Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Piecing Issues

I figured this log cabin block would be really easy.  After all, I managed nearly 1440 1.5 inch finished 9-patches right?  I'm off by at least 1/4 inch.  This is only 1/4 of the block.  The other three work together to make the entire block.    

I've run into some problems:

1.  Some of the fabric is very sheer making it hard to piece.

2.  Some of the fabric is thick and the threads fall off when you use them.  Because it's 1.5 inch strips losing one thread makes a difference.

3.  Normally I enjoy Aurifil thread, but the color I'm using appears to be much thicker than the white I have.  I guess I need to adjust my needle position to compensate.  Or find a thinner thread.  I need brown to match the fabric or I would use the white.

It's back to the drawing board to find the best way make the pieces work.   


Anonymous said...

I always starch my fabric before I cut it when I know tht I am going to deal with small pieces. This tends to cut down on the fray totally in most cases and your pieces aren't so frail to handle.

Anonymous said...

I use white and off white thread on everything I piece. I only change colors when I top stitch. Makes life a little easier. And no the white doesn't even show on the black.

Anonymous said...

It looks to me like you are not quite sitting centered in front of the needle as the top seams are less deep or it could be the dreaded swing to the left because of the wider feed dogs. Hold your left index finger right next to the block the last couple of inches.