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Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

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.

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Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

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Also, when I go to put the needle down in the corner it goes into the opening of the machine. Help.

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Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

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

see Bonnie hunters blog for ideas on leaders and enders take a look around she has wonderful ideas and tips !!!

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Here is my question and answer all in one shot

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

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

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(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

That is what makes these threads so have a question, there is always so help close at hand. I don't know how I lived so long with out this group.;-0

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Well I think you're doing great. Hmmmm 9 more blocks....table runner maybe?

Totally agree on the Missouri Quilt videos., I find my self going back for refresher courses. Put several in my favs.

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

No table runner, the blocks are 18" x 18" x 12 plus sashing plus inner border and outer border and binding. It should be a pretty good size quilt.

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(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Ahhhh OK didn't know the blocks were so big. Very pretty.

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

Me either I would sure not have eyeballed those.. I was thinking more a 2 1/2 inch size , when I suggested that.

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

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...

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

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!

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

I always make my half square triangles oversize, then cut them to perfect size before beginning the block assembly. Saves on rejects.

Victoria Harbour, ON

Great suggestion Mittsy..

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Ah Ha! I have one of those. This is a fairly new machine and I am still finding out what all the pieces and parts do.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

I keep the single hole strike plate on when quilting. I think it makes everything glide thru easier.

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

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.

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