How to Properly Press a Quilt Seam

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Quilting,Sewing

citron gray quilt

But first…I finished the Citron Grey quilt top! I think I’ll call this quilt Half Crazy. I love it!

proper pressing technique

Pressing seams can be tricky in quilting…open or to the side…? I think it’s a matter of preference. I used to be a strict open seam believer (because I learned to sew clothing first probably) but I do like the look of pressing them both to one side.

I’ve read many quilting books that all recommend this method of pressing.

Lay the fabric out just as you sewed it together, right sides together.

pressing tips

Press the seam as it was sewn first, just flat and straight with the seam away from you and the fabric coming back towards you.

how to press a seam

Lift the top layer up and over and press so that the seam is still facing away from you underneath.

This is a very easy and nice way to press I think. And they always say to “press” and not iron (which means not to slide the iron around on the fabric but to lift and press) but I have a hard time remembering and being patient enough to do that.

I have plenty of scraps from this quilt and I think I’ll make Baby #3 a little car seat quilt…do I have enough time??? We’ll see!

(And a word to the wise…I’ll be doing a giveaway of this Citron Grey Michael Miller fabric next week!)


1 Jenny August 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

Kelsey, it looks great. Good job!

2 Kelsey August 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

The colors look kind of weird in the middle cause of the back light. I think my husband was wearing a red shirt…

3 Keri August 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

I”m so glad you’ve converted to the true way to press quilt seams. And I love the quilt – half crazy is a good name….one I can relate to.

4 Michelle August 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Gorgeous quilt! And the name is fun. I was always a press-seam-to-the-dark kinda gal, that’s what you read in almost all the quilt books, but became a press-open convert after reading some of Elizabeth’s (Oh! Fransson) tutorials. I’m sure they each have their place, there’s no hard and fast rule. I do like to press intersecting seams so that they swirl and are much less bulkier, though.

5 Sue D August 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I have been confused by which way to press seams on quilts–thanks for showing us how.

6 Pam Pike August 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

So nice to have be introduced to you by Ucreate. I love your quilt especially the colors/fabrics. I look forward to reading over your blog.

7 Racheld September 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Really nice! It’s th the proper way of pressing it:)

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