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Thread: Opening seams to create perfect points

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    Opening seams to create perfect points

    A long while back, someone posted a little tutorial that told how to open up the seams slightly and twist, to create perfect points when matching up rectangles. I can't find that post now. Could someone please enlighten me?

    Thanks, Cindy

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    I think you unstitch just a couple stitches in the center where all the pieces meet. The put your finger in the middle and twist it.

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    Oh my...can it be that simple?

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    I think this is along the idea of what you are looking for:

    http://greenfairyquilts.blogspot.com...lat-seams.html

    The tutorial is showing it with triangles, but it works with squares/rectangles too. I am doing it on my current project and it makes the intersection nice and flat. Basically, once you sew your final seam on the block, you clip the few stitches in the cross seam and press those 4 seams all in the same direction. The pics will help explain better I am sure.

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    Here's another tutorial:
    http://laquilter.blogspot.com/2009/0...ing-seams.html

    google 'twirling seams' to get others
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    Opening seams won't guarantee your points to be accurate but they will allow the block to lay flatter, thus allowing to be easier to quilt. Eleanor Burns is known for using the technique in the center of a block such as a pinwheel block to distribute the bulk in the center as described in previous replies. HOPE this helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    I think this is along the idea of what you are looking for:

    http://greenfairyquilts.blogspot.com...lat-seams.html

    The tutorial is showing it with triangles, but it works with squares/rectangles too. I am doing it on my current project and it makes the intersection nice and flat. Basically, once you sew your final seam on the block, you clip the few stitches in the cross seam and press those 4 seams all in the same direction. The pics will help explain better I am sure.
    OH! That's it! that's the tutorial I was looking for. Thanks so much.
    ~ Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Here's another tutorial:
    http://laquilter.blogspot.com/2009/0...ing-seams.html

    google 'twirling seams' to get others
    Yup...that's the same lesson, just a different blog. Thanks!

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    Question...do you just leave the pressed block with the stitches removed? Or, do you have to go back in and take a couple of hand stitches to secure it? I suppose you really don't have to do that. It's probably secure enough after it's quilted.

    ~ Cindy

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