Sunday, November 18, 2012

How Do I Make Perfect (and pretty) Points??

Hello Girls, As you know I have trouble with precision. This is again very obvious to me with the blocks for Micaela. This is what I mean...

Eeek! Shudder! Gasp!

Any suggestions to tidy up my work?? I have tried sewing from the center to the outside edge when sewing two triangles together and also sewing two halves together (four sewn together triangles to four sewn together triangles). Also when I tried sewing these two halves together, the center was a bit uneven so I took my ruler and evened it up all the way across, should I have done this?

Any suggestions are much appreciated! Anyone who can show me in a photo what your pieces look like in the final stages before they are sewn together, this would be helpful too!  Thanks!!

PS: Micaela, don't worry, I will not send you the block shown above! :-))


  1. Oh Jennifer... :)) you know I held my breathe each time I viewed my end result, hoping that my points matched up. I think it was pot luck for me! I do have a post-it note stuck to my machine so that my 1/4 inch seams are perfect each time (I think Katy shared this technique) as my 1/4 foot is way out. Maybe this is helpful? Bonne chance my friend!

  2. Jennifer- Here is the link to Don't Call Me Betsy's Kaleidoscope QAL where she talked about this step...
    I do not trim my groups of triangles and try to finesse them into place. I also use A LOT of pins. It does help to iron the seams in a pinwheel so that there is not so much bulk. When I did the QAL I had to take out a few seams to get them to a nicer point.
    Amy (USA)

  3. Well, you'll notice that mine aren't exactly perfect, and that is fine with me. It is tricky, and I'm getting better as I am making more, but no pressure. I love your fabrics, especially the orange, and whatever you send will be great.