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Thread: when several seams come together in the middle of a block - help!!

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    Smile when several seams come together in the middle of a block - help!!

    help from all master quilters please. when a blcok is created with 5-6 points coming together in the middle (i think it's like a mariners compass), how do you get the block to lay straight in the middle with no puckering? what ideas does anyone have?? isn't there a twisty thing you have to do? or make your seams smaller, just can't get it to lay flat. the sides lay flat and the seams match on the side, but that middle is making me pull my hair!!! thanks in advance for any helpful advice!!
    <^..^> Jyll <^..^>

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    hammer .... starch .... press .... repeat!!!
    It's amazing what a little gentle persuasion can do!
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    Thats when I press my seams open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    Thats when I press my seams open.
    ditto That's what I do as well
    The biggest risk is the one not taken

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    You want to fan out the seam allowances where they meet. It looks like a swirl. Sorry, I couldn't find an image or directions online for this (but I didn't look very long; I'm sure they are out there).

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    Press all the seams in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.
    When you release the 2-3 stitches within the seam allowances and press, the little tiny shape on the back of the block (formed bu the seam allowance) will look like the design on the front of the block.

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    Seams open, I cheat and trim slightly but a good hammering is fantastic.get rid of frustration.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    awesome, thanks for the link.....found a neat napsack backback pattern!

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    I usually press seams open anyhow and this is just one of the reasons! Helps alot!

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