Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reducing Bulky Seams for a Nine-Patch

i just made nine-patches-with-a-heavier-fabric.
but when ironing the finished block it just seemed too bulky.
so i thought i would share with you what i did.
prepare your three rows as usual. and follow along:

press seams as shown on LEFT.
top and bottom towards center.
middle away from center.

sew rows and press as shown on RIGHT.
away from center.unpick stitches in seam allowance of middle square.
approx. 2-4 stitches.do not cut threads.
just unpick them.then take your finger and pull down seam as shown.move this seam towards center.
until each corner of middle square looks like a four-patch.finger press and carefully iron.i learned how to do this making a four-patch on pg. 38 of Victory Quilts. and accidently discovered it could be done for a nine-patch. surely i am not the first to have discovered this. let me know. the heavier fabric in above photos is Kona cotton.

6 comments:

Julie Bagamary said...

Pretty and functional!

Jackie said...

Thank you for sharing. That technique is the best.

Shari said...

I haven't done that particular pressing, but I have opened the whole seam along the row... I blogged about it in my little tutorial:

http://mumsyblossom.blogspot.com/2009/03/mini-nine-patch-tutorial.html

That's a great idea!

quiltingnana said...

that technique does work!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Super tip!! Thank you for sharing!

paulette said...

You make it look so easy -THANK YOU!
Paulette