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    Herringbone design question

    Today I started sewing my squares and I actually cut a few. The first thing I noticed was that my 10 inch squares of the floral fabric I had purchased is NOT 10 inches square. Each one is about 1/4 inch shy on one side. I have used and cut 10 of these, sewing my 1/4 inch using the edge of the smaller fabric for my guide. Then I quit, as my intuition is telling me this is going to be a mess. Would you agree with me, or do you think this will be overcome as I out these triangles together? Thanks!

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    I hate when is happens. I have the same problem with the disappearing hourglass. I've sewed several and then gave up because there is not way (that I know of) this will end up the same size and precise blocks. I wish manufacturers would be more careful. Good luck. I'm going to monitor this post just in case someone can shed some light on how they have dealt with this and succeeded in the past.

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      #3
      Re: Herringbone design question

      I would square up all the HST units to the same size before sewing them into the design.
      *~* Myrna *~*
      *~* Quilters lead pieceful lives *~*

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        What Myrna said. Just trim your blocks to the size of the smallest one. The loc bloc ruler will make this easy. I bought a layer cake of Kafe Fasset to make the floating blocks/illusion quilt, only to to finally see half of the square were more than 1/2 inch off. Made me so darn mad I did not check them first, not to mention they came that way. In the past, I bought some charm packs at a rural quilt shop and one charm in the middle of the pack was only half the size! I learned later that there is a "seconds" market out there somewhere that some quilt shops buy from. Sad, but true.

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          #5
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          Fortunately, the Chloe 10" squares I used for my Herringbone quilt were okay. I used my Creative Grids 6.5" square ruler to trim all the HSTs. There are pics in my albums of the finished quilt. It was a wedding gift for my gr. son. I saw a pic on the web just last week of someone who made a scrappy Herringbone quilt. It was really pretty.

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            #6
            Re: Herringbone design question

            Has anyone adapted the herringbone design for a baby/crib quilt. If so, what size squares did you end up with?

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              #7
              Re: Herringbone design question

              You've got this! Square up your blocks to the smallest square and go from there. Just be consistent in your seam allowance.
              Katrina
              “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou

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