Practicing 1/4″ Seam Allowance

Because I was so distraught by the failure on the queen-sized quilt from the retreat, I decided to backtrack. I was going to practice my 1/4″ seam allowance and see what happened.


First up: A super simple table runner kit I bought a few weeks back. I worked my butt off on this simple little piece, making sure I was doing my 1/4″ seam allowance perfect.


Looks good to me. On to the next practice piece…


Two Jellies bought at JoAnn’s for just this adventure. Cheap little $5 deals I can play with and throw away if need be. 20 strips in each set, one set of each color bundle. I stared at it while I was ironing them flat, wondering what I could do with it. Finally, I thought of an idea that’s been in my design book for ages and ages – a spiral of color.


I lay them all out the way I wanted them to be and got started…


Sewing, measuring, trimming smidgeons off, sewing, measuring, trimming (if need be)… on and on around in a circle…  I set about sewing them together, working a spiral and focusing more on the 1/4″ seam allowance than on any other part of it.


Halfway done.


Finished. I forgot to get a picture with my camera – this is taken with my phone, so not as beautiful to look at. I’m sure you get the idea, though.

I did really good on the seam allowance so I’m not sure if that was the cause of the terrible quilt retreat quilt or not. I may do another quilt similar to this one and practice some more. I bought a gadget that magnetizes to your sewing machine to help guide your fabric in a straight line at the 1/4″ allowance. Maybe that’ll help even more?

Next up… 100 days of school. Maybe I’ll write that up tomorrow.


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