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Thread: Please help...can I save this wallhanging?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Diana View Post
    I have made several wall hangings and found that dense quilting does cause the problem you are experiencing.
    I now do what I call, my anchor quilting around the sections before I do more dense quilting within the "anchored" blocks, squares, rectangles in the quilt. When you outline these sections ( I do start from the center out), then I can go back and quilt "as desired" as they say, within each framed section.This framing of the sections keeps the fabric from drawing up so much when I do the additional quilting. Afraid I'm not very good at explaining....
    This sounds like an interesting step that I'd be willing to take in the future. What kind of stitching do you use to "frame" the block? Would a mere "stitch in the ditch" be adequate or should there be more substantial stitching to "set" the frame? Would love to see some of your technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04 View Post
    It looks to me like the centr panel should have been squared before the borders were added. Don't know if there's anything you can do about it now. I agree with the others who say leave it alone, and just be aware on th next one.
    The finished piece, including the borders, was nice and flat before I started quilting. I know what you are saying though, I have forgotten to square off pieces before adding more panels and eventually lived to regret it. I think that I will try to at least try to quilt the blue in the border areas to see what happens there. Then I will try to block it. Then I'll bind it and hope for the best. Thanks all for your input...it has taught me a lot.

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    I think it was an Alex Anderson show once, she said for a quilt show everything has to be perfect and she has had to block one where she had it on a floor, (I presume it was waterproof) and it was almost sopping wet just trying to get it straightened up. I think the measuring tape is the device to use to help with squaring it. I have blocked needlework years ago and it worked for me. Just manipulate it while wet and fasten down to dry. My quilt teacher says sashes are also called coping strips....and one can sometimes manage to add/subtract dimensions there without undoing the center.

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    I agree with Peckish, quilt the border heavily too.

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    Whatever you decide, I would block it first and not quilt in the wonky shape. After all it is supposed to be a square quilt.

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    How about making 4 squares of fabric. Fold in half so that raw edges are sewn into binding. One on each corner with fold facing the center of your back. Then you place two dowels cut to size and hang it up. I hope you get what I mean.
    I use this technique for most of my hangings. It keeps the hanging somewhat blocked.
    By the way, It's very beautiful.
    Good Luck, Pegeth
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