For years I have struggled to seam two end to end strips together at any angle so that when I opened the seam I could guarantee that I would have one continuous strip versus one strip higher than the other. Recently I stumbled upon a way to do this that is so simple I am surprised I haven't seen it anywhere else.
|Two strips end to end before seaming them together.|
|Place one strip on top of the other with both right sides up.|
|Note how the two ends are even on the left side.|
You could line up the fabric on the right side. It is the same principle.
|Cut alongside the ruler. You can save the trim for snippets or|
even for joining later if you choose.
|Now rotate the top fabric 180 degrees. This gives you a sneak|
peek of how the fabrics will look seamed together.
|It doesn't matter which of the two fabrics you mark. Personally,|
I select the fabric I can see the marking on. Turn that
fabric upside down so that the wrong side is facing up. Line up
the ruler at the 1/4" mark. This is the seam line.
|You can mark the whole seam line or just a dash where the seam|
starts and ends as I have done. However, if you don't mark the full
seam line you do need a 1/4" foot or guide on your sewing machine
to ensure an accurate seam.
|Use a 1/4" seam to sew the two fabrics together.|
|I always press my seams open. This produces a flatter|
quilt and makes free motion quilting easier.
|Turn the fabric over so that the right side is up.|
Press one more time for good measure. Then admire your work!