Tuesday, February 4, 2020

RED & WHITE QUILT - 9 A TRICK I FIGURED OUT THAT WORKED GREAT!


Can you believe after all of this, I still had to make another 80 flying geese and several half-square triangles.


I tried an idea and I think it is working great. So I will share. 

 On my center quilt block, I had many hoopings to get all of the embroideries finished.  The many hoopings left my center with some puckers which I was not happy with.  When I quilt, I want a perfectly flat surface.  Here is what I did.  First, I serged the four edges of the center block.  I layed the center block out on my table that has a flat surface and sprayed it with water and tried to stay away from the edges.  I then taped the edges down on the table with painters tape.  I would lift up a section of the tape at a time and I pulled and stretched the block in the directions that I needed to get all the puckering out.  Once I was happy with it, I sprayed it again with water and then I left it sit and dry.  It is perfectly flat now.  It might be a little distorted along the edges but I will just again square it up to the 18 inches that the block is supposed to be.  This worked great!  I also gave it a spray of starch after it dried.















I now also have a few of the blocks stitched together with the sashing.















I am getting close, the sashings are taking a lot of time also because I have to make sure that each star point is correct when I sew on the sashing.

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