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    Super Member Lakeview Quilting's Avatar
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    When sewing block pieces together we press as as we go along so that the seams lay flat and match up. We sew the blocks into rows and Alternate the direction of seams in the rows. All is good, right?

    But then when the rows of blocks are sewn together and the seams in some blocks are in the same direction as the previous rows block, this makes me crazy, do you re-iron seams in different direction so that they lay flat or not?

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    makes me crazy too. I"ll be watching for the answers.

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    It seems like I always end up with one or two that are twisted in the middle. I press them flat. I know it shows up on the front (a little). Others will probably take it out and resew, but I have a hard enough time getting anything done, so, as long as you notice it from a galloping horse it is good for me! I used to try clipping them, but that does not make it look any better, and probably weakens the seam...

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    I just finger press the seam the other direction and then clip it witha pair of scissors so it'll lay flat when quilted!

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    If I can, I try to stagger the seam allowances, both for the sake of the weight and because the seams line up really well if you can push those s.a.s against each other. (They sort of lock.) But if I get done sewing a seam, and find out some came out pointing in the wrong direction, I usually just press flat and let it go. Once in a blue moon I might cut the seam open with a blade and then re-sew with the s.a. lying in the other direction. I guess it depends on my mood and how much time I have.

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    I just posted with the same problem!!

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    I clip it, press, and then sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    I clip it, press, and then sew.
    Yup, me too. This is an easy fix to me, lays flat and no one will see it anyway. ♥

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    try pressing your rows seperately. the first row all seams are pressed to the right, the second row all seams are pressed to the left and so on. just make sure when piecing your quilt that you do not change your mind in row placement. otherwise your seams might be going the same way.

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    When I sew my rows, I try real hard to press the next row so the seams will nest. Most of the time I miss some or sew it to the wrong side - grrr. Drives me crazy too.

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    Whack em with a hammer.. It'll flatten them right up.. :thumbup:



    Not only will they be flat, you just found a stress reliever!!! lol.. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    Whack em with a hammer.. It'll flatten them right up.. :thumbup:



    Not only will they be flat, you just found a stress reliever!!! lol.. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    hahahahahaha :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    That is one nice thing about Eleanor Burns designs. She always has is figuredoutand stated int he instructions so all of your seams nest. When I do any other design, I try to figure it out for myself and generally mess it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    That is one nice thing about Eleanor Burns designs. She always has is figuredoutand stated int he instructions so all of your seams nest. When I do any other design, I try to figure it out for myself and generally mess it up.
    i nearly broke my thumb twirling the joins on an oversize queen.
    i've gone back to pressing seams open to begin with. no problems at all.

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    Sometimes if they don't fit together smoothly, but not always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    Sometimes if they don't fit together smoothly, but not always.
    me?

    when you twirl seams open or when you press them open, you get the same number of layers, so i don't see that it matters. that said, i vote for the one that doesn't give me indian burns on my thumbs. when you count up all the joins there are on a very generous queen, don't be surprised if your thumbs want to run away from your hands. :lol: :lol: when our ancestresses pressed to one side it was to keep the loose batting in. batting isn't loose anymore so i feel it doesn't matter where the seams are. that's just me. :wink:

    edit: whooops! i see that's in answer to the original question. :oops:
    i thought it was in answer to my answer. sorry.

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    I do whatever works.
    I usually try to press my blocks in rows to the seams will next.
    When I screw up, I decide on the fly.
    If it looks like it's going to be too bulky, I'll repress.
    Or, I use the hammer, or the butt of my seam ripper (wooden handled) It does flatten the seam, and I feel a lot better afterwards.

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    I piece in a two blocks then four blocks pattern rather than in rows. It makes matching/abutting those seams between blocks easier when I'm not trying to get them to match all the way across a long row. Then I press the seams of the "four patch" so they go in a circular motion.

    At the last I have only one long row to sew to complete the quilt.

    Jan in VA

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    Thanks all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeview Quilting
    When sewing block pieces together we press as as we go along so that the seams lay flat and match up. We sew the blocks into rows and Alternate the direction of seams in the rows. All is good, right?

    But then when the rows of blocks are sewn together and the seams in some blocks are in the same direction as the previous rows block, this makes me crazy, do you re-iron seams in different direction so that they lay flat or not?
    I do

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    I think that it does not seem to make any if my seams are "callywankus". After the batting and backing and quilting are done then it makes no difference. Stop stressing!!!!!!! DDo a good pressing.

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    Very interesting to see everyone's ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    I piece in a two blocks then four blocks pattern rather than in rows. It makes matching/abutting those seams between blocks easier when I'm not trying to get them to match all the way across a long row. Then I press the seams of the "four patch" so they go in a circular motion.

    At the last I have only one long row to sew to complete the quilt.

    Jan in VA
    This is the way I sometimes do it but you must be careful not to get blocks turned wrong way. .

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    Do any of you have quilt making specialites? I may have worded that wrong but I'll explain. We have friends in our little town who also make and sell quilts. One makes the most beautiful crazy quilts with velvet,lace,ribbons,they are truly works of art. So when someone come in wanting a crazy quilt I reccomend her cause I know I'm not as good as she is. I have another that has all the equipment for photgraph quilts,another that is great at stained glass quiltsand celtic quilts. We specialize in tradional and applique. So we all reccomend each other.Do you'all do the so with each other in your quilt circle?

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    It all depends on the next row on witch way it's laying.

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