I’m getting this in under the wire. It has got to still be Tuesday on the West coast! Tonight on the Wendt Quilting Facebook page I had a question on the “Four” Dinner Placemats pattern. The question was about the wording “offset” two angled edge pieces when sewing a seam. This is very similar to sewing the end join on binding tails. The desired outcome is that after sewing the seam the edges continue nice and even so there is no “jump” at the seam. I will add some photos below on how to make sure this happens.
#1- place the two fabrics next to each other as they will look once sewn. This helps visualize how it should look.
#2- flip one piece on top of the other with right sides together. Make sure to “offset” the pieces so the seam line crosses at the cut edge. (You do NOT have the pointy end at the cut edge. If you do, this will create the jump that you do not want.). In the photo below I have my finger pointing to where the 1/4″ seam line will cross the cut edge.
#3- This next photo shows how the seam will look after it has been sewn. The top edges are in a nice straight line. (Don’t worry about the outside edge of the purple piece. On the placemats, they will be trimmed once all seams are sewn. (And these are the scraps that were hand on my cutting mat!)
I’m happy to clarify this step. This is one of the steps that is also very important in sewing binding!
Look at the awesome contrails that were in the sky yesterday. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many at once! I even saw three jets crisscrossing the existing contrails…wow! Sometimes it is good to stop and look upward! Catch the inspiration of simple lines in the sky!