Monday, November 22, 2010

Pressing Seams

I tried out a new quilt block this weekend called the Capital T Block.

T block for Frieda

I always get confused about how to press the seams on new blocks. Pressing to the side works for some things but open seems to work better for others. With the end goal being that the seams do not become overly bulky making it hard to quilt through them.

Do you have a set of rules you follow for pressing seams? Like:
- HST are open
- Geese are always to the side


Needled Mom said...

I always press my seams open when I am doing a design with lots of meeting points. If I am doing a quilt with just sqaures or rectangles, I will press to sides.

Love the Capital T design.

ircabbit said...

I almost always press my seams open, but I'll make an exception if there's a hefty advantage to pressing them to the side. Like... if I'm in a hurry and want to save time. Or if I sewed a seam that was super crazy and instead of ripping it out I just sewed a second seam next to it.
I'm less likely to press a seam to the side if I'm the one who's going to have to quilt the result. Shockingly selfish, eh?

Tammy said...

I have always struggled with knowing the best way to press seams...and if it's a 50% chance, I typically choose wrong!

I really like that block.