Sunday, March 24, 2019

End Game Quilt Sew Along - Week 3

It's Week 3 of the End Game Quilt Sew Along and I know how excited everyone is to have cut out your fabrics and are now ready to get started on sewing together all your Triangles. This week we are aiming to sew together the first 3 rows of your End Game Quilt.

If you are just joining in - catch up here!

So if you have never sewn triangles before or even just want a refresher here are some of my best tips to succeed at getting nice pointy points when you are sewing your triangles and rows together.

Pins Matter
When it comes to pinning - yes I really do believe that the type of Pins you use matter and can make a big difference to your sewing.  I have taught many students over the years and a simple way to make a big difference in how you pin, is to use good quality, fine pins designed for Patchwork.  Big, bulky, thick pins will make things harder to line up - they disturb the fabric more when pinned through your fabrics and sometimes they can snag your fabric if they are rusted or have burs along them.  

Fine Pins for Patchwork are a worthwhile notion to have in your Quilting Toolbox - I like to use Clover Fine Patchwork Pins (as pictured below and this isn't a sponsored add - just my personal opinion).  They are sharp, nice and fine and are perfect for use when quilting.

Pin Placement Tip

When it comes to pinning your rows together - one of the best tips I can give you is shown in the Steps below. It's all about lining up, checking and then the placement of your pins.

Step 1 - Once your rows are sewn together (as per the pattern instructions), to line up the points as perfectly as possible - match the rows right sides together. Then slightly open up along the raw edges of where your sewn seam line will run and match the Points here at 1/4in. Don't just assume you have everything magically perfect to sew along the 1/4in raw edge seam line.  Take the time to match each triangle tip.

Step 2 - Place a pin on an angle at the 1/4in mark where you will sew your seam.

Step 3 - Pin all the triangle points, matching carefully and then pinning along the row.  Sew the seam ENSURING to take out your pins just before you get to them. This is where if you have nice Fine pins the aligned fabrics are not disturbed by shifting bulky pins.  
(NEVER sew over Pins!) 

Step 4 - Stand back and admire your perfect alignment of your Triangle points.

Cutting Inspiration

Check out these pics from the #endgamequilt hashtag


Check out the amazing prizes from this weeks Sponsors

My Fabricology has 2 - Tied with a Ribbon Quick Cut Kits for 1 winner

Cottoneer has this gorgeous Lucky Strikes FQ Bundle from Figo Fabrics for 1 winner

So to be in the running post your pics from the weeks prompt on Instagram to - #endgamequilt#endgamequiltsewalong and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

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