I’ve been piecing for 20+ years. I’ve learned so much in that time that I can sometimes forget the learning curve I needed to overcome when I first started. Today I share some helpful tips I wish I would have known as a beginning piecer.
It’s very important to use an accurate 1/4” seam! A difference of 1/8th of a seam allowance adds up quickly as you try to put blocks together. A little too-big of a seam can result in your quilt being 3” smaller than it’s supposed to be. The solution is simple: use a 1/4” foot. Next, practice until you feel confident you can use the foot to keep a straight, even seam
Once you sew a seam, iron it in the direction the pattern calls for. Press as you go. It’s worth the effort because then everything fits better and you’re left with a completely flat quilt top.
I wish MasterPiece was around when I was learning. Why? Because MasterPiece cotton thread is fine enough that when ironed, seams lay totally flat (there’s no bulk!). It also helps that it’s incredibly low lint so I spend less time cleaning out my machine.
I used to get so frustrated and upset when I noticed something wrong and needed to unpick my stitches. I would think of it as such a loss. Unpicking is not a loss, it’s a gain. It’s the chance to do it better. Now, there is a balance to this. There is no need to unpick everything. You are your own worst critic and guaranteed, unless you are piecing a show quilt, you are the only one that will notice that the corners are a millimeter off.
Do you have any piecing tips you wish you would have known as a beginner? Please share in the comments below.