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Thread: Swirling Seam Allowances

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    Swirling Seam Allowances

    "Swirling" seam allowances does reduce bulk at intersections. I had this little checkerboard piece that I was playing with to see if it could be done over a larger area or with more pieces.

    It can - but I'm not sure it's worth the effort.
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    i tried it back when eleanor burns was on tv. i don't think it's worth the effort. and i believe the batting helps disguise the bulkier seams
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    Looks good. But it can be a lot of extra fiddling~
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    I noticed quilts that I pressed seams open are a lot softer than
    those I pressed to the side.

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    I have a harder time getting what I consider "nice /acceptable intersections" when I press the seams open than when I press them to the side.

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    I do this "swirling" seam allowance all of the time. To me it makes for a nicer way for the seams to lay. Very nice checker board block.

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    I am going to give this a try. I usually iron to the dark side, or press open. I've been wary of not locking the seam stitching.

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    I unpick the thread to the seam line - I do not cut it - because I feel that if I cut it even with the seam line, that would "encourage" the seam to cum apart.

    So - I am saying I leave 1/4 to 3/8 inches of thread on each seam that is unpicked.

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    oh if i do stars or such where tiny points come together, i do swirl them and flatten. not sure i would do ever single seam in a whole quilt though.

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    It was an experiment.

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    Intersecting seams are more important to me. If intersections are bulky, then I quilt around them. At least the intersections will look good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordan View Post
    I do this "swirling" seam allowance all of the time. To me it makes for a nicer way for the seams to lay. Very nice checker board block.
    I agree Jordan, I always use this method when I can !

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i tried it back when eleanor burns was on tv. i don't think it's worth the effort. and i believe the batting helps disguise the bulkier seams
    I have also tried it and nearly went crazy while doing so. It has to be super big intersection for me to even think of it!

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    I do it as much as possible. Especially on multi seam intersections..love the swirl and it does eliminate the volcano look.....I personally like and try very hard to follow EB's techniques of joining rows so that seams lay flat. It may take a bit of "thinking" and a bit more patience, but I'm not in a race when I'm quilting...it is something I want to do as best as I can....front and back! Jmho

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    Way back when I started quilting I was told to press the seams to the side (preferably dark) and have never pressed them open like you do for garments.
    I like this idea and I try to do it but it doesn't always happen. To be honest I don't have the patience for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by DottyD View Post
    I agree Jordan, I always use this method when I can !
    Me too! Just don't press your rows until they're all done, then it's easier to figure out how to alternate directions.
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    I am making a Scrap Dance top that is all 2" (finished) squares and HST's. I am determined to swirl every intersection and honestly, it is not that difficult nor does it take that much more time. I also leave the 'tail' of thread instead of trimming. I think the whole thing looks neater and lies flatter.

    Bear, using the fabric in your sample, I would have had more trouble keeping my light fabric oriented that same way. Good job!
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