Pressing Basics from McCall’s Quilting

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. _______________________________________________________________

For our first Tuesday Tutorial, I am pleased to present one of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) video lessons, Pressing Basics. Your host for this video lesson is Beth Hayes, editor-in-chief of McCall’s Quilting.

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For new or experienced quilters, pressing techniques can often be overlooked. But as you’ll learn in this video, you should always plan your pressing for best results. Beth will tell you plainly that she prefers to use steam while pressing, but whether you prefer to press with or without steam, you will certainly benefit from Beth’s tips and demonstrations!

1 HST Tuesday Tutorial: Pressing BasicsBeth will teach you the best approach for pressing half-square triangles for perfectly flat seams with no puckers or stretched bias seams.

2 Pinwheel Opposing Seams Tuesday Tutorial: Pressing BasicsShe’ll show you more tips for pressing opposing seams, and getting perfectly aligned star points to lie flat. You just might learn a new technique you haven’t yet tried!

3 strip Tuesday Tutorial: Pressing BasicsWe all enjoy strip piecing, but have you ever ended up with arcing strips that “smile” (or “frown”!) at you? Beth shows you how to avoid this with tips for both sewing and pressing strip sets.

4 sampler block Tuesday Tutorial: Pressing Basics5 hexagon star Tuesday Tutorial: Pressing Basics6 special shapes Tuesday Tutorial: Pressing BasicsBeth will show you a few special blocks, like these sampler and hexagon star blocks, that don’t really follow the pressing “rules”, and will give you tips and examples of how to deal with them.

Improve your quilting skills by taking a few minutes to watch our free Pressing Basics Quilting lesson video at – click here. Remember, this is just one of the FREE quilting video lessons available 24-7 from our library of FREE quilting lessons and videos at

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Please tell us what you learned from the video, and share your own tips by commenting below – we love to hear from our readers!

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