Thanks to my new “Quilting or Patchwork Foot – 1/4″ with Guide” – I now have perfect 1/4 inch seams. It is so easy, I almost feel bad. I thought it would take me years (or decades) to develop a steady hand and eye for that all-important seam width for my quilts. Then, the ladies at Quilts, Stitches & Framing in Brookings, South Dakota told me about this special quilting foot. 
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I ordered one right away and just got started using what I call “the cheater.” Thanks to a metal guide piece shooting out in the front of the foot, it is very easy to SEE where my fabric needs to line up to have exactly a 1/4 inch seam.

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Almost all quilting patterns call for a 1/4 inch seam width. I have never made one that did not. While this may seem like a simple instruction it can actually be challenging. Not to mention, the big effect seam width can have on the outcome of a project. If a person is able to keep that width consistent throughout the entire quilt, then the corners will line up nicely and all the measurments indicatated by the pattern work out well.

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However, if some are 1/4 while others are 1/8 – that means trouble! Those little discrepancies add up stitch by stitch and block by block. No worries though – we can cheat now! This foot is much different than a traditional presser foot.

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While it may be helpful to see pictures and hear me rant about this awesome little gadget – I think it is most effective to actually watch a comparison of the two feet while actually sewing. So, I created a little demonstration video. Click here to watch.

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Hey there... I'm Sierra!

I am from a family of all girls. I always keep a journal. John & I were married back in 2013. It was a miracle then & it is now. We had three kids between Oct 2014 & August 2018 : Joslyn Shea, J.D., and Jesse Lee. We remodeled two houses & moved three times in our first 5 years. I grew up in Missouri, but was transplanted to South Dakota. I am working on my masters at Sioux Falls Seminary as of 6.1.19.

I started Sierra Shea & Co. as a space to curate encouragement for all women toward creative, redemptive lives as daughters of the King of Kings.