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Do you block your quilt?

Old 09-08-2008, 04:39 AM
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How many of you block your quilts as a regular practice? If a quilt squares up after construction, is it necessary?
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:11 AM
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I've had good success with my quilts being nice and flat after piecing them.

I make sure that the borders are even - I mark them at block intervals so if it's necessary to do a little easing of the main body in, it comes out pretty well.

I try to layer them carefully before quilting them - I've had to repin a few times when I had puckers on the back.

I use the big square on the corners and long rulers (48 inch) to try to get the top laying nicely on the batting and backing. And pat and tug and nudge to get it laying nice at this point.

Then I quilt them.

They are usually okay at this point, but I will trim any stray threads - shaving a few edges here and there -

After binding them, I machine wash and dry them. They turn out nice and flat.

My answer is, No, I don't block.

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Old 09-08-2008, 08:50 AM
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Simple answer "no". I think that as long as you are accurate with your cutting and piecing, iron your seams properly, everything should come out right.
I've made I have no idea how many quilts and I've never come out more than 1/4" off.
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:00 PM
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i'm not to proud to admit it ....

i've had to block one or two (or three or four).

although i suppose most people would use boring, traditional methods to block, i have special tape, nails and a sledge hammer in my closet to help. :lol:
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:31 PM
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My first quilts came out not flat and not square, I went right on and finished them......and you know no one notices it. LOL I don't think I will ever be super quilter but hey I enjoy myself and my quilts :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :D :D :roll: :roll: :roll: 8) 8) :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Old 09-08-2008, 04:28 PM
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Hi Loretta this maybe a stupid question but what do you all men by blocking your quilt thank you'll in advance. Annette
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:04 PM
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I have never blocked any of my quilts. They all lay flat after I quilt them. I guess I've just been lucky.
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:18 PM
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Nope not me.
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:29 PM
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I do not know what blocking a quilt is. Will someone please enlighten me?

Thank you

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Old 09-09-2008, 01:12 AM
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blocking is to use the drying time to properly shape something. you stretch or pat it into its proper shape while it's wet (but not dripping wet) so it'll remain that way once it's dry. basically the same thing you'd do with a sweater you'd washed that can't go into the dryer.

the hardest part of blocking a quilt is finding a big enough spot to lay it out to block and let dry.
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