Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pressing Business

Yes, I admit it! I am one of those people who hated the idea of pressing every seam as I pieced a quilt. I would try to stitch as much as possible before I would go to the ironing board. Okay, so once the quilt was together, who was to know about all those "flippy" seams? It's not like I was going to enter it into a contest. This is what I would tell myself.

And, then, one day Sharon was pressing a top for me while I did other sewing. Busted!!! She really got on my case. Luckily, I had won a small ironing table at my quilt guild. The base of the table is a wooden TV tray with padding and a beautiful fabric cover stapled on. Isn't this cute? It sits right next to my sewing center.
Several years ago I began to cut background pieces for a Sister's Choice scrap quilt using a Bonnie Hunter pattern. Then, I misplaced them. I found them recently and decided to drag out my bag of 2 ½" strips. I began making 9-patch blocks. This was so much fun. And, *drum roll* I pressed every seam. I have gotten 30 of 9-patch blocks stitched. I clipped them together in lots of 10.
 I just had to see what a completed block would look like. See, here is the back without a single flippy seam. 
Here is the finished star block.
All my blocks will be scrappy. To bring it together, I found a bunch of fabrics in my stash that are a funny green. It's sort of a sea green...difficult to describe. All the star points will be one of these green prints. It gives the eye a place to rest. Hopefully, this bed-sized quilt will be mine to keep. We will see.
Happy pressing!


Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh I am so bad about this. I did floribunda when Bonnie did and pressed all my seams and the quilt went together nicely. But, I do run into problems when I try to put the blocks together into the top. I mean how do you know which way they need to be pressed!!!!!! So there I applique a lot. My padded sewing top sits on top of an old treadle base on the right side of my machine,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,it is nice to have it right there. I must admit it does help to have it right there.

Design Originals by KC said...

I quit using steam when pressing during piecing and found that helped too... I have been guilty of not ironing all my seams but it makes a prettier finish and sharper points... your block looks lovely! Can;t wait to see more :) Thanks for sharing! Kathi

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I have a little pressing table, too, and since all I have to do is to turn to my left 90 degrees, I have no excuse not to press as I go. Love your Sister's Choice block ... can't wait to see more!

Rebecca in AK said...

I like your little pressing table. Bonnie Hunter's Sister Choice quilt has been on my list for a long time. I sure love your scrappy blocks! This is going to be a great quilt! I hope you get to keep this one!

Melanie said...

Love your blocks. I love my little pressing table its such a bonus not having to leave the machine to press. x

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