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Thread: bulk in the middle of many joined seams

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    I'm making a block of four triangles that meet at the points. It makes a big ole knot there. Any way to alleviate it?

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    is there a way you can rotate how you press the seams? or try opening them instead of to one side?

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    Are you trimming off the points? I'm assuming you're sewing 2 sets of 2 triangles together first.

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    maybe this will help?
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    Good illustration, Bear.

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    Hey--thanks!! :D I'll try another with your tips--as soon as I clean pastures. ... :roll: I'll let you know how it goes.

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    I unstitch until all the seams meet and press so they lay down in a circular pattern.

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    You illustrated what I was thinking about, but couldn't articulate correctly. thanks Bear!

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    I opened seams in the second one and it was a big improvement! Bear--I tried yours--I sat right here with my square looking at your picture--but there are too many seams to decide which is which.

    I'll open 'em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzic46
    I unstitch until all the seams meet and press so they lay down in a circular pattern.
    Likewise. I simply don't backstitch which makes opening the seam easier. I even do this to 4-patches.

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    maybe this will help - the last seam sewn is NOT touched

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    then release the second layer
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    When I did a Giant Dahlia where 8 wedges meet in the middle the directions had the last 1/4" of the pieces unsewn. When you join them you press all of the seams going one direction and it just swirled around the center. No bulk at all and I was very impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    I'm making a block of four triangles that meet at the points. It makes a big ole knot there. Any way to alleviate it?
    A big hammer to bang them down flat usually works wonders for me! ;)

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    :lol: :lol: Terri!!! I was studying all the comments and photos so seriously--and then comes your comment. :lol: :lol:

    But, but, but--won't it rip out if not sewn to the bitter end everywhere? :shock:

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    just stitch in the ditch where the seam is supposed to be and MAYBE it will hold????? :?

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    I'm pretty sure the dahlia said to lock it. I used the LOCK on my Viking. It was only used in a few areas so it wasn't time consumming. Might be a whole lot different using that method all over a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    I'm making a block of four triangles that meet at the points. It makes a big ole knot there. Any way to alleviate it?
    A big hammer to bang them down flat usually works wonders for me! ;)
    They actually sell a gadget just for this! http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...erfect+tool.do

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    There are pictures and directions of the same technique pictured above on greenfairy's blog http://greenfairyquilts.blogspot.com...lat-seams.html. It's the same, but the display is lighter colors and might be easier to see (it is for me anyway). I haven't tried it yet, but do plan to!

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    I swirl mine all around in the same direction, then beat them into submission :oops:

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    If you leave the last quarter inch open, you can take a pencil eraser and turn it and it swirls the seams and spreads out the bulk a bit. Then whacking it with a mallet is a truly acceptable and worthwhile suggestion. I know it brings me to giggles when I read it, but it works! And whatever works is WONDERFUL! :lol:

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    I learn so much on this forum!!!

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    who would think a mallet would be a quilting tool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    :lol: :lol: Terri!!! I was studying all the comments and photos so seriously--and then comes your comment. :lol: :lol:

    But, but, but--won't it rip out if not sewn to the bitter end everywhere? :shock:
    Hey, I'm always willing to help! lol

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    You guys are killing me. hahaha

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    The mallet wasn't a joke??? There really is such a tool??? :shock: :lol: I thought it was only good for tough meat?

    katier--thanks for that link--that helped explain what bear was telling me.

    It's supposed to rain this afternoon--so I bet I'll get to more squares... I have another question about them, but I'd better start a new post.

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