This was a fun tutorial to put together and I have even included a video (just in case you did not want to read this whole article! And yes I have created a YouTube Channel... very nervous about that! So be kind just in case you leave a comment and critique, LOL!
Yo-Yo's can be used for a lot of projects! Embellishments, backdrops on quilts, and even a full quilt, the possibilities are endless. I love to make them for my garlands that are sold in my shop.
I hope everyone enjoys this tutorial, I had a lot of fun putting it together! Now that I made you all read this post, below is a video with the same information!
First video made EVER, so I apologize for the background sound!
Let me know what you think!
There is always confusion when it comes to quilting, well in anything we get ourselves into really, especially with the terms or phrases we throw out there in the patterns or books we purchase. Just one of those we will focus on within this post.
The ‘finished measurement’ and the ‘cut measurement’…
Confused already? Never fear we will get to the bottom of this and get it all sorted out!
These two terms are use very frequently and they describe many areas of a quilt. These terms can be used from the time you are cutting your fabrics -> building your block -> setting your row to finally completing your quilt.
So let’s first focus on the ‘FINISHED SIZE’
A quilt block’s or quilt’s finished size refers to its dimensions after each of the pieces have been sewn together.
And now the ‘UNFINISHED SIZE’
This term will ONLY refer to a cut piece of material, block or a row of a quilt pattern prior to the quilt’s shell being completed.
In quilting, it can be pretty much guaranteed that we will use a 1/4 inch seam allowance for all construction. This will then mean that our unfinished size will increase the finished size by a 1/2 inch both vertically and horizontally and only on one side each. You see each 1/2 inch increase represents the 1/4 inch seam allowances that have yet to be sewn during your construction.
Throughout our quilt patterns we see a lot of measurements and there are times you will see the tern ‘finished’ or ‘unfinished’. I have finally discovered through MANY trial and errors that when one of these terms are not being used they are referring to the finished measurement of the block.
Now you could be thinking well so what does this mean if the pattern has given me cutting instructions; the quilt will come together anyway… And yes this is very true; take the time to get to understand so as you construct your quilt you can make sure you are on the right track for piecing your blocks.
Quilting is like putting a puzzle together. You know that each piece fits together perfectly and when you try to push a piece in the wrong spot, it just will not fit. Same concept here! When sewing, if you go off an eighth of an inch, the ripple throughout your quilt can grow into the inches. – Now we kinda went into another topic ‘Precision Piecing’ (yes more will come on this)…Hummmmm
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