Pressing Hexagons

A couple posts back, I showed you a tiny hexagon piece I hand pieced in the car during a trip. I thought you may be interested in how I press the backs. I do not use English paper piecing with my hexagon pieces, I mark the seams and hand piece as any other block. However, when it comes to pressing, I am pretty fussy with these. I ‘twirl the seams to reduce bulk at intersections. This is especially important when working with really tiny pieces! Here is the front again to remind you of what I was working on:

And here is what the back looks like:

In the photo above, you can see my marked seam lines. Here is a close up:

Can you see how the twirled intersections form a tiny tumbling block? I finger press as I piece and press with the iron when it is convenient. In other words, this got pressed when I arrived and the hotel and already had more than 30 pieces in it by then. It is a bit fiddly but I feel the results are worth it. The top ends up very nice and even without any bumps.

Until next time….

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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