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Mandy's Top Ten Piecing Tips

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Mandy's Top Ten Piecing Tips

Alison Owens


Here are some of my Top Tips for Piecing, ideal if you are making block 6 of the Secret Society Quilt. It really is worth following the rules and taking you time as this will lead to need and accurate seems every time.

  • Lightly press the fabric you are using with spray starch, use Mary Ellen’s, it is water based and smells lovely.

  • Gently press your seams, do not over press and stretch the fabric.

  • Use a rotary cutter, rule and mat for the cutting. Make sure your blade is nice and sharp. Just be aware any lumps and bumps in the cutting mat can affect the size of your pieces.

  • Use a fine propelling pencil when marking. Thick, unsharpened pencil marks can make a difference in the final block size.

  • Use fine good quality pins to hold your pieces together. And yes I do sew over my pins, but I always go gently.

  • Clean out the fluff from your machine regularly and change the needle after every large project. Use the correct foot and a good quality needle.

  • Use your quarter inch foot as a seam guide. Beware that different machines can have slightly different seam allowances

  • Trim ‘ears’ off as you go, on pieced seams.

  • Use your blocks as a guide to help match perfect seams, if you sew through the triangle at the join in this photo, the seams will match perfectly.

  • Blocks like a pin wheel can be notoriously difficult to get the centre neat and seams matching. Don’t be tough on yourself if it is not perfect.


Finally, love what you make

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