Friday Mishmash – This, That and OMG

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  1. We quilters really are hopeless…I even like just looking at the fabric you bought! It is gorgeous and I know you will use it well. I press to the dark side if anyone is keeping score.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Jocelyn! I am keeping score – HAHA. Just a little informal poll to hear what people think. I appreciate your vote. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Annie says:

    I rarely press seams open.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Annie!
      Thank you so much for visiting and sharing a comment. I only remember pressing seams open for clothes; never gave it a thought in quilting. This is so interesting to hear everyone’s thoughts. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. patty says:

    Glad your fabric arrived! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Patty,
      It was a little tense there about the fabric – HAHA. But all is well and now I am on track for the November goal. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. somethingrosemade14 says:

    Hi Roseanne, first of all I want to thank you for inspiring me to buy Disney Princess fabric–it dawned on me while I was reading your post about your commission for the two quilts that I needed to buy some for my granddaughter who thanks to her mother and I is raising her Disney. I’ve just started pressing my seams open for some projects but prefer to press towards the dark and also I need to have nesting so my seams line up. Your grandnephew is already quite the little man.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Rose! I am thrilled that you got some princess fabrics for your granddaughter. I also look forward to seeing your finished product (and a picture of your granddaughter with it)! I totally get the nesting thing – I love it when they all nest perfectly. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Roseanne, You did share a hodge podge of information! The stacks of bright colored solids are very yummy. Oh the possibilities! To answer your question about seam direction I must address it as a longarm quilter. Seams pressed open are way easier to quilt around than those globs of seams all pressed into a lumpy pile. Those lumps are a longarm quilters nightmare.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Cindy,
      Interesting points about long-arming and valid for DSMs too. It appears more and more that you need to think about the WHOLE project before you even cut the fabrics – stitch length, quilting plan, and countless other things. Sounds like too much work, doesn’t it?! Yet we all still do it and love it. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Kathryn says:

    I press according to what the seam is like so I usually have a combination. I know Leah Day uses a small stitch and I don’t always remember to do that so the dark side it is. Ooooh-la-la indeed that quilt is going to be fabulous – love all those pretty fabrics. Gorgeous 2 month photo, aren’t they so adorable.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Kathryn,
      I know, right?!! So many things to remember – set the stitch length correctly, which presser foot do I need for this project – NOT that I’m complaining! I love having options and learning all this new stuff. ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Sherrie says:

    Hi,
    Love your whole post, so much info and pretties to look at. I tend to press seams to the left or right. Which I suppose is a no-no. But it works for me. Have a great day!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Sherrie,
      It’s not a no-no! It has worked perfectly for you so why fix something that isn’t broke?! This is just a poll of sorts – a debate to see what everyone thinks. No right or wrong is possible here. ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. Shannon says:

    I press my seams open since I rarely SID. Wish I had time to make some stockings. It’s been on my to do list for years and I always seem to be too busy this time of year. Perhaps I need to do it in the spring!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Shannon,
      I think Spring is the answer!! How about a stocking sew along in April or May . . . pick up some fabric when it’s on sale after Christmas and boom – done early. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. Vicki in MN says:

    I prefer to press to the dark-because, being a longarmer, it is the way we like it for SID. But sometimes the piecing just needs to be open seams in order to lay flatter. So it will always be a debate!! What an adorable little guy-did you make the elephant quilt?

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Vicki,
      I love debate – love to hear other’s opinions. I never thought about SID issues. We did make the elephant . . . just for him (of course). His mom had a picture in her mind that we put to fabric. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. Denise says:

    Until my current project I had always pressed to one side. The quilt I am working on currently has a lot of seams and I thought I would try pressing open. Last night I was piecing maltese cross blocks, I couldn’t believe the difference. The iron glided over the finished block, I cant wait to load this quilt on my frame. Pressed to one side a block like this would have had a heavy knot in the center that would have stopped my iron.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Denise,
      I absolutely can see your point! I’m giving it a try on a block now myself and WOW – huge difference. I do have to think about it though – pressing to one side is an old habit. ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. Jayne says:

    Everyone has their pressing ways! I do both. It does depend on the project and the block for me. I like to nest seams. But in the end it’s up to you and there is no wrong way!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Jayne,
      Great point – whatever works is best. Truthfully, no one really know or cares in the end, do they? Thanks for your comment – I love to hear other quilter’s opinions. ~smile~ Roseanne

  12. Ellen Ison says:

    Hi gals, I too have had the debate about seam allowance. It depends on the project I’m working on. You have been doing hst’s alot, and I tend to always press those open. If you do a pinwheel configuration it really makes a difference in the center. It significantly reduces the lump.I would recommend shortening your stitch a little though so there isn’t gapping of the seam which can allow the batting to work out through them. That’s called bearding. When I do 9 patch blocks I do press to one side, which makes nesting the seams easier. Bottom line, do what works for you, but do try different methods to find out what that is.
    Happy Quilting!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Ellen!
      Yup, that sounds like the best plan. One thing doesn’t work for every situation in any point in life – rarely are there absolutes. I appreciate your opinion! I was hoping to see a bunch. ~smile~ Roseanne

  13. That BABY!!!! If I move close to you would you all share him with me? No, I’m not a stalker, just a grandma with an empty lap. 🙂 For the Christmas stockings, you can always take them apart, quilt them, and put them back together. I’ve done that when I bought something ready made just because I loved the fabric. It works pretty good. Can’t wait to see the finished product with his name on them.

  14. Gretchen says:

    Pressing depends on the project. when I’m sewing together foundation paperpieced projects, often there is so much bulk in a seam so I press open. Normally I press to a side but not always the dark side. It just depends on the pattern. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to press. People should just do whichever way is right for them.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Gretchen!
      I absolutely agree – no right or wrong way to press! Or quilt for that matter – it is a creative outlet. Thanks for your comment – I look forward to reading lots of them on this subject! ~smile~ Roseanne

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