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I’m in the home stretch! There are only two more seams to sew!

The next challenge, which ended up not being very challenging, was sewing the rows together so that the sashings line up.


Since the sashing are 1″ wide and I just happen to have a 1″ ruler, it seemed easy enough to just line up the sashing this way and make tiny pencil marks on the connecting sashing. And yes, that was easy. But I found that I could eyeball it just as well.

But the last rows I joined this morning have a big problem:


I don’t know what I did wrong with the upper left cornerstone block. I can see that I will need to re-do the short sashing strip because I obviously cut the angle wrong. But even if I’d cut the angle correctly, it looks to me like the setting triangle is too short no matter what. The upper right cornerstone block looks pretty danged perfect.

Yikes! I’m not sure how I’m going to fix this, if it’s even fixable at this point.

And I was feeling so good about this project.

That’s all the excitement from Short Pump, check out all the action at Judy L’s blog.


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Ok, it’s time to trim the rows so that I can add the sashing strips. I’m feeling more confident now, let’s hope my optimism is warranted.

This is the upper right corner unit. I discovered after measuring that if I trimmed off the 1/2″ overage, the top of the triangle measures 6.25″ which is exactly what it should be.


This is the next row to the left. If I put my ruler at the 1/4″ mark, it lines up with the raw edge of the attached diamond. Sweet!


This is a short row from the left side. I don’t know what measurement the block should be, so I held my breath and trimmed it even with the diamond’s raw edge. I hope that was right. ๐Ÿ™‚


Well it looks good, anyway!


So I got one long sashing strip sewn onto a row before I left for work this morning.

Stay tuned, this quilt might actually work!


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I’m still whining about how these units are to be sewn together, but I’m feeling a little more confident that I’m on the right track. The blocks in all the rows are attached to each other now. After showing that corner unit to a friend, she feels that it’s correct and that there will just be some trimming before I sew the long sashing strips to the rows. I did some measuring and compared that to my layout in EQ7 and it appears there will also be some trimming around the perimeter after the top is constructed.

Another discovery we made is that the designer of the original quilt made her setting triangles by cutting extra diamonds in half both lengthwise and crosswise. Margaret says that’s not the way to do it because it doesn’t allow for the seam allowances. Looking closely at the photos in the tutorial, we can see where her units came up short in the places where mine overhang. She must have just made up for it in the seam allowances, but I’d rather have mine too big and then cut it down.

Margaret and I talked about a new project or two, sewing baby quilts for our company’s United Way auction. I’ll share details later.

That’s what’s going on in Short Pump, check Judy L’s page for everyone else’s projects.

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Wow, I can’t believe I can’t find anything on the Internet (a la Google) that explains or has photos or videos of how to line up setting triangles to other units in a diagonal set quilt. When I search on how to sew setting triangles, most of what I get is how to cut them out. If you know of something, please let me know. These things aren’t intuitive and since I don’t know what they’re supposed to look like when they’re sewn, I can’t tell if I’m right or not. ย And just looking at a finished quilt doesn’t help.

Here I’ve pinned a side triangle to its neighboring sashed diamond. I only concerned myself with the right side of the seam and that’s a 1/4″ of the sashing that you see peeking out. There’s a lot more than a 1/4″ hanging over on the left side.


That alignment produced this and I’m thinking that this is what it should look like.


So then I had to line up the top setting triangle to the other end of the diamond. Not sure what to do here, so I pinched a tiny crease in the centers of each and lined up to that.


Now my short little row looks like this. The 1/4 corner triangle will fill in the upper right and give it a 90degree outside edge. At least the top edge of the triangle looks “level” so I’m thinking this was the correct placement.


Now the corner triangle is basted in place. I sort-of have that outside 90degree corner LOL. But that seam intersection in the red circle is a 1/2″ from the raw edge. Shouldn’t it be 1/4″?


I hate it when I can’t figure this stuff out myself.


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What do I do now?


