“A Dog’s Breakfast”

My favourite teacher in high school had an interesting saying.  If something was gross or disgusting to him, he used to say “It looks like a dog’s breakfast.”  I have been thinking of him a lot lately, because when I look at the back of my hand-piecing, I think “it looks like a dog’s breakfast…how am I going to iron that flat??”  So, here are a few simple pressing tips that everyone who hand-pieces needs to know.

First, go put the kettle on and make a pot of tea.  Everything is easier to do when you are drinking tea.  Speaking of tea, my friend Kathy (an awesome and way-out-there quilter) gave me this tea pot for Christmas, along with an assortment of tea.

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My daughter gave me a Downton Abbey mug and Marilyn (a talented artist who designed my BOM “To Everything There Is a Season”) gave me a Downton Abbey tea towel, so I am all set!

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Now that I think about it, Marilyn gave me a Downton Abbey teapot last year for Christmas.  Hmmm…. I see a pattern here!

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Ok, so here we go.  We want the seam allowances to swirl in the same direction (either clockwise or counter-clockwise), to reduce bulk.  Here are just 3 hexies and I have swirled the seam allowances.  First, I just picked one of the seam allowances and pressed it to the right.  (It’s under the iron.)

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Next, I take my left hand and position my fingers on the connecting seam allowances, folding them in the same direction as the first one.  Notice that all 3 seams are going counter-clockwise.  That is about as complicated as it is going to get.  Seriously!  So, just  remember this, we are only swirling 3 connecting seam allowances at a time.  Do you notice what shape appears in the very centre when swirled correctly?  It is a quilt block called “Building Blocks”. Magical!  I am using Inklingo to make my hexies.  It’s as easy as stitching on the line!

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In this next example, I have stitched these hexies together and am now ready to start pressing.  “Looks like a dog’s breakfast.”

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I am going to do exactly what I did when I only had 3 hexies…press the first seam to the right…the one under the tip of the iron.

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Next, I position my left hand and guide the seam allowances in the same direction as the first one…

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So now I can see that the orange seam allowance is heading in a clockwise direction, so the connecting seam allowance have to follow in the same direction.  Notice my index finger and my thumb are holding the seam allowances in place.  Then I just pick up the iron and press.

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Here is the finished block from the back….

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…and the front.  Fancy!

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I finished stitching the corner block of Friends of Baltimore and dipped it in the sink to wash all of the ink and glue out.  Now, I am finishing the next corner block.  Cannot wait to finish this quilt!

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Once it is dry, I will trim it to the proper size.

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Til next time….

Kerry

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4 thoughts on ““A Dog’s Breakfast”

  1. Great tut, Kerry. Something I need to know. Curious, why didn’t you use your small iron? Like I said just curious. That corner looks fabulous!

  2. Kerry, that corner is stunning! This quilt is a masterpiece already-can’t wait to see how you quilt it.
    When you’re doing the hexies, do you take any stitches out? I know that with four patches, some quilters remove a stitch to make the swirl.

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