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Zig-Zag Quilt-Along – Mark, Sew, Cut and Press continued

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Amy's Creative Side says:

This is a continuation from www.flickr.com/groups/oldredbarncoquiltalong2009/discuss/... please read that post first.

Here’s a closer look

close-up by Amy's Creative Side

Seam, diagonal, seam – are you with me?

I like to go to the ironing board and set my seams with the iron at this point
press to set seam - real quick by Amy's Creative Side


Next, snip your corners to separate your blocks
snip corners to separate units by Amy's Creative Side


Now you need your cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter
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Cut on the diagonal
cut on diagonal by Amy's Creative Side


Now you have 2 blocks!
2 blocks! by Amy's Creative Side


Press your seams
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/26135424@N07/3755675450/in/set-72157621640062204/]
(I learned to sew garments at the age of 10, I still like to press open! If you prefer press the blocks to one side, alternating within each row, be careful not to pull on your blocks too much as you press!)
Half in one direction, then half the other by Amy's Creative Side
As you cut your blocks just put them in two piles and press in opposite directions. I decided to give it a try :)

Keep your rows organized to eliminate loosing hair later :)
DSC_0038 by Amy's Creative Side



Make sure to take your time when you are sewing, and be consistent with your seam allowance. I like to work like I’m on an assembly line, do all the marking at once (often on the couch in the evening) then all the sewing at once and so forth! Next week we will assemble our tops – can you believe it!? If you haven’t already, be thinking about your backing and batting. I’m so glad to be making a small quilt this time around!

Let me know if you have questions, or need clarification –
Amy
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FlossieBlossoms says:

Oh, boy, Oh, boy, Oh, boy! Thanks, Amy! I'm excited to get sewing on this. It's going to be so fun to lay the blocks out and see what we're getting!
108 months ago (permalink)

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ochil_lynz says:

Yee-haw! I'm off for a play!!
108 months ago (permalink)

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Peg-A-Pooh says:

I took a quilting class that taught me to mark 1/4 inch lines on either side of the diagnol line, so we would end up with three lines. Doing it this way helped me feel more confident in keeping the correct distance, but so much more work!
108 months ago (permalink)

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myfullcolorlife - Vickie says:

Thank you, Amy! I cannot tell you how excited I am! I have been wading through all the posts and comments, reading everyone's questions and all the replies, trying to 'see' how this would all work. Today I understand!! And I am blown away by your generosity and willingness to share. I just got my fabric last week, right before a weekend trip, so I get to cut, knowing where I am headed, and I am so pumped to start! Gotta go...I have lots of fun ahead! :)
108 months ago (permalink)

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The Desert Quilter (aka..HardyPartyof5) says:

Thank you Amy! I'm so excited to start marking! That's probably as far as I'll get today since I work too. Wahoo!
108 months ago (permalink)

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treasuresofjoy says:

I had already started a quilt a while back using this method so I have a head start ! I got this far, can't wait til the next step!
108 months ago (permalink)

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Peg-A-Pooh says:

2 baby quilts, marked, sewn, cut, and pressed. Next!
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oldredbarnco is a group administrator oldredbarnco says:

Amy -- thanks so much for guiding us all through this process. You rock.

And, I am almost done assembling my top. I jumped ahead cause I was having so much fun. Am I in trouble?

I hope to post some photos soon.
108 months ago (permalink)

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Peg-A-Pooh says:

OOooo, I have to cut these annoying wings, yes?
108 months ago (permalink)

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Lucy & Norman says:

Amy this might be a dumb question, but when you are referring to "rows" that means horizontal and not vertical, yes?
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Amy's Creative Side says:

Well Thanks Dana! I want to see pictures!! :)

Peg - I like too cut those wings off, at least in part. That's why I cut my threads the way I do :)

Lucy & Norman - there's never a dumb question! Yes the rows are horizontal!
108 months ago (permalink)

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Peg-A-Pooh says:

How much of the corner do you snip? How do you know how much to take off?
108 months ago (permalink)

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Amy's Creative Side says:

You already have your blocks pressed - right? I would take the rotary cutter to them with the corner of a ruler. Then you are sure they are square too!