I’m having a real hard time visualizing how the setting triangle at the top should be sewn to its neighboring diamond. Should I sew the other sashing strips to the diamonds first? But no, the setting triangle needs sashing strips, too. And I’m planning on cutting one long strip for each side of the diamonds. Should I just match the center of the triangle to the center of the diamond? Maybe I didn’t cut the angles right on the triangle’s sashing strip. I sent a picture to the pattern designer and she said I did it right. But in order to get that angle, I had to space the triangles 2″ apart on the sashing strip (I chain-pieced them). In her example, the triangles are much closer together. I’m still confused about that. She didn’t show any clear pictures of the setting triangles, she mostly focused on the diamonds.

And how does the other setting triangle get matched to its neighboring diamond? I *think* it should work the same way the diamonds went together: center them together, leaving a 1/4″ bunny ear on each side of the seam.



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Today’s design wall picture is actually from yesterday at Stitchers, before I started sewing the sashings to the diamonds.

I have had some consternation with this pattern that I had drafted in EQ7 and wasn’t getting the expected results with the rotary cutting instructions.

(I am following an online tutorial where the quilter used 60deg diamonds but smaller than mine, and used 1″ finished sashings. So I knew it could be done.)

But EQ7 wanted me to cut 1-3/8″ strips with a 7/8″ finished sashing and I had specified 1″ finished. I just wasn’t understanding why and finally today on the INFO-EQ mailing list, I got my answer (it’s complicated, there’s MATH involved LOL).

I cut my strips 1-1/2″ and chain pieced the diamonds to each strip like the tutorial says to do. That went well, except for the first angle cut I made where I didn’t see that I was supposed to press my diamonds first and then cut the angle. So I had to re-do that first one.

So now all the diamonds have a sashing strip on one side. This morning I sat down to do the same thing with the corners, and top/bottom and left/right setting triangles. Yikes, I couldn’t figure out what angle I needed to cut and where (the tutorial doesn’t have a photo of that step), so I stopped before I did something stupid. ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the suggestions I got from INFO-EQ is to make a separate layout when doing any on-point quilts, doing all that math just for accurate rotary cutting instructions. I’m afraid that when I do that, I’ll find out that my diamonds are cut wrong. Maybe what I should do is just cut all those sashings down by 1/8″. I could live with a 7/8″ finished sashing.

When I laid all the diamonds out on my design wall at home, they didn’t line up right. And I’m wondering if that’s because of the 1-1/2″ sashings. I’ll have to ask INFO-EQ.

So that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

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Design Wall Monday 09.09.13

No quilts on the design wall this week. I’m making a gift from Burda 9708, a pattern I’ve made a couple of times for my granddaughter.

Two observations about this pattern. One, there are two pattern pieces missing from the cutting layout. No big deal because they are both cut on the fold and there aren’t too many different ways to accomplish that. I don’t know that I’ve ever run into a commercial pattern with a misprint, but then, this is the one and only Burda pattern I’ve ever worked with.

Two, I didn’t pay attention until now that Burda wants me to place my fabric right sides together (wrong sides out), something I’ve never, ever done with a clothing pattern. I’ve turned pattern pieces upside down when it’s called for, but I’ve always positioned my fabric right side out. This is a very symmetrical pattern, so there should be no issues with pieces facing the wrong way, but I went to the Sewing forum for assurances that if I cut it out Burda’s way, the dress wouldn’t have to be worn inside out LOL. There were a variety of opinions on why this would be called for, one of which is the ease of marking on the wrong side of the fabric. Personally, I don’t usually have problems marking notches, darts, etc. but maybe it’s because I’ve always done it one way.

Now one new thing I tried and it’s either brilliant or incredibly stupid. This pattern has facings that will be reinforced with fusible interfacing. Rather than cutting out the facing and interfacing separately, I layered the interfacing on top of the fabric and then pinned on the pattern and cut them out at once. That should give me a better chance of the interfacing exactly matching the facing. Not that it would be off much anyway, but it is a little more efficient, time-wise.


That’s all from Short Pump, here’s what’s going on at Judy L’s page. Check it out!

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