Purple Swoon – Block 2 and Pressing

Here is the finished Block 2 for the Purple Swoon quilt, with bonus kitty toes:

Purple Swoon - Block 2
Lori asked how I was doing the pressing for these blocks, since I like to nest my seams on blocks like this – it’s one of the ways that I get those points to match up so well. So here’s an annotated tutorial on it.
The first step (for me anyway), is to make all the HSTs and flying geese units.  On these, I press the HST seams open and the flying geese units to the wings.  Random tip: I marked my pressing directions on my pattern for an easy reference. 
Pressing Swoon - 1
The next subset I call the “side” units. I press this section so the seams go toward the flying geese units.
Pressing Swoon - 2
Now the corner units are a bit trickier. My best advice is to follow the rainbow! Before the corner unit together, I press the red arrow towards the background fabric and the orange arrow away from the HST with the background. I chained piece this block together so after they are stitched, the yellow/blue arrows get pressed “in” (which will nest with the side flying geese units which are pressed “out”), and the green/purple arrows get pressed “out”.
Pressing Swoon - 3
And you sew that last seam on the corner unit.  That is then pressed to the larger part of the unit. The yellow areas are the two parts that will nest with the flying geese side units (pressed “out”), so those should both be pressed “in”.
Pressing Swoon - 4
And then it’s time to stitch it into one unit! In this picture, I did the vertical seams first and pressed per the arrows. Then I did the horizontal seams and pressed them open.
Pressing Swoon - Finished Back

6 Replies to “Purple Swoon – Block 2 and Pressing”

  1. Thank you so much! I will do this for block 2 which is already cut and ready to sew as soon as my girl gets back from the shop 🙂

  2. Happy Quilting Day! I celebrated by going to a “Roman Stripes” class and stocking up on $1.00 fat quarters.

    I haven’t done the Swoon Quilt yet, but when and if I do I’ll be sure to check these diagrams.

    I had to laugh when you described your quilting style as “sweaty and cursing,” as opposed to a more serene way of following your quilting muse. My actual quilting gets jammed into small bits of time, but, like the old Willie Nelson song, it’s always on my mind. Lately, I count quilts when I can’t sleep…

    All the best.

  3. I’m glad I found this post, I am working on a swoon quilt and I was wondering the best way to press the seams. I will give this a try. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to make this post!!! I am working on my first ever Swoon and was unhappy with the amount of bulk in the seams after I made my first block. I found your post and am MUCH happier with my second block!

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