4 Measuring Skills Quilter’s Can’t Live Without – Part 2

I have been running way behind on my blogging due to sewing the binding on my Midnight Mystery Quilt, 

which has been going slowly, and prepping the taxes to send out. I apologize for not getting this posted much sooner, and closer to the time when I posted Part 1 of this series.

The third thing I learned while piecing this quilt, was realizing my measurements were off. I ripped out many seams. I re-cut fabric in some cases. AND I did not check my 1/4″ scant inch, before sewing often enough. I was rushing, and getting sloppy.

I also sew on a few different machines each week. I attend an open quilt studio at Pins and Needles, in Mt. Kisco, NY.  My local brick & mortar store. They are very generous, and provide eight Bernina Sewing Machines for us to use.  They are all different, and 1/4″ scant seam can be different on each machine.  

The above photo was about a 1/4″.

And if I kept sewing at that exact point, multiplied over and over, my seams would not, and did not match. It’s hard to believe the 1-2 strands of thread in the weave of the fabric, but mathematically, it makes a huge difference.

This is more like it!!

4.  This may last skill is not exactly a skill, and it may seem obvious, but maybe not so much, because we all have busy lives.  And we forget to have our eyes checked. I realized I hadn’t gone for my yearly eye checkup, and my vision had gotten much better. I could see closer, much better without my glasses. My distance vision had changed a little too.  

So, I bought new glasses with my new prescription. Now I don’t have to wear my glasses while sewing on the machine or hand sewing up close.

All these tweaks to my skills and my eye health made a wonderful difference in my quilt, which I can’t wait to show you.  I only have two more sides to bind, which is about 150″.  Then I have two inscription labels to sew on. 

Have a great week, and Happy Quilting!!

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