Do you want your quilt to hang straight when you finish? Do you have an upcoming quilt show and your quilt is just a tad wonky? Well, this blog is for YOU!
I use these steps EVERYTIME I make a quilt.
FIRST… I ALWAYS place the lengthwise grain of my backing fabric going from the TOP OF THE QUILT TO THE BOTTOM. Remember the lessons I taught on how important the grain line is to the piecing? Well, it is equally important to the BACK of the quilt. (It might be a little late for the quilt already finished, but try the rest of the blocking tips below to see if you can work out any wonkiness.)
If you have ever made curtains, you KNOW that the lengthwise grain needs to running from the top to the bottom or your curtains won’t look straight. The same principle applies to the backing.
Next, I do WASH my quilts when I finish quilting. I use the gentle cycle and quilt soap. (Exactly like I wash my fabrics before piecing.) I place the quilt in the dryer just for 5 minutes to fluff out the wrinkles.
Now I lay the quilt on a carpeted floor under a ceiling fan.
This is the best time to pull out the corners and pin if necessary. Use a square to make sure the quilt is drying square. If the quilt is really out of shape, you can spritz the quilt with spray starch to add a little sizing to it while it is still wet.
After the quilt dries, it will be perfectly square and ready to hang.
May ALL your quilts hang straight!