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I'm lucky to get them quilted and bound, no way am I blocking!

Life is like a quilt...bits & pieces, joy & sorrow, stitched with love

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mars92 replied on Wed, Feb 1 2012 11:34 PM

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I have never ever blocked a quilt, I remember blocking something I crocheted once. Boy that's seems Like tons of work and where would i put it after its blocked? No pun intended. I mean a King size quilt is huge. Where do you put it to dry when space is limited?  I am sure this is a great idea from her but I can't see myself doing it either.

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Marge P replied on Thu, Feb 2 2012 12:50 AM

Donna B:
I know Marge P blocks her quilts, so let's see what she says. 

Donna and all -  NO, I don't block my quilts - I do have my US Floral Map quilt that is my Avatar - and it should be washed and blocked as the sides do not hang straight on it where it is displayed in my entry way.  Having said that, I am sure I made that quilt before I changed my method of making borders.  I ALWAYS make borders from straight of grain lengthwise of fabric.  I really think it helps in not stretching when you are sewing the borders on, thus getting a nicer hang to them.  I may have to piece a border if I don't have enough length but I always do the lengthwise straight instead of the crosswise cuts.

I also make my bindings the same way.  I am also one of those who pre-wash fabrics if at all possible.  If I am using a pre-cut kit, I will try and stay with unwashed fabrics to go with the kit but when I do wash the finished quilt I use the Color Catcher sheets which I swear by. I always use the color catchers with any fabric.

I don't have the room to lay that quilt out if I washed it and then blocked it.  Also, perhaps it is too late to block it being as it has hung in its spot since about 2008.  I made the quilt in 2003 and it was folded up for years before we moved and I had a special quilt hanger made for it so I could display it. 

I remember blocking sweaters when I first knitted or crocheted them and of course doilies but have never done a quilt.  

Interesting question, Donna - guess I won't feel too bad if I don't ever block my USA Floral Map quilt.  I bet your quilt will really look wonderful after all the work and you are right, I am not a floor person! LOL

Marge P

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Marge P replied on Thu, Feb 2 2012 1:04 AM

Patti:
Marge P's quilts, by the way, do hang very nice.  No wavy edges on hers, and she has had a lot winning grand champions at the county fair.  I always love her quilts.  I think she had one for the year 2000 that had 2000 different fabrics in it. 

Thanks, Patti - you are making me blush!  I didn't make a 2000 quilt with the different fabrics but did make the Diary Quilt for 2001.  It has 384 blocks in it, and I actually started it on December 31, 2000 as our first calf for 2001 was born early  so being as I planned to have the whole calving season recorded on the quilt, I started it one day early.  Then there was a block for 2001, January and every day in January - went through the whole year adding a block for the 1st day of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter - had 3 blocks for 9/11 as there was so much to say.

The blocks are like 4" x 6" in a waving flag style and are all hand pieced which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I used pigma pens and hand wrote on each block what had happened that day.  Someone asked me if it was X rated and I laughed and told them no, it was very family oriented.  The editor of the local newspaper where I worked at that time made the comment that it gave a whole new meaning of "reading in bed".

Friends and relatives delighted in picking out a date where we had had lunch or visited and I had put that info on that particular day.  It is a queen sized and it has been used quite a bit but has not been used for at least 6 years now.  I am afraid to wash it cause what if all that info disappeared, I would be really upset.

I made a comment to DH that I really needed to make 2 more of the quilts for different years (I have 3 children) and his comment was "Well, I have two children and I am an integral part of that quilt."  My comment to him was "Screw that idea - I am not gonna do 4 more" and that is where it stands. LOL

That is my story and I am sticking to it! :-)

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gini replied on Thu, Feb 2 2012 1:19 AM

i have never blocked a quilt, but i haven't shown one either.  i might be inclined to block a quilt, if i was interested in a ribbon.

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Kris replied on Thu, Feb 2 2012 2:03 AM

I haven't block a whole quilt but I've done it with individual blocks that wouldn't co-operate or are a bit smaller than needed. Don't think I'll do it with a whole quilt.

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Donna B replied on Thu, Feb 2 2012 11:10 AM

Marge P:
Donna and all -  NO, I don't block my quilts -

Well, guess I should have just called Marge first, or at least posted this question before I did block this quilt.  Clearly the conscensus is to NOT block quilts - unless they are a small wallhanging  for showing.  I would now definitely agree. 

However, the quilt I blocked yesterday is now dry and is as straight and square as you could ever want.  It looks great!  But, I doubt I will ever do it again on a full sized quilt! 

Thank you all for your feedback...

p.s.  It'sall a learning experience...LOL

 Winthrop, WA

 

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Barbara replied on Thu, Feb 2 2012 11:12 AM

Donna, glad it worked out for you ,Are you gonna show us a picture  so we can ohh and Ahh over it LOL  barbara

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Oh, thank goodness that the general consensus is that quilty things do not need blocking. I do not need the extra headache. I already have knit projects all over the place being blocked all the time. 

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Carey replied on Mon, Feb 20 2012 9:53 AM

I have heard of blocking. I square them up and put on binding myself. I think blocking is like for the ones who can't square up easily. Which I have never done or run across that I cant fix another way.

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