Spin­ning Cen­ters to Re­duce Bulk

Annie's Quilting for the Home - - News -

When sewing a block where nu­mer­ous points meet to­gether, there can be a lot of “bulk” in the seam al­lowance on the wrong side of the fab­ric. This ex­tra bulk pro­hibits the block from ly­ing flat when pressed. One op­tion is to trim the points off, thus re­duc­ing the amount of fab­ric in the seam al­lowance. An­other op­tion is to “spin” the cen­ter of the seam al­lowances, thus dis­tribut­ing the bulk more evenly.

1. Stitch the block as usual nest­ing seams at any in­ter­sec­tion (Photo A). 2. Be­fore press­ing, re­move ap­prox­i­mately three stitches in the seam al­lowance from each side of the pre­vi­ously sewn seams (Photo B). 3. Place the block on a press­ing board right side down (Photo C). 4. With your fin­ger, push the top seam to the right and the bot­tom seam to the left (Photo D). This will re­sult in the seam al­lowances spin­ning in a clock­wise di­rec­tion. 5. The cen­ter will pop open and the seam al­lowances will swirl around the cen­ter of the block. Press with an iron to flat­ten the seam al­lowances in place (Photos E and F).

Photo F

Photo D

Photo E

Photo C

Photo A

Photo B

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