More Complex Nesting Seams

More blocks in a quilt mean a lot more seams too! So, to avoid unseemly bulk which can cause ‘speed humps’ and crooked sewing, nesting seams when you have many, can make life much less stressful!

These tips are mainly for machine sewing as seams can be more easily manipulated when hand stitching, although nesting seams is just as relevant for both. Piecing points in triangles or lots of small blocks together can be a nightmare without a bit of planning. Pressing seams in opposing directions also makes the blocks sew more smoothly on the machine.

In the first pic below, I’m showing the vertical ‘sew line’ which I want to line up. I have a combination of straight and diagonal seams which have been neatly pressed in opposing directions. I’ll be joining the top block to the bottom block horizontally, so the top left-facing seam above my left index finger will nest with the bottom right-facing seam and the top right-facing seam above the pen tip, will nest with the bottom left facing one.


The other examples just show how the seams have been nested and pressed on the back of the blocks. The result is a neater finish on the quilt back which means the front shouldn’t look ‘lumpy’ because of bulky seams.

Be patient if just beginning to piece more complex blocks, especially ones with lots of triangle points. The time spent mastering nesting your seams will be well worth the effort when your quilt is done!

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