I sent my oldest daughter home last weekend with a stack of 4 inch squares I've been collecting to make an I-Spy quilt for our little guy. Her husband works 12 hour shifts, thus I took the opportunity to "replant the quilting seed" as she's already successfully made one charm pack quilt:
The day after she got home, she texted me this picture of her "new sewing area" and even used my idea of pinning a flannel backed tablecloth to the wall as a make shift design wall. I was impressed she already had two rows sewn and I only needed to remind her about "nesting the rows" when she sews them together.
So this tutorial is especially for you girl. Here ya go:
Nesting Seams Tutorial
First, lay your rows on the ironing board right side down and in the order you want them:
Next, you press (not iron) the seams in opposite directions:
You continue alternating the direction you press the seams.
When you go to stitch your rows together, the seams will "nest" flat like this:
And your squares will easily line up:
As you can see, I'm working on my ALYofF 30's Baby Quilt today and am probably among the few women who gets to spend the day without football! LOL