How I "block" a block..
I start by pinning the four corners as square as I can and then start pinning from side to side and top to bottom....gradually stretching and pulling until it all is flat... Sometimes it may take 6-7 pins on each side.. I leave it pinned like this at least overnight or even a day or two..
Then I take it down and put it face down on a thick towel and press lightly on the back to set the shape..... That used to be my last step but since Allie has changed my life I now add a lightweight fusible KNIT to the back as the last step... It stabilizes the shape and secures all threads.. You won't believe the difference it makes. Allie puts a layer of the knit on before she starts embellishing and after as well. I'm doing that on my suffrage quilt.
In answer to Laurie's question... I buy it at JoAnn's fabric store.. Be sure it is the fusible knit not the fusible web... It is very light and gauze-like and a dream to stitch through,
Remember the soutache jewelry from the other day... Well I have a huge hug and thank you for Jocelyne Ausseil who found this fantastic tuto...
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Marilyn Nepper in Canada really got busy on her computer and found some great sites with even greater instructions... She even found ...