I hope this is the right place to post this question, but I really need some help here. I am working on a patchwork large quilt and am to the sash strips point. Despite my very careful cutting and attention to my seam allowance I have ended up with some very wonky edges. I have tried to hide some of this in th seam allowance but some places need more than that. I am still kinda a beginner and had this problem while making placemats and ended up turning the 9 patch into smaller wonky pieces and put them back together. I can’t do that now... any suggestions for this one or my future endeavors?  Thanks so much

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Comment by Julie Beard on December 29, 2017 at 8:33am

Hello Juliana,

I'm extremely sorry that you are having issues with your current project. I am wondering do you have access to a camera so you can take some photo's to show us at my quilt place exactly what has happened to your project. So we can assess your situation and permit us to offer you a remedy as well. There are a many good quilters here who can offer the most appropriate advice and hopefully prevent them from occurring again in the future.

Being a beginner quilter and without a huge vast of knowledge behind me I am hoping that a more experienced quilter will understand your situation and respond with the most appropriate answer. I know it has been a while since you posted your initial questions. I am hoping you have been able to find an remedy to for your situation or have been in contact with another quilter who has been able to help you resolve your situation. I will look forward to hearing from you to whether your situation has been resolved or is still on going. Julie Beard. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 22, 2017 at 5:56pm

You asked how to remedy the problem for future. A lot has to do with fabric quality. I find the thinner fabrics stretch while sewing , then shrink when washed. You'll often have a mixed variety of quality to work with...so, unless you're using precut strips or squares, l reccommend prewashing the fabric, then spray with starch or bestpress before cutting. This adds stability to any fabric. Next, pay attention to whether you're cutting long pieces across the grain ( width of fabric) or along the grain ( vertical) The vertical cut almost have no give/ stretch. The crosswise direction can often stretch while sewing.

To avoid piecing problems pin at intersections, and beginning/ ending of each row of pieces you add to a block. As a beginner, stay away from bias ( cut on diagonal) pieces such as diamonds, until you gain confidence and expertise.No one gets exactly perfect edges along a block, but do your best to keep variance at no more  than 1/16 th ". Squaring blocks can ruin star points etc. So try to keep things even. If a strip won't fit while pinning, examine it to see if it was cut incorrectly or the seams are off. Recut, resew, or replace if it won't work. A little reworking the small pieces avoids big trouble later on. Although you may feel frustrated at times, remember that every mistake leads to a learned lesson. All of us are still learning! Try to keep things simple to start...then add to your repertoire of skills gradually. Good luck...and remember not to frett over minor imperfections. The quilt's owner will be enjoying the overall effect of color and warmth, not examining each stitch.

Comment by carla j walton on December 22, 2017 at 11:09am

i am not 100% sure I understand your question but first of all you would need to make sure strips are cut right. you would pick up your yardage after it is ironed and hold one selvage side. then pick up the other side and line them up. it will be in half at this point.  look at the bottom. is it laying perfectly flat? probably not. slide one of the sides sideways until it lays flat. this gets the fabric on grain. you can now lay it down gently without shifting and cut a straight edge. make sure when you cut your blocks that the line of your ruler is ON the fabric and not beside it. make sure that you press seams to the dark side and that you butt your seams when sewing. and finally be sure to trim your blocks at each stage to the accurate size.  

as far as your current project goes. did you sew the strips to the edges using a long strip? if so that will not work! you must measure your project through the center and cut the sashing to size. then attach it starting at the center of the quilt  and work your way out. this may be as clear as mud but you can go to you tube and watch ''how to attach sashing" in videos. you tube is your friend. use it often! it is free lessons on quilting and getting to actually see it done. I hope this helps. 

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