16 patch block

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by , 06-16-2012 at 04:18 AM (392 Views)
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Quote Originally Posted by quiltykim View Post
Hi! I am making 16 patch blocks and cant figure out if I should press the 4 row seams to one direction or use the twirly thing trick which opens up the seams a little more. Help!
What I've been doing is treat each individual block as always-----iron to the dark. When I sew the 4 blocks together, I number my rows, then iron each uneven row to the left and even rows to the right. When I connect those rows, i don't end up with a lot of fabric in any seam.

And remember that flat side of the meat tenderizer hammer helps flatten bumpy junctions.
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  1. helper's Avatar
    If you are planning on having this quilt done by a long arm quilter, it is best to press as many seams in a row in the same directions so they can stitch in the ditch as long as possible. It is a head ache to try stitch in the ditch, which is the way most long armers stablize a quilt, when every other seam is pressed in the opposite direction. Retired long armer.

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