1) I pre-wash my fabrics. They go in the washing machine and go through part of a wash cycle, then spin and next the dryer. The only exception is when I am doing a stack and whack technique where I have to match up layers of identical prints, these I don't wash as then it seems so much harder to match them.
2) Press your fabric after pre-washing and then let it sit and cool before you cut. The action of the ironing pushes the fabric all around and might stretch it a bit. The fabric needs some time to relax after all that exertion. You don't want it relaxing after you have cut your pieces as they might shrink ever so slightly and then it will throw off the size. Every thread width really does count.
Lesson 10, I am now up to date. These square in the square blocks were sewn with over sized triangles then trimmed to size. Yes, it did was a bit of fabric, but I didn't cut off any of the points. The squares were designed to be a bit small so that they float with in the unit.
3) Cut accurately. Look at your rulers very carefully and you will notice that all the lines have a thickness. My rulers have some lines than are thinner and have cross hairs. Those are the ones that I line up with the edge of the fabric. If you are a thread or two too small or to large, it will affect the result as all those threads add up. Also, if you are making a long cut, you should walk your fingers along the ruler. (cut a few inches, then move your other hand up the ruler to hold it firmly, then cut some more, stop and move your hand, then cut some more.). You can't hold the ruler steady from one spot and expect it not to move 15 or 20 inches away. You should also check that you haven't shaved off the corners of your ruler. I know that one of mine is no longer quite square as I have nipped it with the rotary cutter a few times. Time to replace it.
I hope that you find these hints helpful.
I am being diligent at working at these little churn dash blocks. It's like eating popcorn, I can't just eat one handful, I have to eat a bunch. Well, I can't just sew one of these blocks....
Love these long weekends that are spent at home, it always give me extra sewing time. Today daughter started her last year of high school and in theory that gives me more stitching time during the day, but I'm not holding my breath, other errands await.
My Travelling Jane quilt has been visiting Ada at The Light-Hearted Quilter. Ada promises that she'll share Jane's continuing adventures in a future post.
Marie, at Daisy's Book Journal, has had her fingers flying. Two new knitting projects and a Zentangles plan for the year.
Over at Lit and Laundry, Sarah has posted an update about her intricate Santa's Village Cross Stitch.