On the supply list for my first quilting class (Starting From Scratch on quiltuniversity.com), the instructor, Carol Miller, recommended “Dr. Scholl’s Foot Padding or Moleskin” under “miscellaneous”. It wasn’t until the very end of lesson two did we get to actually sew – after extensive instructions about fabrics and colors and patterns… and then measuring and learning to cut with a rotary cutter… and then cutting all our pieces. Finally we were ready to sit at our machine to attempt a perfect 1/4″ seam, but first a long explanation on the importance of an accurate 1/4″ seam. Since this was my first quilting experience, I took every detail seriously – but somehow thought that the 1/4″ seam thing should be easy enough to do by just running my fabrics under the pressure foot at the 1/4″ line. Well, it turns out that’s not as easy as it looks. So I used the moleskin to line up my seams and my squares were much more accurate. It’s amazing how a tiny, fraction of an inch will cause your quilt square to no longer be square!

Then, my mother bought me an amazing new sewing machine for my new quilting passion. It came with a 1/4″ foot – so I didn’t use the moleskin any more. This week I started a project that required my squares to be square (some projects you can get away with them not being exact) and was having trouble getting them to come out to the required 8 1/2″ square. I remembered the moleskin trick, so drug it out and stuck it on my new machine. And now each square is just right… such an easy trick. And really takes the stress out of trying to stretch your fabric into a square!

Moleskin for 1/4" seams

Moleskin for 1/4" seams

Here’s my project that requires perfect 1/4″ seams…

Batik squares for baby quilts

Batik squares for baby quilts

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