The nitty gritty that isn't necessarily the fun part, but it's what makes the quilt fit together right. And, this is where I went wrong in my previous quilting, so despite my urge to skim this lesson, I'm going to pay attention.
Lesson 1: Threads and Needles:
I'm working with the standard 75/11 needle, and ordered some 100% 50/3 cotton thread online that came with pre-wound bobbins. Should make things a little easier.
Lesson 2: Measuring seam guide accuracy (aka seam allowance)
Yes, I used graph paper and checked my 1/4" presser foot, and sewed along that paper and found that I needed to move my needle over 1. Now, they say this is not recommended, however, it does not create an off-center needle, nor is it affected by my throat plate. So, I'm going to have to remember every time I turn on my machine that the needle needs to move over 1 press of my button. Otherwise, I do not have 1/4" between edge and needle.
Lesson 3: I tested my settings out on a real piece of fabric, and wa-la! Amazing how perfect the measurements make perfect pieces.
Lesson 4: Pressing:
Blah. I hate to iron. I can see that that attitude has also affected my finished blocks because when I actually work with the starch and press like the instructions, WOW! What a nice flat square I get! Ok, this is another area that was not emphasized and will make a huge difference as I go along.
Lesson 5-6: Lets sew a Sampler square!
Next up is my First Quilt Project