Tuesday Tip

I’m going to try and post a quilting tip for you each Tuesday. (Notice the operative word here is *TRY*…..I didn’t say promise, now did I? 😉 But we’ll see how it goes. )

Before cutting out all the pieces for a new pattern, it’s always a good idea to cut and sew one block to be sure the directions are correct and that your cutting and sewing will yield a block the proper size. It’s much easier to fix a problem with one block than an entire quilt. For instance, if the directions are correct but your block is coming out a bit small, you know you will need to use a slightly smaller seam allowance for future blocks.

If you don’t want these blocks to be wasted, choose a color scheme or theme (like Christmas, Patriotic, 30’s Reproductions, blue & white or whatever floats your boat), and always make your test blocks from those fabrics. Store them away in one spot (a new *unused* pizza box make a good hide-away), and before you know it, you’ll have enough blocks for another quilt. A bonus quilt – how cool is that???

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