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Thread: Do You Block your finished quilt?

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    I went to a quilt retreat that had a lot of classes and one was on how to block your finished quilt. It involved spreading out the quilt on towels on the floor, measuring all the edges to edges, then dampening the quilt to block it. Then repeat if applicable. The teacher said all professionals do this, now I'm surely not a professional, but I have not ever blocked a finished quilt....this is after binding is on too! Does anybody on this board block their finished quilts? And, is it a long tedious process.

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    I haven't ever heard this, and have never done it. I know lots of "professionals", and not one of them has ever mentioned this. I guess if your quilt came out cattywompus you could do it to straighten it, but normally I wouldn't think this was necessary if your quilt comes our square.

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    I wash and block most of mine. Absolutely if they will be washed and used. If it's a wall hanging I do block if it is out of square. If it's a bed quilt to be used, after I wash it, I dry it on very low heat until it's a little damp, then I block it on a bed. That's usually all it takes.

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    I don't block quilts because my quilts are made to be used. Might block a quilt that was intended for a show or competition.

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    It's not long but you do need space.

    You can also use the large 4x8 insulation sheets - a bit sturdier.Place on the floor and pin your wet quilt (from either wetting in the bathtub or the machine).
    Using a lot of carpenter tools (t squares etc), pin it to where you want it, measuring and making sure it's square.

    If you have fans, even better. It will dry within 24 hours.
    I think Ricky Tims had a video somewhere.

    I wish I had blocked the quilt I'm finishing for a friend. But it's a ton of red fabric (that's been a nightmare), and I wasn't washing it on my watch. It's her quilt, she can wash it. :wink:

    My LAQ-er does not trim to square. She just trims and blocks to where she wants it to be.

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    No I do not. I see only limited value. Maybe if I was in a highly competative show. That level of fusiness is just not something I am compelled to participate in.

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    i block my quilts

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    Never blocked a quilt as I can't hardly wait to put it away.

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    OK so you block your quilt when you are done..then, do you have to reblock it everytime you wash it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toomanycats
    OK so you block your quilt when you are done..then, do you have to reblock it everytime you wash it?
    Yes.

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    Seems a bit tedious to have to reblock it every time you wash it. No thanks. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoppe
    Seems a bit tedious to have to reblock it every time you wash it. No thanks. LOL
    Ditto: No thanks. I am happy for those of us who do and want to but I will pass.

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    Cattywompus-one of my favorite words, my Dad used to say that. No way would I block a quilt every time I washed it. It seems if you prewashed your fabric and cut it on the grain, and your blocks were even, there would be no need. But then, I only dust every two weeks, so I would be the wrong person to make commentary on someone who wanted to Martha Stewart it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzaaboo
    Cattywompus-one of my favorite words, my Dad used to say that. No way would I block a quilt every time I washed it. It seems if you prewashed your fabric and cut it on the grain, and your blocks were even, there would be no need. But then, I only dust every two weeks, so I would be the wrong person to make commentary on someone who wanted to Martha Stewart it up.
    My dad used to say it all the time too~

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    I block the quilts I show because I like having them hang straight, and blocking helps that. It takes about an hour to do a queen size. It can be back breaking but it's worth it, even if it's just to see the quilt laid out flat so I can admire it.

    Quilts that I put on my bed do not get blocked.

    Janet

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    deleted - duplicate post

    AGAIN!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by toomanycats
    OK so you block your quilt when you are done..then, do you have to reblock it everytime you wash it?
    Yes.
    And here we part ways. ;)

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    I never hard of this...will have to google it.
    http://www.hgtv.com/video/tips-for-b...deo/index.html here is a good video on blocking a quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I never hard of this...will have to google it.
    http://www.hgtv.com/video/tips-for-b...deo/index.html here is a good video on blocking a quilt
    Duh! Of course. It's just that it's been decades since I've lived in a place with any carpeting I totally forgot about it.

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    I have never blocked one of my quilts. My quilts are meant to be used. Wouldn't you have to do to this after every time it was washed? I don't see the point.

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    I can see doing this if its a wall hanging or if you are putting it in a show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzaaboo
    Cattywompus-one of my favorite words, my Dad used to say that. No way would I block a quilt every time I washed it. It seems if you prewashed your fabric and cut it on the grain, and your blocks were even, there would be no need. But then, I only dust every two weeks, so I would be the wrong person to make commentary on someone who wanted to Martha Stewart it up.
    I am with you on this one.

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    Never felt a need to.

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    never, my quilts come out square usually if cut right ,sewn right and put together right. Jo

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I never hard of this...will have to google it.
    http://www.hgtv.com/video/tips-for-b...deo/index.html here is a good video on blocking a quilt
    Great video! I would probably only block a wall hanging ... or perhaps a quilt to be hung in a show, if I ever get good enough to enter one.

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