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Thursday, April 12, 2012


Quilting completed on my WCQ.

( I am not really this tall - Andrea took the photo from the floor :)

This is the back of the quilt... taken at night - I will
take more photos tomorrow in the sunlight.

 I have some markings on the front which I need to soak out,  hopefully tomorrow

I took this photo a few days ago before I completed the quilt... Hopefully the sun will shine and I will take better photos tomorrow to show the various designs.

Now - I have some questions. 
I would really appreciate some advice.
Tomorrow I plan to soak the quilt to get the marks out!  I have never washed and blocked before!  
I guess I need to cut the edges where I can to get the quilt more in shape, but leave enough edges to make another cut for the binding...
Is that right?   ....BEFORE I put the binding on. 
I have read that I may need to ptu the quilt in the dryer to get half dry....I am not really sure of this and may leave this bit out!  
What do you think? I really world appreciate advice.before I start.
I have two batting - the lower  one is wool and the top cotton...and I think I have actually done this back to front and should have used the cotton on the bottom and the wool on the top - too late now - but perhaps another time.

So - wash before I bind??
Hopefully I will have enough of the fabric to cut on the bias...

OK  Tomorrow will be interesting.

I'll back soon.


Sue Daurio said...

Oh my!!! That is one of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen! Can't wait to see more pictures. Thanks for sharing the journey of this Joan. Someday I will try one, and am so inspired by you. Sorry I've never done the blocking thing, so can't help. WOWWWWWW! Is all I can say :)

LeKaQuilt said...

Wow - what a fantastic prosject. Love love love your quilt :o)

Linda said...

It's breathtaking, Joan. Honest. Amazing quilting!!!!! I so love it. Wished it was mine! :-)

Cathy Hetzel said...

Hi Joan, your quilt is beautiful........I would do a basting stitching line around the whole quilt before washing it...then block to dry....I have done mine on the spare bed and then put the fan on to dry.....you can flip the quilt too and then just block it again.....wash your binding as well and put on after quilt has dried.....

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Leeanne said...

You have done a lovely job. I have never done the blocking thing, but when I did my trapunto quilts I washed after I put binding on. But I have read in Karen McTavishes books about blocking etc, might be a good book for you get.I tend to be a 'sewing the binding on , then cut off the excess gal' I know many who do it the other way.It's just something I have always done, it works for me so I haven't tried another way.

Diane said...

Joan that is stunning you should be quite proud of your work. Lovely!

Teresa said...

Joan, your quilt is stunning! As for soaking it, I use my bathtub. Make sure you use the instructions for the kind of marks you made !! (ask me why :(
As for blocking it, Leah has a good tutorial on her site : freemotionquilting.blogspot.com
Can't wait to see it finished!!