Or any block for that matter? If I don't press every 2 pieces sewn together sometimes I find that the block is off. Know what I mean? But who in the world wants to spend half the time "ironing"? Does this question sound weird?
Haha, not weird at all, I hear u! Perhaps if you were consistent on when you ironed all the blocks then they'd be consistently off & it wouldn't matter in the end? (Just speculating)
.... this should be an easy answer, but it's not, I know the 'to the dark' is the standard, but sometimes that just doesn't work out - I find that often pressing them open is the best way - I just have to be sure i am lining them up when stitching ..working with the DP9 can be challenging as you cut and turn so many pieces, try just pressing everything open and see if that works for you .. sure helps prevent some of those 6 layer bumps! (if you are dealing with bulky fabrics you might need to pin the blocks together at both sides of the seams when RST to make sure you get a clean seam) Regardless.. it's your quilt, do what works for you ..
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Chain piecing then clip to separate the chain as you press. It gives you a chance to get out of the sewing chair and stretch. I see it as a health benefit. But, some keep an iron close to the sewing machine, so they can keep there momentum going. Your choice. I guess another option is finger pressing, but it's not as effective as using the iron.
When I quilt donation tops, I can tell right away if the seams aren't pressed as the blocks are made. They are often misshapen and pucker. I end up using 2 layers of batting to try to work in the extra fullness.
Don't forget you only have to PRESS that fold back part ..not the whole block..Press down don't iron
Once again....quilt protocol for a 'perfect block/quilt' sez to press, emphasize 'press' as TcMay said, after joining each unit and before trimming. Pressing is one of the best things you can do for your block/quilt.
The idea is to get the fabric to fold back easily and give you all the fabric you need for the right size.
Then you have to decide what equipment you will use to 'press'. Your thumbnail, your fingertips, one of those wooden pressing gizmos, a wallpaper seam roller or a hot iron.
For your health, SeeingStars has the right of it. Getting up from your chair and doing a little vertical stretching is a good thing. The chain piecing makes the pressing go quickly.
As in allllll things quilty, it's your choice. And in the case of this particular block, which I love, I find that I'm frequently changing the direction of the seam when I sew the units together so pressing with a hot iron is a must do when intersections start connecting.
Thanks ladies. Sometimes I iron/press sometimes not. If I don't then I want to tug too much to get the blocks together to sew. I really think it's ironic that 2 of my LEAST favorite chores..washing & ironing..are involved in one of my best ideas of a good time..quilting! I guess a little bad to go with the good?
Anyway, thanks again.
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