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Thread: Eeeeek! Quilting OBW Lumps and Bumps

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    I rented time on a Long Arm to quilt my own OBW. I had no problems with the seams. I did a large meandering stitch. Looks great BTW

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    Beautiful OBW. Can't add to the advice already given except to say perhaps next time be a little more gentle with the bias. Pressing the seams open leaves little bulk in my experience and I usually FMQ a meander or leaves, feathers etc. I'm just working on the borders of an octagon one having FMQd vine leaves all over the body of the quilt.

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    center seams pressed flat
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-87433-1.htm

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    I press the seams open for a OBW so that there is less in the exact middle of the blocks. When I quilted it I used a pantograph, because it has so much going on in the pantograph I was able to quilt alot of the bulkiness out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    That's a good pic but in OBW ALL the seams are pressed flat. :-D Here's a video I made, the pressing part starts about half way through http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUnPDdjHZdE

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    That's a good pic but in OBW ALL the seams are pressed flat. :-D Here's a video I made, the pressing part starts about half way through http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUnPDdjHZdE
    I think you meant to say pressed OPEN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    That's a good pic but in OBW ALL the seams are pressed flat. :-D Here's a video I made, the pressing part starts about half way through http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUnPDdjHZdE
    I think you meant to say pressed OPEN.
    :-D
    Yes I did!

    :oops: :lol:

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    I will have to remember to press seams open on my next OBW....I did not do it on this one. After watching the video, I realize that I made things far more difficult by fully assembling the hexigons and then sewing the rows together. I had to struggle with all of those "Y" seams.

    *laughing* Best to research, buy a pattern, or find someone else that has done the project.....but I saw them on the board and just couldn't wait!

    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by San Diego Quilter
    I will have to remember to press seams open on my next OBW....I did not do it on this one. After watching the video, I realize that I made things far more difficult by fully assembling the hexigons and then sewing the rows together. I had to struggle with all of those "Y" seams.

    *laughing* Best to research, buy a pattern, or find someone else that has done the project.....but I saw them on the board and just couldn't wait!

    Linda
    I always tell ppl that they really need the book to make one of these - all the free tutes etc don't go far enough, not only in the construction details but also with getting the design layout right - this is the 'make or break' issue for me with these! After the nearly twenty I have made, I still refer to the books from time to time. I made the you tube thing to demonstrate my own particular (and rather pernickety!) way of pinning the points and also to show the 'wiggle and press' way of pressing an open seam as I heard so many ppl had trouble with open seams (and flat ones! :lol:)) resorted to pressing them to one side then complained about the bulk. OBW are not difficult, just complex if you see the difference and really reward being done 'properly' ie by the book. I hate to see ppl struggle and often note that it's those who haven't invested in one of the books. :-D Please do make another one - don't be put off! They're such fun and it's such a versatile technique - I hate to repeat a pattern and this is the only one I've made several times, everyone is different. And I have a stack of fabrics here calling to me now to be deconstructed and made into something unique. :-D

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    Your quilt came out beautiful. Love the colors. I had to press my seams open on my Hunter's Star for the same reason. It does help, but that won't help you now will it.

    I wasn't all that impressed with the book, the pictures of the process sucked. The quilts were pretty in the book but I could have done without those and maybe a few more pictures of what I actually needed to know.

    I guess I'm a video kid of a gal. Thank God for YouTube

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