My last post expressed my excitement over how quickly and (ah hum) accurately a whole bag of fabric samples became 6.5" squares cut on an Accuquilt Go! die cutting machine.
I planned to make a lap quilt with disappearing 4-patch blocks at our annual upcoming fiber group retreat. I'm not a fan of sewing patches....though I have made some really complicated ones when I first began to quilt.
My skills have gotten worse and I've come to blame my patchwork inefficiencies on my poor cutting and inaccurate stitching 1/4" seams. (a.) blaming the shadowy overhead lights in my studio (b.) allowing the ruler to slip during cutting (c.) disliking the process of sitting at the machine and not taking enough time to do it right!
So now that all the patches were cut, I happily set about making a few test blocks. WHAT!?!?! Are you kidding me.....yes there seems to be a patchwork devil on my shoulder. None of patches match, all off by about 1/8" - 1/4".
After some stomping of my feet at the mere thought of recutting so many patches, I decided to sew them into 4 patch blocks anyway. I matched the seam edges as best I could, allowing the outside edges to be uneven. After pressing, the block was squared by placing my ruler's 6" marks on the seam lines and whacking the offending edges off.
Next I recut the 4-patch and made two disappearing 4-patch sample blocks. Oh dear, I don't like this......basically, I'm not fond of large blocks. The blocks measure 11" unfinished and (for the moment) are too big for my liking.
My plan is to make a few more before I give into the impulse to cut them down to about 9" unfinished. Good thing I took the time to make some test blocks!
Have any of you ever experienced inaccurate cutting with a die cut machine?? This is so typical of the problems I have with patchwork that it's actually laughable!!