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My Block Doesn't Lie Flat________
Oh no! You've finished the block, but it's wavy and refuses
to lie completely flat. Those are giggles coming up from beneath that uneven surface!
Still...YOU can have the last laugh!
there are a lot of triangles and polygons, and therefore a lot of stretchy bias
edges, do take care when sewing the block together. To keep your block as flat
as possible, be sure to:
(1) Use a dry iron
when pressing. Don't push, pull, or handle seam lines or the edges of the fabric
any more than necessary.
(2) Sew the sections
together carefully and tightly along the paper edges.
Make sure that your sections lie flat after each seam is sewn.
Near the end of construction, check the seam lines that run across the entire
block before sewing them: Lay a ruler on top of the paper to make sure each side
of the seam is straight, and re-draw it if necessary. Try to make the minimum
correction possible. (See illustration.)
it a game to see how perfectly you can get the sections together. Usually, you
will find that one side IS perfect and requires no change. IF there is a problem,
it is usually with the side that has the most seams in it. Check, re-draw, sew
No more laughing blocks!
for your paper piecing friends.
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and Ideas for Paper Piecing
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