Partial Seams Block

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Depending on the quilt block pattern being constructed, a partial seam may be required. While partial seams in quilting may seem intimidating, learning how to master them is quick and easy–Kelly Ashton shows you how!

Partial Seams in Quilting

Kelly begins by showing an example block that requires partial seams in order to construct it. She shows how to know if a partial seam is required by laying out the pieces that make up the block and looking at how they come together. If there is not a clear division in terms of how the pieces can be separated out, that is a good indication that a partial seam may be required.

Partial seams in quilting are similar to Y-seams, however partial seams tend to be done with seams perpendicular to one another, whereas y-seams will be at various other angles. Watch this tutorial to learn how to sew Y-seams.

With the block being sewn as an example in this tutorial, Kelly begins by showing how to sew the first two pieces of the block together with a partial seam. This means that the seam will be sewn part of the way across, leaving one section unstitched.

Once those pieces have been sewn, Kelly shows how to move on and continue assembling the rest of the pieces of the block.

After the last piece has been added to the block, Kelly then shows how to sew the remainder of the first seam, completing the partial seam and the block.

While showing how to sew partial seams in quilting, Kelly also shares other fun tips in terms of pressing quilt seams.

While it is always important to press seams as you go, it is not always required that that be done with an iron every time. Kelly shares how she likes to use a wooden roller for the seams while she is putting the block together, and then she presses the block with an iron once it is complete.