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Old 02-28-2011, 05:43 AM
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I am working on some blocks that have flying geese border around a center square. After finishing the first block- I have alot of bumpiness from the seams not pressing flat. Is there a certain way I should be pressing the seams? I hate to keep clipping them.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:48 AM
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Here is a method for flying geese that presses seams open

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Old 02-28-2011, 06:17 AM
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I keep wanting to press seams open but the fear of quilt police makes me press to one side. I have read that it is okay to press all seams open and the other method is a hold over from hand piecing. Is there anyone out there who presses the seams open and what are your comments?

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Old 02-28-2011, 06:37 AM
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I have pressed seams open a number of times on quilts in order for the seams to lie flat. The quilt police hasn't found me yet! In fact, I don't even think about the quilt police anymore--it's my quilt and I'll do it my way. Now, the only problem I had when pressing them open was to make sure I backstitched at the beginning and end of the seam. I don't know if it's something else I did wrong, but seams that weren't backstitched starting to come open and I had to restitch each one.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:40 AM
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I press my seams open most of the time, especially where I will have a lot of seams meet, like pinwheels and such. When attaching borders, I press the seams whichever way they want to lie.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:06 AM
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It depends on the block you are working with. For OBW blocks, you need to press the seams open, too much bulk will accumulate otherwise. I sometimes will press to the light side, if I want that edge to be filled out, it just depends on the pattern being used. I draw a lot of mine from scratch.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:20 AM
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How are the quilt police going to know once it's all sandwiched and quilted?
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:52 AM
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Quilt police, what quilt police? :):)

Your quilt, do it whatever way it helps the block/quilt lay nicely.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:56 AM
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When I first learned to quilt the teacher said if you were going to press your seams open then use a smaller stitch so they don't gap. It has worked well for me, like deema said for the pin wheels to get the centers to not be so bulky.
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