sewengel wrote:Ok, back to blocking a quilt. I also have never done that before, but plan to with my Amazon Star. Do you guys just spray it damp or actually put it in the washer, Yikes! that seems harsh. Also how much Tylenol will you need after being on your knees, or will it require surgery? LOL
Sharon, I watched Ricky's DVD on finishing quilts, and he put his gorgeous quilt in the washer BEFORE it was trimmed. so, when it came time to straighten and rinse out my blue markings, I did the same on my Ruffled Roses quilt. I filled the washer with cold water, stuffed the quilt in, and pushed it up and down with my hands, no machine agitation. Oh, and I put color catchers in there too (nothing went on to them). Then, I let the water drain out and put it on the spin cycle to get most of the rest of the water out. I prayed that it would turn out all right- when I took the quilt out it was just fine. I then put it on a huge plastic tarp with towels on top, in my living room- I don't have any carpeting.
After straightening it up I let it sit there and it was dry within 12 hours. I didn't go on my knees, I can't do that
. I just pulled and tugged and looked at how straight the lines were. No pins, just gravity.
If I didn't have to get the blue wash away marker out, I might have just sprayed it.
All I can tell you is, if the quilt is medium or heavily quilted, it will hold up to being in water and spinning in the washer.
good luck, may the force be with you!