Sharing seeds of kindness through quilting…
I’m working on a couple blocks for a quilt that will be for a specific person. It’s called a manifestation quilt. Each block in the quilt will represent some personal growth or goal for the recipient. It could be money, health, education etc, but is made with a specific persons life in mind, sending good “vibes” their way.
I have not met the person that will be getting this quilt. I’m relying on the information from other friends and family. I do know she likes purple so I’m putting a little purple into the block. I chose to do a Phoenix block, the idea of “being reborn and emerging from the ashes, new life” being the symbolism. Here’s my block so far. I will be adding some crystals after the quilting. It will be fun to see some of the finished blocks and what others working on the quilt will come up with.
I’ve settled into one side of my space.
Pressing questions come up a lot when I meet with quilters. When a quilt tops arrives at my door they may have been pressed but often they have not held the press. When the seams pop up the quilt doesn’t lay nice and flat for quilting. I often cannot reach under and flip them to lay flat or they change direction mid seam. It makes a huge difference in the end result when a quilt is well pressed. The seams are properly pressed, stay pressed and lay flat for quilting.
If you want to take your quilting to the next level I suggest taking a look at the way you press. When and the direction you press matters. If you wait until it’s all sewn to press, how do you know which way the seams should go? The seam is not fully open for sewing to the next piece. If there is an issue it will be found sooner than at the end and can be fixed. Pressing during block construction will also make the final press easier.
Once the quilt is well pressed, carefully fold it and place it on a hangar. I cannot stress enough… don’t put it in a bag. They just don’t hold a press when in a bag.
I found a great article about pressing with step by step photos. Here is a link to it: https://shop.mybluprint.com/quilting/article/how-to-press-quilt-seams/
There is always more to learn when quilting. Be open to trying new things. Grab your favorite beverage and give it a try! It might end up being your next favorite thing.