However, I do have another strategy…. Not to show you these things; but to instruct you on using spare blocks that may not be the proper size; as they can still work in this design. As I discovered when I measured my blocks; they were too small. Instead of the required 5”, they were only 4 3/4” square. If only, I had used a scant quarter-inch to sew the seams! If this happens to you, I have an alternate way to still achieve the size needed. (Photos below to illustrate this option.)
I will also be using my too small nine-patch blocks to stitch up this design for you to see a complete quilt top (without the appliques, of course); coming later in January.
Quilt Blocks Too Small
Making quilt blocks on a block of the month or quilt along, or just on your own; and come out with measurements below the required size? What do you do about these results?
Not everyone knows that a lot of quilting designs require a scant quarter-inch seam, now; instead of the regular quarter-inch seam. For me, growing up sewing clothing, the seam allowances were 5/8" wide. So, when I began quilting, I thought sewing with a quarter-inch seam was quite small; and not wide enough to hold the quilt together. And, then in 2012, I learned about the scant quarter-inch seam.
My first thoughts were, why? I already save my fabric scraps, create pretty designs with selvages, save my tiny, tiny scraps for pillow stuffing; and want to use my "fabric stash" instead of buying more fabric, that I don't really need. Even the word itself seems so negative. But, there comes a time, when it requires at least a try.....
It was just last week, that I did some practicing to try and sew a perfect scant quarter-inch seam. I'm not sure if I've got it, yet. And, then, I don't know if I am truly ready to commit to this. So, it is up to you how to go about this; and if you have trouble with your finished sizes, I'll even show you how to overcome this situation.
WARNING: (If you like lots of rules, then you'll have to make up your own; because I can't seem to even strictly follow my own patterns; let alone expect anyone else too.)
This quilt is scrappy, has lots of options, and will be beautiful; however, you make it!!
To begin, the squares were cut 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" wide; instead of the 2" dimensions, in the pattern. A regular quarter-inch seam was used to stitch all the blocks together. And when, trimming off the excess, there was very little to cut off. But, now this block is 5" x 5" square.
If you still don’t like the results, either try again; or try another option, to replace this block with another simpler block.
Photos to Measure and Trim Blocks to Proper Size--Using a Regular Quarter-Inch Seam Allowance
For clarity, these colors were used to allow you to see how the ruler is placed onto the center square. If size is adequate, it is ready to trim. (shown in next photo)
As the ruler is correctly placed (in photo above); the top and right sides can be trimmed. Then, readjust the ruler, and trim the other two sides. The block is now the correct size.
Next week, it's about the appliques.
So... if you have questions about the applique blocks, I'll share my thoughts to assist you.