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AAACK!!! Need help quickly on rag quilt seams!!

Old 02-22-2013, 10:19 AM
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Default AAACK!!! Need help quickly on rag quilt seams!!

Hello everyone.. well I've just sewn the first row of blocks on my first rag quilt... Do I press seams open? to one side (this way for one row; that way for the next?) The blocks are denim/shirt material with no batting. They've been sewn together with a big "X".

Thank you for your help!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:25 AM
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I have always pressed them open. This will eliminate a lot of the bulk. Probably disperses the fray nicer too.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:38 AM
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I have never pressed seams for any of the rag quilts I have made. I have taken four ragquilt workshops and not one instructor has suggested to press the seams.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:40 AM
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DO NOT PRESS.....you will need the 2 joined seams ''together'' when you being to make those little cuts!!!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:44 AM
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I never press. What I do to ease the bulk is to cut the width of the seam out of each corner of every block. I find it easier to sew together that way. If you don't want to do that, just lay one seam one way & the other seam the opposite way witch will level things out. These quilts are so fun & fast going together.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:47 AM
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i've never pressed seams for rag quilts- you want the raw edges together for clipping not to one side or open
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:49 AM
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Count me among those who don't press. These are rag quilts ....
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:08 AM
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Thanks everyone... I will NOT press!! :-D Now that I've had some lunch, I can start UNSEWING the first row of blocks which I sewed RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER... sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

I've put a little sticky note on the machine to sew WRONG sides together!!
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I would thinking pressing makes the cutting them harder. I would not press either!
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Hi, the one I made at Xmas I didn't press and it turned out perfect....
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