I’ve been doing a lot of quilt related stuff lately and find myself in the wonderful position of having many blog topics just waiting for a week to be posted. I’m grateful to have so many fun things to share. This week’s post is from an email I received a while ago. I think you’ll find it quite interesting:
I was told that if you want to hang a small wall hanging all you have to do is pin the corners onto the wall. I decided to try that with my 30s flower wall quilt. Obviously, my 26″ X 30″ piece was too big because after several months it began to sag in the center. I am sure the added weight of the applique added to the problem. I knew I had to add a sleeve and dowel but since that is not one of my favorite things to do I just left the quilt on wall for a few more months. The sagging got worse!
I finally added a proper hanger but of course that did not solve the problem. I tried starching the back and ironing it, that didn’t help. I laid it on a table, put a cutting board on top and weighted it down with heavy objects for several days, hoping to get it to flatten out, but that didn’t help. I didn’t know what else to do. I just resigned myself to the fact that I had ruined my wall hanging and would never just pin a piece on the wall again.
Then I read your January blog, “Wash and Pucker?” and decided to try your method of blocking the quilt. Here is the result!!!!
Thank you so much for your wonderful article! I can now go downstairs and enjoy my wall hanging again! Lorraine Bahr”
I was thrilled to received Lorraine’s email and to see the results on her beautiful Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. I’ve used blocking to fix minor problems with many of my quilts and I hope you found Lorraine’s adventure helpful. In case you missed the instructions for my blocking technique, go to: http://chrisquilts.net/blog/?p=2844
Do you block your quilts?
Also, this past week Natalie sent me this photo of a quilt she began in one of my classes.
“Hi Chris, You taught a “Parallelisms” workshop on Oct 18, 2014 in Hendersonville, NC and this is my finished quilt from that class. Thank you so much for a fun class! Pattie Votruba helped me put the finishing touches by teaching me how to embellish with beading.”
What a happy quilt!
Thanks Natalie and Lorraine!
Speaking of beading, this leads me to one more item I’d like to share. My friend Sandy Hendricks (who taught me about thread painting faces), has an exhibit of her beaded floral quilts on display at Eclectica Bead shop in Brookfield.
Eclectica & The Bead Studio
Galleria West Shopping Center
18900 West Bluemound Rd., Ste #148
Brookfield, WI 53045