Blocking a Quilt

This is the garden quilt I’ve been working on. It was ready for blocking, so I decided to make this short video explaining how I did it. Now I’m adding the borders and a bit more thread work then I’ll block it again… talk about that in a future video.

Normally I block a quilt, trim it to the edge of the quilt top, and add the binding, but as you will hear in the video this quilt will have borders added after the first blocking. Do you block your quilts?

borders going on

Here is the quilt up on the design wall, with the side borders sewn and the top and bottom borders pinned. Notice the seam where the sky and green meet, that may end up having leaves over it. I had to do some creative piecing of the borders and I’m not sure yet how I will address it but I think I’ll probably quilt vertically in and near the joined seams. I need to add bird legs and feet too, I may do that with hand embroidery. We will see.

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By Ann Scott

I started sewing and designing using fabric, thread, and paper when I was a child. I taught myself to make quilts, at first not following the "rules," then watched some experts, learned the rules, and made many hand quilted and appliqued quilts. I spent years focusing on miniature landscape quilts. Now I am a fiber and mixed media artist and that encompasses everything I have a passion for. I have taught, lectured, and my work have show nationally and internationally, some pieces have been published.