The Open and Closed Controversy
Should I press seams open or to one side? This topic has been discussed by quilters since the beginning of quilting I think. Is there one correct way over another? This has been the quilting controversy. Well the answer is simple. Both techniques can be used. There will be times you will choose one over the other. Here is why. There are two schools of thought on pressing seams. One says that seams pressed open will be flatter and easier to match. Open seams can be ditch quilted exactly down the line of stitching. The other school says that seams pressed to one side will be easier to match because they lock together when they oppose each other. This works especially well for designs like Flying Geese, Trip Around the World, or Irish Chain, and it allows you to skip pinning every intersection. Ditch quilting will be hidden by the ridge on the opposite side of the seam.