Sunday, March 23, 2014

Scant Seam Trouble

Does it ever happen to you?  You try really hard, practice over and over, measure a million times, perfect the scant 1/4" seam and then it backfires?  Two of my queen bees requested blocks with lots of 2" squares and HSTs.  Neither which I thought would be challenging until...I finished the first Star Value block and measured.  Uh oh!  It was supposed to be 12.5" not 13"!  Lucky for me, the queen is kind and good and isn't banishing me to sewing 101.

Scrap-Bee-Licious Blocks for Liz
hst, scrappy, star value

hst, scrappy, star value

Jan requested Scrap Jar Star Blocks, also with 2" squares and lots of HSTs.  Although I had made the centers prior to my discovery that scant seams were not needed for this type of block, the center measurements weren't too far off.  I was extra careful to be precise for the outside HSTs and corner pieces.  These were a smidge over the 12.5" mark - phew!  She was hoping for a vintage look which I scrambled to achieve from my brightly colored scraps.  

Global Scrap Bee Blocks for Jan

As usual, I am an overachiever and nervous that I will totally mess up for someone else, so I make lots of blocks before I choose the best for the queen.  I'm saving all the extras for either pillows, totes or even a quilt.

Back to the crazy quilt blocks I am working on for yet another queen.  


  1. I feel your pain. I struggle constantly with the 1/4" seam. Your blocks are very pretty, though.

  2. These are so adorable! Whichever you decide to send is just so cute. I love the fabrics and the mix looks really great!. I always have a hard time with my machine and 1/4" seams. I never thought about it when I chose the Scrap Jar Stars. I think it is really going to make a cute quilt! Can't wait to get it all put together! Thank you so much for your hard work on this! :) xo jan

  3. I was working on mine this weekend as well and came up slightly short - that scant is just SO hard to perfect, especially with so many squares! :)

  4. Your blocks look amazing. I struggled with the Global scrap bee block, and after making it a few times I still think I sent off a mess. Oh the 1/4 inch seam, it keeps eluding me!


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