How are you?
Today I have a question for all of you: do you primarily press your seams to one side when making a quilt or press them open?
I am typically a press to one side kind of quilter. I think it goes back to when I first started making quilts; that was THE RULE. Especially with the older battings; it was less likely to beard or come thru the seams if they were pressed to one side.
Also the seams were stronger and less likely to pull apart. And I like to be able to nest my seam allowances. I find things match up better when I do that.
BUT, there are times when I decide to press open. I may not even follow my own pattern instructions! In my patterns, I usually give what I call “pressing suggestions”. And I usually suggest pressing to one side.
This issue came up recently as I was making a new version of my pattern In and Out. The original quilt was made by Northcott using their line Ikat Sktech from Banyan Batiks and I wanted a version for me to have.
I decided to use Kathy Doughty’s new fabric line for Free Spirit called Horizons. The fabric was sew much fun to work with and a little outside of my usual choices. It has directional prints, big prints and was super busy but super fun!
The quilt has some flying geese units and some half square triangle units and where some of the units come together, it can get a little bulky. I pressed the seams in the first row that I made to one side. After that, I pressed open all the seams open.
I wish I had thought about how I was going to press before making the quilt. If you are going to press your seams open, it is true that it is easier for them to pull apart. But there is a little trick to making them more secure. Just sew with a smaller stitch! A super simple trick – if you plan ahead.
Let me know in the comments which way you usually press. I would love to hear your thoughts! Now it is time for me to get back to sewing- lots to do here in my little quilt studio!