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    I just joined this forum last night and have already gotten so much help! It's like my Grandma is right here with me :-D! I just cut my backing for the quilt and I'm about to sew it together. When I press the seam do I do it flat or like the top do I press it to one side or the other?? Thanks!!

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    Welcome to the board! For backing, usually you take a bit larger seam allowance (1/2" ), and press open.

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    You will no doubts get lots of answers but I always set the seam....ie simply press over where you ha sewn without opening it or moving it one side and then I press both sides to the darker fabric...hope that helps...and welcome from the Uk....lots of great quilters here to really support you.

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    i press open for backing

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    Hello and welcome from the UK!

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    Thanks for the replys Guys!! I just made a 4 course breakfast for 5 teenage boys and now they're opening my safety pins for me :-) Great trade off if you ask me...

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    Welcome from Michigan!!

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    Hello and welcome from the Arkansas Ozarks.
    Happy quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Welcome to the board! For backing, usually you take a bit larger seam allowance (1/2" ), and press open.
    I didn't know this! Always learn something new!

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    Welcome to the board!!

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    Welcome to the board from Texas. I always press mine open.

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    Welcome! Beware looking at all the quilts, it makes you have an ever growing list of quilts you want to make. LOL

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    Welcome from Kansas

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    can we assume you cut the selvedge off?

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    as the others have said - lots of different answers. I cut the selvages off (safe those for your friends or yourself doing selvage quilts or crocheting into rugs)larger seam and press open, depending on batting - polyesters tend to beard out the opening so press to the side.

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    Welcome to Stasia and WOW Holice, I love your avatar.

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    Welcome from Texas. Warning, this site is addictive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stasia
    Thanks for the replys Guys!! I just made a 4 course breakfast for 5 teenage boys and now they're opening my safety pins for me :-) Great trade off if you ask me...
    Sounds like a perfect trade to me :D:D:D

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    Welcome! I'm apparently in the minority here. I usually use 1/4 seams and press open. Just me. Remember - there are no quilt police and it's your quilt.

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    Thanks for all the help on backing seams. I need all the tips I can get because I am self taught as far as quilting and just love all the good ideas you ladies have Sally Taormina

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    Welcome to the board.

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    Welcome to the board from Oregon.We have a tread going called Oregon/Washington Fall retreat.It is a great place to get to know quilters near you.Stop by and say HI,we are planning a fall retreat but we also have occasional get together at each others house.There is a thread called beach retreat that there is info posted about a labor day get together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marscrafter
    Welcome! Beware looking at all the quilts, it makes you have an ever growing list of quilts you want to make. LOL
    so true. It's dangerous

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    Don't have a new comment to add to the many ones already said. Just wanted to welcome you to the Board.

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    Welcome from Atlanta! I always press mine to the side, towards the darker fabric.

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