Before I get to the something new that I'm trying, here is my progress on my Harvest Quilt. I placed the blocks on my design wall without much thought so some rearranging is in the cards. In the meantime, I ran out of fabric. I need to check my scraps to be sure.
Now on to the something new that I'm trying. It's no secret that I've struggled with my 1/4" seam. It's not that I want to be perfect, but I do want to be close. The ladies that own my LQS shared what Harriet Hargrave told them she does when she was here last year for a class. It's all detailed in her book Quilters Academy Freshman Year. Page 23. I'd picked this book up earlier this year. I had gotten up until page 21 when I put it down. Go figure.
Anyways, it involves this notion called the Perkins Ruler. A $5 notion!
It has a hole right at the scant 1/4" place. I put my needle down through this hole.
I then put my seam guide through the hole in the back of my #13 foot placing the seam guide tightly against the ruler.
I screwed it down tight so the seam guide does not move.
Here's what it looks like:
This would work with any machine as long as the foot being used has the setup for a seam guide. A Bernina is not required. I still have some work to do but I must say that my piecing has definitely improved. I'm getting pretty close! I've not had any luck with other feet that have seam guides on it. I couldn't understand why I couldn't get it right and was frustrated. I think it's because those feet allow the fabric to slip underneath and this setup doesn't.
Lesson Learned: What works for one person, might not work for another. Keep looking for a solution! One size does not fit all.
Wishing you a week of Happy Stitches!