Disclaimer: I am totally embarrassed to show you the state of my ironing board cover…pretend it’s something cute and I haven’t scorched it.
I had a question a few weeks back about getting quilt blocks to lay flat, so I thought I’d share with you my favorite pressing tip…I use it always.
I’m pressing these units of a quilt block (in my new fabric line…I’ll show you soon!!!). I’m pressing the corners out, and I stack them as I press about 4 or 5 units high…it makes those seams bend backwards a bit and get extra flat.
Then, stick a floppy book or magazine on top! Leave it for 30 seconds to a minute, so they can start to cool as you press the next batch, then take off the book and move it to the next batch of pressed pieces. Leave them there an extra 30 seconds or so to cool.
When you are done the seams will be super flat…and they will stay flat as you sew them into a block. You can repeat this every step of the way.
Most importantly…don’t move your freshly pressed blocks until they are cool (still slightly warm is OK). The fabric fibers expand when they are hot, so if you move them while still hot they won’t hold the flat shape you want them too (just like curling hair!). That goes for whether you use a book or not…let those fabrics cool!
Other stuff: I use a couple of floppy books I bought at a yard sale. The covers have become very slightly warped after months of sitting on really hot blocks. Don’t do this with a book you love. I’ve never had any book or magazine transfer onto the fabrics, even when slightly damp. I mist lightly with water if my seams are being stubborn and on the final press of my blocks. Other than that I rarely use steam or starch alternative.
If you don’t do this already, try it and see what you think!