Many blocks with the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler quilt are fast and easy. But often quilters are not aware of the necessary direction of the seam allowances, to be able to make sections/fabrics fit. It is important to:
- Press the seam allowances in a certain direction
- Be sure the seam allowances with the cross sections are placed in opposite direction
I have been working on Block B-4 (page 24): a simple block, for which I have selected 4 fabrics instead of 3. It is traditionally made, by cutting fabrics, sewing them together. The arrows are indicating the direction of the seams, if you are working via that technique.
Because I am working via paper piecing (how to change blocks into that technique: see previous posts about SBS), so my order of sewing is slightly different. The picture above shows the first cut with my Add-a-Quarter ruler and folding template, to get an exact 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Why is it important to pay attention to the direction of the seams? Because you don’t want wobbly and bulky sections on your block. If you make sure seams are in opposite position with cross sections, the sections will align.
Next time more block(s) for SBS – See you then!
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