Sometimes despite our best efforts a quilt block doesn’t measure up. Here are a few tips to try to help with trouble shooting. So you can fix the problem.
First check your cutting accuracy. Did the ruler shift? Grr! Did you focus on the wrong line on your ruler? I’ve done it a time or two. Frustrating! Starting with accurately cut pieces will go a long way to ensure your quilt block measures up. To learn more about cutting accuracy. I find that using my AccuQuilt Go takes the guess work out of cutting. Plus I know for sure every cut is accurate.
Next you will want to make sure your 1/4″ seam is correct. Take a ruler. Set it against your seam. The edge of your fabric should line up on the 1/4″ mark. If it doesn’t you will want to make adjustments. If your block has many seams, even a small discrepancy will add up. Once you find your perfect 1/4″ seam you may want to use a piece of washi tape on your machine to be your guide.
Another thing to check is to make sure you are pressing along the way. Setting a seam before you press a seam to the side will also help with accuracy. Make sure that when you press a seam you don’t move the iron, but set it down. The movement of the iron can distort the fabric.
Finally remember to give yourself grace. A quilt doesn’t need to be perfect to be beautiful. Remember that over time you will improve. So use these trouble shooting tips to help. But remember to have fun with the process and be patient with yourself.
Find more tips to help with accuracy here.