Today I'm going to share my thoughts on pressing blocks and they are simple.
If the block has an odd number of units -- 3 by 3, 5 by 5, etc. -- and you are setting them together edge-to-edge, half the blocks should be pressed exactly the same way and the other half should be pressed exactly opposite. Then when you lay the blocks out, alternate a block from the first half with a block from the second half.
|These are 9-patch and shoo-fly blocks for the double/queen size version of my pattern, Marie's Scraps.|
|This is my crib/lap size version of Marie's Scraps.|
|These blocks are the 4 by 4 blocks of my pattern, Mississippi Mud.|
|This scrappy red version of Mississippi Mud is brand new -- maybe it should be called Red Velvet Mud?|
When setting blocks together with sashing or alternate squares, I prefer to press all of the blocks exactly the same. While it doesn't have an impact on the setting-together process, I think it has a beneficial impact on the quilting if all the blocks are the same -- I know where to expect the lumps and bumps as I move across the surface of the quilt.
I told you they were simple!
I don't know if there is another "part" to the pressing series -- there might be? Be sure to check back next week and see. And watch for a progress report later this week on my 2013 UFQ challenge -- there has been progress!!!