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Thread: Please help...can I save this wallhanging?

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    This may sound crazy but you COULD accentuate the bow by curving that outer border. I wish I could draw what I'm thinking of: it would look like a "square" with the sides being slightly concave rather than straight.

    Having the dark outer border next to the light border also seems to accentuate that lower left corner. I had a similar situation once and solved the situation "visually" by couching a couple of rows of a pretty cording around the piece -- it covered the "bowed" section and also added some texture to the hanging.

    That said....it's lovely just the way it is.

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    I love it as it is....beautiful!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    My suggestion would be to quilt the borders as extensively as you quilted the center section. You might also try blocking the quilt, although I think additional quilting would be more effective.
    I think this is your answer. You can't stretch the center so more quilting might balance the borders. Perhaps quilt the flowers and cross hatch or stipple the blue fabric background.

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    All areas of a quilt need to be quilted the same amount or pulling will result, as in yours. The solution is to quilt the borders as heavily as the center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    Quilting does shrink the fabric. Unequally dense quilting results in unequal shrinking. So increase the quilting.

    As to blocking: First off-I do art quilts and they are small enough to fit on the tile floor in the spare bathroom. I do the blocking after the quilting is completed and before binding. It helps remove dirt, marking, threads & animal hair/lint as well as relaxing the fabric and quilting. I fill the bathtub and emmerse the quilt for about 1/2 hour. I lay old towels on the tile floor. The I take the quilt out and squeese (do not wring) out the water. Then roll it in a towel and walk all over it. Then lay it on the towels, patting it into place. I do not try to stretch or shrink, just let it be what it wants with some patting. I put a fan on it so it'll dry in a day and close the doors to keep the cats out-they always like fresh laundry. When it's dry I trim the edges to square it up.
    thank you for the blocking instructions. It seems very doable. but I have one question...If you do not try to manipulate the piece, won't it just dry in the same shape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Diana View Post
    I have made several wall hangings and found that dense quilting does cause the problem you are experiencing.
    I now do what I call, my anchor quilting around the sections before I do more dense quilting within the "anchored" blocks, squares, rectangles in the quilt. When you outline these sections ( I do start from the center out), then I can go back and quilt "as desired" as they say, within each framed section.This framing of the sections keeps the fabric from drawing up so much when I do the additional quilting. Afraid I'm not very good at explaining....
    This sounds like an interesting step that I'd be willing to take in the future. What kind of stitching do you use to "frame" the block? Would a mere "stitch in the ditch" be adequate or should there be more substantial stitching to "set" the frame? Would love to see some of your technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04 View Post
    It looks to me like the centr panel should have been squared before the borders were added. Don't know if there's anything you can do about it now. I agree with the others who say leave it alone, and just be aware on th next one.
    The finished piece, including the borders, was nice and flat before I started quilting. I know what you are saying though, I have forgotten to square off pieces before adding more panels and eventually lived to regret it. I think that I will try to at least try to quilt the blue in the border areas to see what happens there. Then I will try to block it. Then I'll bind it and hope for the best. Thanks all for your input...it has taught me a lot.

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    I think it was an Alex Anderson show once, she said for a quilt show everything has to be perfect and she has had to block one where she had it on a floor, (I presume it was waterproof) and it was almost sopping wet just trying to get it straightened up. I think the measuring tape is the device to use to help with squaring it. I have blocked needlework years ago and it worked for me. Just manipulate it while wet and fasten down to dry. My quilt teacher says sashes are also called coping strips....and one can sometimes manage to add/subtract dimensions there without undoing the center.

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    I agree with Peckish, quilt the border heavily too.

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    Whatever you decide, I would block it first and not quilt in the wonky shape. After all it is supposed to be a square quilt.

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