Behind the Scenes with Modern Quilt Studio
Call Me Crazy
If you are machine-piecing and machine-quilting, Weeks and Bill recommend that you iron all of your seams open, not to the side. “Pressing seam allowances to one side was important years ago when quilts were only pieced and quilted by hand,” Weeks says. “There was more stress on the pieced seams, and quilting through the ironed-over layers stabilized the quilt. Today, a machine-pieced and machine-quilted quilt is so sturdy there is little stress on the seams and no need to press the seam allowances to one side.”
Photo: This crisp white-and-blue quilt features improvisationally pieced blocks set in structured rows.