I skip that one doing it this way :)

snip corners to separate units by Amy's Creative Side

108 months ago (permalink)

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Peg-A-Pooh says:

Sorry, I was asking how you know how much to cut when you do it your way. :)
108 months ago (permalink)

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natiel3 says:

This is where it gets really fun - now we'll start seeing what people's quilts are really going to look like. (Not that I've finished cutting all my squares out - had to go get more material!)
Thanks for the instructions so far.
108 months ago (permalink)

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Amy's Creative Side says:

Peg - I just clip from where the seams start on the side.
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Peg-A-Pooh says:

duh! Maybe I am supposed to be a blonde! *giggle*
Thanks PCgirl!
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Peg-A-Pooh says:

do we then sew our rows left to right(horizontal)?
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Amy's Creative Side says:

technically that's next week - but YES! I feel pretty blonde myself at times :)
108 months ago (permalink)

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Peg-A-Pooh says:

when the block is square, what size should it be?
by block I mean the two HSTs sewn together.
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Amy's Creative Side says:

Around 4.5" or 8.5" respectively :)
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Peg-A-Pooh says:

you da woman!
why are mine so inconsistent in size?
108 months ago (permalink)

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Amy's Creative Side says:

Thanks!

um, that would be your seam allowance. You can trim them all to the same.
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Peg-A-Pooh says:

then I will be measuring and cutting every stinkin one..... :( And i thought I was doing so well *pout*
108 months ago (permalink)

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Peg-A-Pooh says:

maybe it is this not so great material I am using *sigh*
It stretches like crazy
108 months ago (permalink)

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baileygirl_5 says:

Lightbulb moment!! I am so visual I had to lay a few rows out with squares folded diagonally and then lay those rows out and WHAM .... it finally made sense! The whole half as wide and twice as long thing really did work out! The pdf helped a ton. Now I'm fooling around with my layout because what I had on paper didn't look as balanced in real life as it did in my mind.
108 months ago (permalink)

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Hey Diddle Diddle Woolies says:

LOL Baileygirl!! I'm still waitin for my lightbulb moment! hahahaha!!!
108 months ago (permalink)

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Amy's Creative Side says:

Peg - how's it going? Fabrics can make things more challenging - how much difference do you have?
108 months ago (permalink)

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Peg-A-Pooh says:

Just a smidge here and there, enough to be a pain! I have all the blocks made, 4 individual rows sewn. What a pain in the tushie!!!! I am really thankful to my mother for giving me all of her fabric as she can no longer quilt. It has been great learning a new skill, but boy have I learned the value of good fabric! The stuff she gave me is not of the greatest quality. I shouldn't complain as I do not have the money to buy the good stuff right now, but %^&$@#$&*))!!!!!!!
*big smile*
108 months ago (permalink)

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Six on Seventh says:

Thanks so much for the daisy chain reminder! My last quilt I did was about 10 years ago and I totally forgot that hint. It sure is saving me as I have so many blocks to do. This step may take awhile for me.
108 months ago (permalink)

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DeeRoo G is a group moderator DeeRoo G says:

Amy....what is this..... "I like to go to the ironing board and set my seams with the iron at this point"? Are you just ironing them how you sewed them and then cut? If so....why?:)

Learned me Amy....learned me!:)
108 months ago (permalink)

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FeyaPL says:

Dee, you're placing a hot iron on the two seams you just sewed. It helps bond the thread to the fibers so when you press them open, it lays flatter.
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Amy's Creative Side says:

That's it exactly!! Thanks Feya :)
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DeeRoo G is a group moderator DeeRoo G says:

Thanks bunches ladies!:) Is this something you do when you are sewing on a bias or always?
108 months ago (permalink)

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badlandsquilts says:

i was totally wondering about the ironing thing when I read it monday, just haven't gotten there yet. There are so many little tidbits to know!
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Amy's Creative Side says:

I pretty much always set my seams with the iron, it makes ironing easier and closes the fabric around the thread. Minor details really but I thought I would share all instead of leaving the little things out :)
108 months ago (permalink)

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DeeRoo G is a group moderator DeeRoo G says:

Thanks...good to know!:)
108 months ago (permalink)

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Peg-A-Pooh says:

I, for one, want and need to know the little things, so thanks again Amy!
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The Desert Quilter (aka..HardyPartyof5) says:

Hi Amy, question for you. Are we supposed to lay our quilts out this week or will that be part of the instructions for Monday? I have 3 boys...one of which is 3....and one that is severely autistic....this is why I haven't laid mine out. Those 2 will have a hay day if I leave it laying out all pretty and not sewn up. :) I suppose it couldn't hurt to lay it out to see it....can you tell I'm talking myself into laying it out? ha ha
108 months ago (permalink)

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Amy's Creative Side says:

Up to you - hardyparty :) I haven't taken a pic of mine laid out either - probably because there is no need to rearrange blocks. Go ahead and lay it out! I hope you can get a picture before it gets thrashed :)
108 months ago (permalink)

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Hey Diddle Diddle Woolies says:

Hiya :)
Ok, I sketched mine out, did the math (since i was doing it a bit different) and tried to figure out how many darn blocks i needed! LOL... wellllll.... got them all sewn, and pressed, and felt like i was going to be short, so laid out the design. Low and behold, i had wayyy tooo many!! hahaha! So, started playing with different designs. The HSTs can be put together so many different ways! So that was tons of fun! I think i finally have it where i want it, and just need to cut some more white squares and I'll be ready to start sewing! woohoo!

