Friday, 10 October 2014
Baggy Bottom ~ A favourite sewing tip
My Swedish Bloom quilt has been on hold for the last few weeks. Partly because it's the school holidays but mainly because I had to do some unpicking and I get quilter's block when it comes to unpicking.
I did my usual lazy technique for sewing the rows together, but this time it didn't work out! My lazy technique is not to measure any of the rows, but to make the sashing longer than it needs to be and trim it back after sewing. The problem with sashing is that you don't notice when your blocks start getting out of alignment. On one row I ended up with a 1/2" difference between the flower blocks on either side of the sashing. It's pretty hard to hide a 1/2" overhang, although I did consider my options for a while, anything to avoid the dreaded unpicking! I wasn't actually planning on advertising my mistake ( I don't have any photographic evidence) but I decided to keep it real and maybe someone might benefit from my sewing tip!
With the unpicking finally done, I spent some time this afternoon ironing, pinning and sewing the row back together, applying my baggy bottom sewing tip. I used heaps of pins, I didn't want any overhang this time!
The after shot, perfectly aligned rows!!
Hooray, quilter's block over, back to finishing this top!
Here's my baggy bottom sewing tip, I learnt it from a local quilter and I use it all the time... when sewing blocks or rows together, if one side is longer than the other, put the longer (baggy) side on the bottom, next to the feed dogs. I used this technique today and it worked a treat, I just made sure that I lined the two rows up and used plenty of pins. I'm guessing this technique works because of the way the two layers of fabric move between the foot and the feed dogs. Do you know this technique? If you don't, give it a try!!