Monday, August 17, 2009

Thank's OVER!

Okay, so it's together. That, however, doesn't mean my troubles are entirely over. The blocks are NOT lying flat in the centre, so it is going to be impossible to quilt.

Here's my plan: I'm going to wet the quilt top down, and put it in a hot dryer to see if the stretched bias edges will realign themselves. If that doesn't work - I believe it's a goner! If anyone has any other suggestions, that doesnt involve picking seams out AGAIN, then I'd be happy to hear them.


  1. Nancy, I think you ahve a good plan, except I wouldn't put it into the hot dryer. I know it's a pain, but I would treat it the same way as a needlework piece that needs blocking. It won't have as much give as say, cross-stitch or needlepoint, but it's worth a try.

    Go ahead and dampen it, but then don't put it in the dryer. While it's damp, lay it down on a bed and secure the corners so that they're square. Then let it air dry for awhile. Finally, use your iron while still damp.

    This quilt is far too lovely to be a lost cause. Even if you can't quilt it as you desired originally, it might lend itself to tying and become even more old-fashioned and lovable.

    Good luck, hon!

  2. Nancy... if it doesn't turn out the way you want, I'll gladly take it and quilt it! *VBG*

    I don't mind hills and valleys, in my quilts. *still grinning, over here*

    It's a GORGEOUS top!!!

    BTW, I have a mini contest going on, on my blog right now.... Please pop on over and submit a comment. *s*


  3. I agree with Piwacket, treat it like a peace of needlework and block it. what have you got to loose? Actually if you look on line I bet you can find out how to block a quilt.
    You've got too much invested in it now to give up.
    How big is it?

    Happy sewing and good luck

  4. It turned out great! I agree abt the blocking too. ;-) Good luck!

  5. It's so very pretty Nancy. You could try spray atarch maybe?

  6. Try using a fluffier batting than usual, like Hobbs wool, and don't have it quilted too densely. Your quilter man might be able to significantly minimize the "D Cup" situation in the middle with the thicker batting.

  7. I've always heard to lay it out as flat as possible on a floor (tile/linoleum/whatever) then spritz it all over and let it air dry. It's definitely not a lost cause! I love it.

  8. Spray starch on it on the ironing board, block a bit, then press it dry. Jan Krenz shows how to do it in her lone star book, although I learned the trick from Alex Anderson. My grandmother would have said "It'll quilt out".