Do you remember this Aurifil wholecloth quilt?
It is one of my favorite quilt. I finished it in a hurry and I did not like how it turned out at all. It’s not perfectly flat, it has wavy edges!
The quilt is just gorgeous and there was no other choice than to try finishing it in a better way. I removed the binding of the 75” quilt and I washed, squared and bound it again.
And here is the new quilt!
Much better! See the next “before and after” pictures for comparison.
Do you want to know what I did differently?
there is a fabric that is a little stiffer than the fabric for the front
of the quilt (a cotton chiffon). A few weeks ago I stitched two small
quilts with fusible raw edge appliques. One of them has this fabric on
the back and the other has a Kona cotton. After washing there was a big
difference between the two quilts. The quilting looks different and the
feel of the quilts is different.
So what I did (and I plan to do with all the fusible applique quilts, as the fusible web stiffen the fabric) was to wash the quilt and rinse it with a little fabric softener.
After that, it was much easier to smooth the quilt and make it flat.
After washing I laid the quilt on the floor to smooth it. And I used a iron (no steam) and gently smoothed the quilt, especially on the center design. I pressed only on the back of the quilt.
If Quilt Police says this is wrong, I don’t care! This helps immensely and the texture on the front is not affected.
I pressed on the white background too. See below the difference!
Remember: press GENTLY!
See some details.
So proud of my almost perfect binding.
I am so glad I took the time to make things better!
I am linking to Finish it up Friday.