Have you ever been in a quilting class and had the question of “pressing” come up? I’ll bet you have, and I’ll also bet that you heard a few different opinions on the matter. Pressing seams to one side, pressing all seams open, not pressing at all until the quilt is made…the options are many! None of them are right or wrong, it’s totally up the quilter!
In my experience, the most common pressing “rule” is to always press your seams to the dark fabric. That makes sense, and generally, it’s just fine. But sometimes you are working with patches or blocks that call for a little creative pressing. When I sew blocks I almost always try to press seams so that they “nest” with each other. ”Nesting” is pressing different seams in a block in different directions, so when you sew them together the seams go opposite each other to cut down on bulk.
Today’s Step 3 of the Dozens of Daisies pattern for Quiltmaker‘s Back to School Party focuses on making block Z. Block Z is the perfect example of pressing seams so that they will nest with each other.
Here are the patches for block Z.
The best way to sew this block together is to first sew it into rows. Then press the seams in the top and bottom rows towards the black polka-dot patches. Press the seams in the second row the opposite way, with the seams going towards the green patch.
Then you just need to sew the rows together. As you sew the rows together, it can be helpful to pin the rows together where the seams nest.
If you press your seams this way, your block will be nice and flat, without any bulk.
Of course, there are different ways to press as you go. You may have a different way that works for you. That’s great! Don’t be afraid to experiment to see what you like best. How do you press? We’d love to hear!
Hope you are enjoying the Back to School party so far! Please don’t forget to send us pictures of your finished quilt, we’d love to see them!