the last part of each quilt you can see the whole thing. Love those too.
Its her leaders and enders book that got me addictied to doing that anyway. If Im doing a quilt, not a wall hanging, Im drawn to scrap quilts anyway
As I said somewhere else, those Missouri qult videos can keep me up late at night. So many good ideas, especially if your a visual person and like to see, not read.
Thanks you gals. I also found my quilting foot that has the open end like you mentioned Qwilter. Woo Hoo, I am a happy camper now.
They aren't perfect but I think they are close. Now I only have to make 9 more blocks. ehehe I have 3 done so far
The fabric was free and it probably isn't the best choice but I loved the vintage toile and the burgandy balls worked for contrast and it will have a nice red border and and and you will just have to wait and see. ehehe
I think you have a lovely combination of fabrics Jan...think you were a quilter in another lifetime??? You are doing great...I think I was sewing/quilting for about five years before I attempted 1/2 sq triangles... that was a long time ago, I still do not get them all perfect...
I've always loved 1/2 squares! I like the technique where you sew continuous several squares on either side of line and then cut them apart. I'm more confident in 1/2 squares than I am lining up straight sewing over and over again.
I love your combination Jan and look forward to seeing pics of the finished product!
To stop the fabric from going into the "hole" most brands make a sole plate that has a hole just for a center needle position. So instead of that long slot, there is just room for a needle. Really does help with the corners getting "eaten".
You just have to remember to change it out when you go to do any zigzag type sewing.
Oh, I found out the one I have is strictly for the quilting process as the foot feeds don't touch the fabric. Duh... I only took a moment to figure that one out. I guess I don't have a single hole striker plate.