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Thread: Blocking Quilts??

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    Blocking Quilts??

    Maybe I've missed something -

    The quilts I've made have turned out to have nice 90 degree corners and fold nicely after washing and drying them. (Opposite sides are the same length, etc.)

    Why would anyone need to block a (newly made) quilt after washing it?

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    I haven't had problems either - I would think its only necessary for show quilts - otherwise why bother.

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    I never had to block a quilt. Cutting,pressing,squaring blocks and putting borders on correctly leave all of mine perfectly square.
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    I've never thought of it. Actually, I thought blocking was for tops. Since I'm self taught, I do not know a lot about some areas of quilting. Is this necessary? Have I been doing it wrong all these years?
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    I thought that if your finished quilt top was not squared up after pressing it, before the sandwich you could lay it out and pin it down and spray it to get it to line up. I have never tried it, because I have found a careful pressing can get it squared.
    I never heard to trying to get it in shape after it was quilted and washed. Dim hope there, I would think.
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    It's mostly for show quilts, so they hang straight. Here's a tutorial:
    http://dreamweavers-quilts.com/2008/...hort-tutorial/

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    Does its depend on how peopleut borders on? Mine are always square as opposite sides are the sme length.
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    I wouldn't bother to block a quilt unless I was entering it in a show.

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    i agree with the others. i don't enter shows, so don't see the need for blocking
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    Blocking helps to relax the quilt, remove any loose thread/dust/hair/fur/marking. Then the binding can be the right length.

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    If you have squared up each portion as you go along, there should not be any necessity to block/square up further.

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    My suspicions have been confirmed!

    If the fabrics/components have been shrunk/relaxed - the cutting. piecing, and pressing is accurate - the whole thing should end up to be the expected size and shape when one is done!

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