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Thread: Question about Shrinking/Stretching a Block ??

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    Senior Member mythreesuns's Avatar
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    I just saw on a post by barnbum and the Bargello quilt being off on the bottom. Then I saw where MTS posted some videos on how to correct this issue. I watched the videos, and it was something I never knew could be done. Still learning here.. boy am I. lol Now my question is...once the blocks are all sewed together and washed..do they really stay put then? The ones that you had to use this method for..should they be used as inside blocks so as the other blocks can help hold them into shape then? In other words not use them as outside blocks?

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    Have you ever seen Sharon's quilts? :lol: :lol:

    Once the quilt is quilted, nothing is moving anywhere anytime.

    I know I sometimes sound like I drank the Sharon Kool-aid, but her work - and workmanship - is simply breathtaking. And her techniques really show that she totally deconstructed the method, and then reworked it - for the better - to meet her requirements, even creating a tool or notion if it was needed.

    I thought I did a pretty good binding. But I recently tried her method and was astounded at how much easier and show PERFECT it came out.

    She's got a ton of videos on youtube that she graciously shared - take advantage of it and spend some time watching them. Better than any class I ever took.

    And I'm still looking for the video where she "adjusted" a the inner borders of a completed top.

    Somewhere online - too lazy to check now - Ricky Tims had a great video or write-up of how he blocks his quilts.
    Not everyone needs/wants/bothers about blocking, but it's interesting to see and know how it's done, even if you don't end up doing it.

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    "Sharon Kool-aid"? Too funny! Thanks for the chuckle.

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    I totally agree with MTS, Sharon knows her stuff and her work is stunning.

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    I looked and watched the videos and did not see that information in them. Of where the fixed blocks should be placed. In the center of the quilts or as an outside block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns
    I looked and watched the videos and did not see that information in them. Of where the fixed blocks should be placed. In the center of the quilts or as an outside block.
    Sorry, perhaps I misunderstood your question.

    If you had to fix one of the blocks using any of those methods, then that adjusted block is now square, right? It's now equal to a block that was perfectly sewn.

    So it doesn't matter where you put it in the quilt. And once the quilt is quilted, like I said before, nothing is going to suddenly make the block go out of whack, as it's being held in place by the surrounding blocks and borders, and the quilting.

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    MTS Thank you...this is exactly what I was meaning. I think before I post from now on..I need to wait until my brain wakes up with the rest of me. lol

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