So, dumb question time! LOL
#1 how in the world do i get it from here(see pic in my album) to the sewing machine downstairs, and keep it IN ORDER?!?!?!?!? There are A LOT of squares! LOL I am more than a little overwhelmed looking at them all, knowing i have to sew them all!! hahaha

#2 for all my plain white squares - i had cut them 5". But i'm guessing i ought to go back and cut them all 4.5" - so they match the HST blocks, right?

#3 last but not least... i did NOT snip off all those little tails. gulp. is this a must do? or can they be trimmed after (or while) sewing together?

LOL this load of squares will be laying in my family room (have threatened children to steer clear already lol) until I hear back! :)
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Amy's Creative Side says:

Okay!
#1 I would, maybe start with pinwheels, OR (this is better), get your pins and stack left to right, put a pin in the top so that you don't forget which way is up and number the rows. Do you have a fabric pen? I use mine all the time that way it washes out. Then when you get to your machine, just start at the top, #1, and work your way through the stack. Always keep the top up in the same position and just keep working left. Make sense? work for you?

#2 they should match - before you cut, measure a few blocks and cut to that measurement, it could be a little different :)

#3 you are not in trouble for not snipping! Your quilt will lay flatter if you clip them, but you can do it as you go along if you want.

Sorry I haven't checked in here for a while - i hope you haven't had to threaten your kids too much!

Amy
108 months ago (permalink)

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Hey Diddle Diddle Woolies says:

Hi Amy - thanks soo much for your reply!
(haha, and yes, had to keep chanting "please please stay away from the quilt pieces!" all night long :D But they are 7, 12 and 13 - and they really WERE TRYING to!! )

Ok, i do have a fabric pen somewhere! But i'm worried i will still get them mixed up. gulp! Do you think it would be easier, or more advisable to do this design in blocks, instead of strips? With everything having to be so matchy matchy to look right... am i in over my head? LOL I just keep thinking about those seams matching up with a long honkin strip, and if ONE is off, everything will be off. Panic is starting to set in. LOL heelllppp!

And i will measure and trim before sewing. hopefully! :D
Thank you sooo much for your help! I didnt start off with the intention of making it more difficult. Honest! It just sorta happened that way! LOL
108 months ago (permalink)

concerned vessel [deleted] says:

I stack mine by row and pin a scrap paper or post-it to the top of Row 1, Row 2, etc. I sew just one stack, being careful not to rotate any of the squares, to end up with a finished row. I keep the paper pinned to the first block so I know which-end-is-up when I go to sew my rows together. Use whatever method works for your own peace of mind!
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Amy's Creative Side says:

HDDW - did you start? You could do blocks, but that still could get very confusing, unless of course you could sew one and leave the rest on the floor :) If you pin carefully you should be fine doing it by rows!

Amy
108 months ago (permalink)

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Hey Diddle Diddle Woolies says:

Amy, yes, I started this morning. Woke up to it totally trashed. Apparently my two cats were out roaming in the MUD, and came in through the family room . ugh. Not a pretty site this morning!! Blocks across the room... muddy footprints on the white fabric.. looked like they had a cat fight right on top of it :( :(
Thankful i had extra HSTblocks, to replace most of the muddy ones, and had to put it all back together, threw the cats outside, threatened children, and started sewing into 4 square blocks, then those into rows. I am about half way done. LOL Wish i had floor space in my little room!!! Was a tad cranky this morning. LOL But it's all coming together now. Praise the Lord!!
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Amy's Creative Side says:

YIKES! I would be cranky too! glad it's worked out and going together for you :)
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baileygirl_5 says:

I'm getting all my squares pressed and I see that each square has a little "tail" that stick out two corners. I want to square and even up my squares because I was having a little fabric issue and some of my squares (whew! how many times can I type "squares" in a sentence??) were a little small. Is it OK if I cut off these tails or will it lead to problems later on when I'm sewing the quilt top together?
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Amy's Creative Side says:

Feel free to chop those off! Just extra bulk really. How's it coming!?
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baileygirl_5 says:

It's coming along great! I love seeing the patterns emerge as I press the seams open and flip the square over! I'm a little nervous about the muslin I bought for the white fabric, it seems too thin and the edges are just fraying!! But the lady that owns the quilt shop recommended it and she's a master so I gotta have faith it will be OK. I won't commit to buying it again until I get totally finished and see how it works out.
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