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

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    Unhappy Please help...can I save this wallhanging?

    I am making this wall hanging for my sister (my second attempt) and I keep running into the same problem. Because I quilted the center panel quite extensively around the flowers, etc. the wallhanging has pulled to the middle. So I have this funny shape to the panel. I didn't notice it until way later and I am so disappointed as this was quite a pricy investment and i already ruined one. Is there anything I can do to stretch the middle out? any other suggestions or is my only solution to pull out my seam ripper?
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    I don't know the answer, but I will be watching this thread.

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    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.

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    i don't think you can stretch the center. personally, i don't think it looks that bad. but if you are unhappy, then yours is the important opinion. i would probably remove the binding, add a lot more quilting to the rest of the quilt, then rebind it. hth
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    Actually, I agree with QuiltnNan. I believe I would leave it alone. It is a beautiful wall hanging. It almost looks like you did it on purpose, and you could pretend you did.

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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.
    Agree with this! I was always under the impression (can't remember from where) that a quilt had to be evenly quilted all over. If the middle is tightly quilted and the rest not I would think that would lead to issues.

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    Ok, thanks so much ladies for your responses. My picture is too small for you to see that I have not binded it yet and the brown border is quilted with an elongated scroll. I will try to do some quilting in the blue borders and see what happens. Would you let me know how to block a quilt. I have never done that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwanma View Post
    I am making this wall hanging for my sister (my second attempt) and I keep running into the same problem. Because I quilted the center panel quite extensively around the flowers, etc. the wallhanging has pulled to the middle. So I have this funny shape to the panel. I didn't notice it until way later and I am so disappointed as this was quite a pricy investment and i already ruined one. Is there anything I can do to stretch the middle out? any other suggestions or is my only solution to pull out my seam ripper?
    Could you loosely attach a sleeve midway up on the back and put in a stabilizer of some sort---------not fabric stabilizer but maybe an old ruler or a very flat piece of metal?
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    I don't know how to block a quilt block or quilt either, but there was a bit of discussion on that somewhere here recently. I can't remember what was said though, something about water and stretching, I think. But, I just went and googled it and found three or more places that explained it. You might google a bit and see what you find.

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    Lots of good information in this thread. I'm learning too, however I think it looks good. Good luck Dina.

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