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Thread: Need help mounting quilt blocks

  1. #1
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    Dec 2011

    Need help mounting quilt blocks

    I will be entering 2 quilt blocks in our local fair. The category says: "Quilt blocks, 2 different, Un-quilted and displayed on card stock or Bristol board"
    Elsewhere it says that pins other than safety pins are not allowed.
    How will I mount these blocks to the cardstock? Sew them to the cardstock? Glue?
    This is my first time entering this category, and I really need suggestions.

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    I don't know how to mount them, but the bristol board can be gotten at Jo-Ann's in their frame dept or Hobby Lobby.

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    Power Poster
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    Mar 2011
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    Yes, you can sew them to the cardboard. Pin them in place on the cardboard, bristol board or foam core with all the corners touching in the middle. This allows you to use a needle and thread to tack all 4 of the inner corners in one go. Sew one stitch across each corner going through the seam allowance so you don't spoil your blocks. Leave the thread tail hanging when you start o you can tie the 2 tails together once you are done tacking the corner. Once the center is tacked down and tied off, move around the board tacking the rest of the corners.

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    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
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    That's exactly what I was doing tonight ... I use foam core, and use push pins to hold the blocks in place. And yes, out fairs say you must use safety pins only. However, there's never been a problem. I like the foam core, as when they display the block, it keeps it all sitting nice and perky, whereas bristol board can flop so easy.

    Tartan has a good suggestion ... however, when Judging I would suspect they will want to look at the back. Having them stitched in place would not be conducive for that. At least that has been my experience when showing blocks.
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    Junior Member TShooters's Avatar
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    You can buy mounting board at most craft places that have a picture framing area. It is foam core that has sticky on the front. I've framed cross-stitch work with it. It can either be stiff foam core or padded.
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    Super Member eparys's Avatar
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    You could use sticky Velcro or double sided tape just at the top and let the rest hang.

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    Super Member charsuewilson's Avatar
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    Spray basting?

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    Super Member mom-6's Avatar
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    When I mounted counted cross stitch I used masking tape at the top to hold it still initially, then did the criss cross "lacing" with thread to get it to fit snugly from side to side. Then removed the tape and repeated the "lacing" to get the top and bottom snug as well. Since my margin was only a couple inches all the way around (plus the half inch turned under to prevent raveling while stitching) there was quite a bit of thread used in the criss crossing. I don't recall what I mounted it on - maybe coroplast like used for sign making or mat board. Something that wouldn't bend from the stretching of the fabric over it.

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