Sorry that I didn't blog last week but it was a busy week. I lectured in Decatur, Illinois at the Decatur County Quilt Guild. Everyone was so wonderful and I had a great time.
On Friday, I left for New Hampton, IA to demo my rulers at my friend, Denise's quilt shop, Quilter's Window. She was involved in a 9 bus tour and we had over 400 ladies come through her shop. It was a great turnout and it looked like everyone had a blast! They got to travel to different shops in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa on a 2 day bus tour. Everyone that came through seemed to enjoy the experience. I know that I enjoyed meeting everyone! I'm sure she will do it again so look for a bus tour at your local shop.
I had every intention of writing my new Ask Monique column last Monday but as you see it was a crazy week. So, I decided to do it this Monday. My first question comes from Tracey and she asks:
Most patterns say 1/4 inch seam, some say scant 1/4 inch seam. What is the difference? How do I achieve the perfect 1/4 inch or scant 1/4? and why 1/4 inch?
ok maybe thats 3 ?'s
What is the difference between a scant 1/4" seam and a 1/4" seam and what do you use?
It is actually a scant 1/4" seam. The full 1/4" is measured from the side of your thread to the edge of the fabric. If you sew a scant 1/4", you measure your 1/4" and include your threads. The reason that you need to use a scant 1/4" seam is if you use a full 1/4" seam, then the fold from pressing and thread width will make up a little bit of bulk and your 1/4" becomes a fat 1/4".
How do you achieve the perfect scant 1/4"?
First, it depends on the type of foot you are using. If you use a 1/4" foot, you will need to be just inside the foot, not where you can see your fabric. If you are using a regular foot and move your needle to the correct position, then you need to make sure that you sew several test pieces to make sure that you are achieving your 1/4". How you do this is, sew a piece in different positions of your needle, measure and ascertain which is the correct scant 1/4". It's a great idea to do this for any foot that you use.
Second, there is a really great tool by Perkins Dry Goods that helps you achieve the perfect 1/4" seam. It is called the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide. Check it out.
That is a good question, Tracey! I don't really know but it seems that it's always been a 1/4" in quilting. Maybe to reduce the bulk for smaller pieces? That makes sense to me.
Thanks for the great question and continue to write in with them!
See you Wednesday for Block #5 of the Blogger Girls Block of the Month!