Those of you working on the mystery quilt have been asking about pressing the blocks you just put together. As a rule, I usually wait until I have the entire block completed before pressing. That way, most of the edges of the block are on the lengthwise grain or crosswise grain. The grain lines will hopefully keep the block from stretching.
Here is the back of my mystery block after pressing.
Can you see I just pressed the seams where they logically wanted to go? Kind of around in a circle. Don’t be obsessive. If one seam wants to go in another direction, let it! AND NO SQUARING IT UP, PLEASE! I know my block doesn’t seem square, but I’ll press it better after it is contained in the quilt with borders.
After I’ve pressed on the back side, I flip the block over to the front and give it a final press making sure I don’t have any creases.
Next question of course is “Do you use steam?” I have a steam generator iron I love and use steam for the final press. BUT… YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL! I press, not iron the block. (The difference between pressing and ironing: Pressing is just placing the iron down on the surface and gently rolling it over the block. Ironing is placing the iron down and forcing the block forward as you move the iron.)
Here is the front side of the completed blocks after pressing:
Now, only one more clue in November to put the blocks together and quilt them. The big ta da! My quilt is quilted and hanging in my living room right now. It is one of my very favorites. I hope your quilt will be one of your favorites, too!
PS I’ll be traveling to Canada next week so I won’t be able to send out orders as quickly as I normally do. Please be patient and I’ll mail them out as soon as possible.