Over the years I have sewn a lot of quilt blocks. Most quilters have probably sewn more quilt blocks than they have finished quilts. Of course they do, some quilts have 100s of blocks! How do experienced quilters sew flat seams?
I was sewing together the blocks in a Yellow Brick Road quilt and there are a lot seams in those blocks. It seemed like a great opportunity to share the best way that I know how to sew them and have flat seams in the end.
At first you might be tempted to place the piece on the right on top of the piece on the left. The world wont explode if you do it this way, but as with most things, there is a better way. Or as the Russian Hacker would say, “You’ve been doing it wrong.”
Forgive me, I have three teenagers.
Instead, if you place the part of the block that already has lots of seams going in two different directions, you can make sure all will be well. Since you can see them, you’ll be ready for them.
As you are sewing, if you have a sharp pointy tool such as a seam ripper, you can guide the seam under the presser foot. The next seam will be easy because it is facing the other direction.
Now all the seams that met are laying flat, isn’t that nice? When the backside of a quilt top looks this neat, I guess I get a little nerdy because I am really excited about it. But I think being nerdy is more fun, so I will continue.
I hope you found this helpful as you learn how to quilt, or maybe it jogged your memory about something you had already learned. Whichever the case, it would make my day to know that it was helpful.