Jams and boards

So I now have 9/48 blocks done. Some of them look better than others but my fabric isn’t consistent across the board. Most of my pieces are cut from onesies and are really stretchy while some pieces are cut from dresses and have no give to them at all. Over all though, I think it’s looking pretty good so far! I’m finding that I really wish I’d had my 4X4 ruler when I was cutting the squares out. I’m spending a TON of time trimming the fat off of the squares and trying to even them out. To anybody trying to use a piece of fabric or some jank-ity piece of plastic as a stencil, I HIGHLY recommend spending the $4-$6 dollars on the ruler right from the beginning. Also – I think I would recommend going for 5″ squares over 4″ squares (especially if doing the baby clothing quilt thing) because I’m losing a lot of the logo/prints in the process of sewing my seams together and an inch would have gone a LONG way in saving them. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the way it’s come out, but I think it could have been better. 

My lines have improved SO much since I started. I’m consistently sewing a straight 1/4″ seam but I am still having issues with the fabric sliding or bunching up and getting jammed when I’m first starting a new line. I’m having the most trouble figuring out how to back stitch at the beginning of each seam because the fabric gets jammed in the little teeth that pull it through the machine. I think that’s probably because of the type of fabric I’m using and it’s not stiff enough to stay flat? I don’t even know if that makes any sense to you guys or not….? My grandma recommended that I could spray the fabric with starch because I wasn’t able to figure out how to get the fabric stabilizer to work the way I wanted it to, also because it’s more than I can really afford right now for how much I need. 

Anyways – like I said, I think overall I’m doing pretty well… I want to believe it’s more my choice in fabric messing me up right now rather than my actual skills on my machine 😁

Lastly 

  – I’ve been using a cutting board wrapped in a tshirt (high tech I know 😳) as a pressing board because my ironing board was too… Squishy, and I wasn’t able to get my seams as neat. So I’ve decided to make my own pressing board! I bought all the materials yesterday and as soon as I get my hands on a staple gun, I’m going to assemble it. I’m kind of winging it here, but honestly… I know it’s going to be pretty badass. I bought a TV tray from Target, some really thin cotton batting, and some cotton canvas (in total I spent less than $20 dollars), when I got home yesterday and after my daughter went down for her nap, I laid the batting and canvas on the tray and tried it out, and even not “put together” it worked SOOO much better than the ironing board or my cutting board/tshirt contraption! I’ll post pictures and a “how to” when I put this thing together in the next day or two! Hopefully at least one other person will find this pressing board as useful as I already am! 
Until next time –

Lisa 

5 thoughts on “Jams and boards

  1. it’s looking really good! stretchy fabric will make it hard to get perfect seams so give yourself a break. As for the fabric bunching/jamming when you start – try this: hold on to the needle and bobbin threads as you start to stitch, that will give you some leverage to ‘help’ the fabric move through. It’s helped me out quite a bit.

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    1. Thank you! I’ll definitely try that when I get a chance to get back on my machine later today (hopefully). It’s been really frustrating because I can’t get my seam all the way to the edge at the beginning the same way I can on the end.

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  2. This is looking great. I tried to make a memory quilt out of baby grows a while back and it was a nightmare as the fabric was so stretchy so I definitely feel your pain…I gave up in the end so you’ve got further than me. I’ve since discovered iron on interfacing which is great at giving your material more strength and stopping it from being all stretchy, might be an idea for next time. One of my next projects is a memory quilt for my auntie using my uncles old shirts I will definitely be trying the interfacing on that as they will all be different materials so I will probably have the same problems. Love your pressing board too.

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    1. Yeah – definitely frustrated with the fabric. I’m sure I’d have more confident with sewing/quilting by now if I’d have started on sow thing sturdier.
      The pressing board is working REALLY well! I highly recommend it, I posted a “hot to” yesterday. The best part is that since it’s a TV tray, you can just fold it up and shove it somewhere. Perfect for my small apartment.

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