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Thread: Help! My Flying Geese are lumpy!

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    Hello Everyone,

    There MUST be a better way to press Flying Geese. I've been pressing the center up towards the wings, which is fine - until you start sewing them to each other. I believe this block is called the Flying Dutchman, for one, and I'm having particular trouble where the point of one FG intersects with the left bottom side of another. Talk about BULK! Especially along the main vertical and horizontal seamlines when the four quadrants are attached.

    How to you press your seams so that you end up with a nice svelt goose and not one bulky enough to be eaten for Christmas dinner?! LOL

    I'm attaching a pic for reference.

    Thanks,

    Karla in CO
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    I can't help you with your dilemma, but I had to comment on how nicely your points are. I'm sure someone will have an answer and we'll all learn from it :).

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    looks nice. can/will you take a picture of the back - that will give us more clues about how it's being pressed

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    I have the same trouble--bulk!

    but--Hello from another Karla! :D

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    I spend a lot of time pressing seams open.
    And, you might try steam while pressing ...
    one of the threads in this forum was talking about POUNDING the lumps into submission ...
    lo and behold! The quilting industry has come up with a rubber mallet for the deed.
    You might try the local hardware store for a construction rubber mallet, since it will probably be cheaper. Won't be as purty but hey! What you really want is the mallet, right??? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    looks nice. can/will you take a picture of the back - that will give us more clues about how it's being pressed
    Expose my backside?! LOL Gosh, kinda feel like my slip is showing or something, ha ha. Here it is. I'll welcome any hints or tips.

    Thanks, Karla in CO



    Backside of block to show how I pressed the seams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SharonC
    I can't help you with your dilemma, but I had to comment on how nicely your points are. I'm sure someone will have an answer and we'll all learn from it :).
    Thanks Sharon,

    I'm working on them. Practice, practice.

    Happy quilting, Karla in CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    I have the same trouble--bulk!

    but--Hello from another Karla! :D
    Hi Karla,

    I noticed you, another Karla with a "K" - kinda unusual, huh? Nice to meet ya. That's why I started signing my posts "Karla in CO", hoping to not confuse folks.

    Maybe someone will show us all how to get rid of this nasty bulk. I'm sure hoping that is the case.

    Karla in CO

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    I think you've got them about as good as they can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    I spend a lot of time pressing seams open.
    And, you might try steam while pressing ...
    one of the threads in this forum was talking about POUNDING the lumps into submission ...
    lo and behold! The quilting industry has come up with a rubber mallet for the deed.
    You might try the local hardware store for a construction rubber mallet, since it will probably be cheaper. Won't be as purty but hey! What you really want is the mallet, right??? LOL
    STEAM while pressing?! :shock: I thought we were supposed to stay plum away from that nasty stuff, lol. :lol: Yeah, I'm half steam, half not anymore.

    Guess I've never cared much for pressing seams open. Doesn't that weaken the seam? Or, have I been misled all this time?

    I saw that silly little hammer, and for big bucks, too! Maybe it's time to get out my own hammer. Thanks for the tip; I'd forgotten all about that! :? Thanks so much, Omak for all your help.

    Fearing distortion.... Karla in CO

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