Friendship Star Day today
Friendship Star Day today !
I have been making Friendship Star Blocks with some leftovers ( Scraps ) such a cute little block, once I had made one I had to make another and so on it goes...............
It all started when I had an idea to write about all the tips I have learned about piecing blocks................ But as I thought about all of these things I realised that I have not yet stopped learning !! As I thought about how I would write about my piecing knowledge I was ticking a list off and came to pressing...................... I have always pressed to the side for many reasons. Pressing to the side allows you to butt the seams together making it easier to sew intersections, gives you a ditch to stitch in, makes the quilt stronger ? This last one I am not completely sure of. So......... I decided to test pressing my seams open and see. So here is my half square triangle block pressed open. I have to say I love it so far., so I made more..................
Then I made a few more......................
I put them into piles, separating the different colours......... I know it's scrappy but I still have to have a little control......
Then I decided on Friendship Stars Blocks.........
Oh so very cute.......................
Then I started playing with the layout................ this is just too much fun...............
My blocks are laying lovely and flat !! I don't need to stitch in the ditch, I see an all over quilting design on this quilt. My seams are matched perfectly with little effort. I think I might be a convert.........I think there is a place for both ways of pressing, different ways for different quilt blocks.
I see another 'Small Wonder Quilt
' happening here........ I know I have to keep working on this little beauty. I'm hooked.
How do you press your seams ??
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