Part of learning to make quilts is learning to press patchwork seam allowances in a way that creates the most attractive results. Patchwork that lies as flat as possible and has no dark fabrics showing through light patches is much prettier than work with seam allowance lumps or lots of fabric shadowing. Proper pressing can also help seams line up correctly, keeping star points sharp and intersections straight.
Although it sounds simple, pressing is actually a pretty advanced quilt making skill, and something that even experienced quilters make a conscious effort to get right. It’s best to develop a new pressing plan for every project, following certain tried and true rules of thumb, and breaking the rules where needed.
Since pressing is something you really need to SEE to understand, our free online library includes a video by Laura Stone Roberts that demonstrates lots of tips for patchwork pressing, including how to plan and press opposing seams. This week’s Tuesday Tutorial is this very helpful video. Watch now, and then give Laura’s tips a try!
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And check out these tools and notions to help take your pressing to the next level!