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Dear Jan,
When I am piecing blocks together for quilting, which is the best way to press the seams? -Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,
There are two ways to press seams when piecing a quilt block. One way is to press the seams to one side, usually to the darkest fabric. This gives the seam strength and durability, but it is also more difficult to quilt if you are quilting by hand. The other way is to press the seam open, which results in a flatter surface for the quilt. First, press the seam as it has been sewn, flat on the wrong side. Then press the seam either open or to one side on the wrong side of the fabric. Last, flip the fabric to the right side and press again to make sure that the seam is completely open. This makes it much easier to match points and seams when joining to the other pieces.