Of all of the quilt making steps the one I like the least is blocking. But if the quilt is going to hang on the wall and especially if it’s going in an exhibit, you have to block.
Don’t waste too much time studying the quilt because you can bet that I’m going to make you look at it at least one more time with a ton of detail shots. I blocked it this weekend and, let me tell you, that’s a beastly chore with tendinitis in your thumb and knee. I think I can accurately say that I have chronic tendinitis. I have it all the time somewhere in my body. I’m not really complaining because I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as the arthritis that Chris has. I have arthritis too…in one finger and sometimes I wag it at Chris and complain about my arthritis. One day he’s going to snap it off.
Anyway, back to blocking. I washed the quilt in the washing machine, let the machine wring out most of the water and spread the wet quilt on my sewing room floor. I purposely laid this carpet with a wool pad so that I could block my quilts here. There’s no secret that I know of to blocking. There’s a lot of tugging, pinning, measuring, unpinning, tugging, pinning, measuring…
I tape 3 of my rotary rulers together to help with the process. Some people use laser square tools from the hardware store but the 3 rulers are here (free) and look great. Once it’s pinned I measure the diagonals to make sure it’s square. It usually takes a couple of tries so that by the time I have it square I’m jumping up and down like I won the Powerball.
I use heavy duty T-pins about 2” apart. Some people pin a lot closer but this quilt didn’t seem to need it.
I also made more progress on the veterans quilts and only have 6 left to do in this batch and then I can quilt some of my own quilts for a while.
Today I’m going to replace the gasket on our wood stove for the 3rd time this week because I didn’t buy the right size the first 2 times. I’m getting really good at doing it though. We need to get the stove cranked up again because winter is finally here and Chris is getting a bit excited about a possible storm this coming weekend. That’s not good news for the rest of us on the East Coast. It’s never good when he’s excited about the weather.