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Disappearing 4 Patch, pressing issues

Old 05-15-2017, 11:32 AM
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Hello! I'm back into quilting after veering off into the land of knitting for a while. I'm putting together a disappearing 4 patch, where I'm turning every other block 90 degrees. I've pressed all the blocks the same, so now I've got joins where the seams are going in the same direction. What's the best way to put this together? I guess I can re-press all the offending seams in the opposite direction. Should I do all the re-pressing in advance? Or re-press as I go?
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:16 PM
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Gasp, when I made that quilt I pressed all of my seams open. I know that's supposed to be a big no no in quilting but it's what works best for me at times.
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:01 PM
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I wouldn't bother repressing... I would just sew them as they are. Sometimes it happens, and it's not the end of the world.

I just finished a quilt top where because of how it was constructed, seams went every which way. Sometimes they locked, other times they were in the same direction. It would have been almost impossible to plan so that they would match, and repressing wasn't an option because some were sewn down elsewhere in the block. I just went with it, and it turned out fine; once it was assembled I couldn't even tell from the front.

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Old 05-15-2017, 01:04 PM
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If you know the layout of your blocks, pressing them in advance would be quicker. You can also just leave them as is. In my experience, there are some patterns where having alternating seams is impossible.

And Mom, pressing seams open is totally acceptable. I've made many patterns, especially modern quilt patterns, where the instructions call for pressing seams open. It's a matter of choice, and I think it's certainly better than having two seam allowances going the same direction. It does take a lot longer, which is why I avoid it if possible.
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:20 PM
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Thanks everyone. I think I'll try re-pressing in advance. It might not be as bad as I think, as the blocks can be flipped 180 degrees if necessary. But also, I won't worry if I end up with seam allowances going in the same direction. (even though the thought grates on me!) I also just finished a small quilt where my final seams I pressed open. That is not easy. Especially when you forget to turn off the steam. Ouch!
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:59 PM
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I don't worry if some are sewn down. To get a good looking intersection. I flip the end of the seam so they nest, pin and then flip the way they were pressed. That works for me.
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When I am doing complicated blocks (lots of seams) I always press them open. Much easier when starting to join all those seams together.

If it's just a simple block, I press all to one side.
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Old 05-16-2017, 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by MarionsQuilts View Post
When I am doing complicated blocks (lots of seams) I always press them open. Much easier when starting to join all those seams together.

If it's just a simple block, I press all to one side.
This is what I do too
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:03 AM
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If you are making a quilt for competition...redo all the pressing. If you are making a utility quilt...just get the dang thing flat.
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:37 AM
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So half the seam allowance goes one way and half the other way? Sounds reasonable.
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