The Basics: seams, pressing, etc.
What do you consider to be the basics of good sewing?
I'll start this off with just two, but feel free to add as many as you want. (Pressing? Fabric? Thread? Colors?)
1. Take the time to cut accurately. If the pattern calls for 3.5 inches then make it 3.5 inches. Wonky blocks are only fun if you meant for them to be wonky.
2. Seam allowances need to be 1/4 inch. All the time, every time. Being a little bit off on seam allowances can end up being a LOT off, even in a 12"x12" block.
We talk about this probably once a year but with so many new people posting this seems like a good time to do it again. Many of us participate in the lotto blocks, in birthday block exchanges and in the round robins so it's critical that we pay attention to some basic sewing techniques. If we do, then blocks made by a variety of quilters still fit together perfectly, colors and fabric compliment one another, seams are neat and tidy. You don't have to be an experienced or skilled quilter; these are the basic steps that determine the foundation of a quilt.
What's important to you?