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    Shiny Thimble

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    Unhappy I think pattern measurements are off...

    I have 15, 2 1/2 inch squares to sew together in one long strip. The finished product with 1/4 inch seam allowance is 32 inches. The pattern states it should be 30 1/2 inches. Did I do something wrong. I have never been this far off in my measurements before. I am a newer quilter though. Suggestions?

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    Applique Angel

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    Default Re: I think pattern measurements are off...

    It should end up at 30 1/2 - what's likely happened is either your squares didn't start at 2.5 or your 1/4 inch seam is off. If there are pinked edges, that can also sometimes play into it and you'd need to check whether the 2.5 measurement is at the peak, the valley, or the mid-point of those pinked edges.

    2.5 starting size = 2.0 finished after all seams are sewn
    15 x 2" finished = 30"
    Add on the first and last squares still have one side unsewn @ .25 each = 30.5

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    Default Re: I think pattern measurements are off...

    By my calculations each inside block should measure 2" (13 x 2 = 26) and each outside block should be 2.25 (2 x 2.25 = 4.5) with a total of 30.5. Some else please chime in .....

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    Shiny Thimble

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    Default Re: I think pattern measurements are off...

    It isn't a precut. I'm doing the North Pole Sampler with Shabby Fabrics and am having issues with the snowball block. My finished squares are exactly 2 1/2 inches. I will go back and check my 1/4 inch seam allowance, but have never had this much of a discrepancy before... The math above makes sense though. I'm not the first person in the group to have this issue either. I was thinking of taking out one block and put a small piece of white fabric on each end.

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    Block Queen

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    Default Re: I think pattern measurements are off...

    Oh, that's a super cute pattern. I hope you figure out a good solution. I'd love to see the quilt when you finish.

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    Applique Angel

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    Default Re: I think pattern measurements are off...

    If you need to trim the strip down, what I do is re-stitch just a hair past the original stitch line on each one - like a fat quarter inch seam. Do a few, check the length, do a few more, and keep checking until it finally comes down to the length you need.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: I think pattern measurements are off...

    Quote Originally Posted by Squeaky View Post
    If you need to trim the strip down, what I do is re-stitch just a hair past the original stitch line on each one - like a fat quarter inch seam. Do a few, check the length, do a few more, and keep checking until it finally comes down to the length you need.
    Exactly what I was about to suggest.
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    Default Re: I think pattern measurements are off...

    Cute pattern.

    Make sure the machine needle is in the center position. Some machine stitches have the needle moved over which can cause issues. Check that each block is 2 inches after it's sewn. Good luck!

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: I think pattern measurements are off...

    Are you sure you didn't add an extra block?

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