Some of the ladies in yesterday’s Strip Twist class collected their strip variety through the activity of strip swaps with each other.
One thing we did during class was to cut some test strips with various rulers and varying ruler placement in the cutting process just to demo how much variation in strip width can happen so easily without us even realizing it. And we all know that we are not going to be able to get a strip set to reach a certain height if the strips themselves are of varying widths! It’s a recipe for frustration, right?
Well such is the case as one Super-Quilter who showed us a technique that I thought as SO INGENIOUS.
Note the top picture carefully.
Our Super-Quilter was sewing with 2” strips. Some were a hair narrower than others. Some were a bit wider. Some had uneven or thready edges --- and this is where her lesson in precision comes in.
She cut a piece of cardstock the size of her FINISHED strip. Lay the cardboard template up against the first seam line. Align next strip right sides together with the strip set, new strip on the bottom so you can view the previous seam on the top. Carefully sew down the edge of the strip set keeping the needle up against the edge of the cardstock template ---but not piercing it. The lines of stitching will be 1.5” apart, and the strip that is a hair narrow (The underneath red strip that you see peeking out below the top cream strip)) will be ‘corrected’ in the seam.
She was quite quick in working this way ----and I would love to give this a try to see how it works for me. Her 1.5” inches was measured BETWEEN the seamlines, and doing it this way allowed for the thickness of the thread and the pressing. She was getting good results!
I’m really happy that such talented inventive and ingenious quilters cross my path on a near daily basis.
In Instances such as this ----THEY are the teachers, and I am the student!