28 July 2008

Deep Seams

Do you get this magazine? I got mine on Saturday and sat down to read. There is an article inside that really sparked my interest. It is unfortunate that the article is not even listed on the website's table of contents for this issue, but it is An Extra Eighth Goes a Long Way by Marie A. Dellapiazza. The premise is to add an extra 1/8 inch to cutting and seaming and she gives some formulas for the commonly used HST and QST. I love, love, love this idea! And I think that if you are not swapping blocks and as long as the seam depths are consistent throughout your quilt, what does it matter that the end result of the quilt is a different size?

I actually use this concept when working with flannels, only I never thought about cutting 1/8 inch bigger. DOH! (insert sound of hand slapping forehead). And I wish I had thought of using this with all those homespuns I've been working with lately. Both of these are loosely woven fabrics and can benefit with a deeper seam.

13 comments:

  1. Why not . . . that little bit will help a quilt grow up a whole lot faster.

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  2. I haven't read the article yet, but I'll be sure to do so now that you've mentioned it. Whatever works!

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  3. So the extra 1/8" isn't in the seam, but in the piece? I do subscribe, just haven't received it yet. Will have to read it to figure this out!

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  4. I received it but haven't read it yet...will do so. Thanks for pointing it out.

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  5. I agree with this idea. Thanks!

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  6. On flickr a gal did a quilt with 1/2 seams - it worked. (My assumption was that she chose that seam allowance because she was using linen. - She did not use a pattern perse, so you point of consistency was what worked for her.)

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  7. I am not sure I understand the purpose of the extra 1/8. Is this to make the seam bigger or the quilt bigger? I do like this magazine though, and literally have a hundred or more to go through. I pick them up at "white elephant" sales and sometimes give-a-way tables. They are always so interesting to read through and so beautiful that people hate to throw them away.

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  8. I don't get that magazine, but I may have to find it for that article.

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  9. A few sewing machines ago, I had one that with a wide presser foot and no 1/4" guide line that made it difficult to judge a proper 1/4" seam. I tried making a quilt by measuring the distance from the needle to the side of the presser foot and making that my seam size. It happened to be a bit shy of 3/8", 5/16" in fact. On those days before rotary cutters I was using templates to cut out my patches so it didn't matter that the seam was an awkward size to measure. I just added that much to the seam line on each cardboard template and I was set. It worked well, but with the advent of rotary cutters, it was difficult to measure to an accuracy smaller than 1/8" so I didn't use the process again.

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  10. That is a good idea for the loser fabric

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  11. I haven't this magazine and I think that is a good idea.
    ciao ciao .....have a good summer.

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  12. I got mine as well and it was the first issue of QNL I have truly enjoyed reading in a LONG time. I normal pass it on after flipping through it, but this issue had some great articles. This eighth one was neat, and the one on the PA Quilt Show and I love the prairie point halloween quilt idea!

    I agree and already use the eighth concept!

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  13. Hi. The next time I go to work I am going to liik for that magazine, if it is stll available. I like the idea. Thank you for sharing...

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