Welcome to Day Three of the blog hop to launch Monique Dillard's new book "Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts". Today you have TWO sites to visit to see amazing quilts made from patterns in this book, as well as two chances to win the book! So, without delay, you must go visit Denise at Quilter's Window, and Monique herself at Open Gate Quilts.
I promised to show you a tricky bit in my block construction and give a little tip to make things come out right nearly every time.
See those intersections where the red half square triangles meet? It is REAL easy to have those be askew. Much easier to have them be wonky than nicely lined up. And that kind of wonkiness makes me seriously crazy.
So, what's the trick to making them line up perfectly? Besides paying attention to where you are stitching I mean?
U-shaped pins. If you haven't tried these, you must give them a chance.
Here's how they work. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Snuggle up your seam intersections so they abut nice and tight. If you have sewn your HSTs with a proper scant quarter inch seam and pressed your seam allowances in opposite directions, this should happen without a struggle. Stick your U-pin in place so that the tines hold down each seam allowance. When you stitch the seam, go slowly (so you don't break your needle stitching over the pin) and try to get the needle to come down right in that "sweet spot" where the stitching lines form an X where they meet.
You will be amazed at how perfectly aligned your finished results will be. Now, you can certainly achieve this with careful stitching and regular straight pins, but I find the U-pins to be far more consistent. Besides, those pesky seam allowances are held down nice and secure, so there isn't any of that nasty folding up and mis-stitching underneath. Don't you just hate that? When you turn your piece over and the back side shows you a big mess of folded over seam allowances and you have to un-sew and do it again? Those days are over with U-pins.