Why and How to Block a Quilt

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Eliminate Ruffled Edges and Non-square Corners!

Once completed, most quilts are a bit wavy along the edges and even not quite square. That’s due to distortions from quilting, so even if you square up the top itself, the finished quilt may need squaring up too.





If the quilt will be washed often, such as a throw, baby or bed quilt, it may not need to be blocked. Washing will remove the blocking anyway.

Why and How to Block a Quilt

However, “show” quilts and those that are to be hung can benefit from blocking. Wavy edges and other slight distortions will disappear and the quilt will hang perfectly flat.

Alex Anderson has created a short video that gives a brief overview of the “why” and “how” of blocking a quilt.

Click here for the “Tips for Blocking a Quilt” video.

Nadine from Fabric Bias has written a good tutorial showing how to block a quilt. Essentially, you pat the wet quilt into square (or rectangle) and let it dry completely before moving it.

Click here for the “Quilt Blocking–A Short Tutorial” article.

The following video from Shelley Sieverkropp goes into more detail about the blocking process. Her method is a bit more precise and shows another way to do the blocking.

Both Nadine and Shelley use a laser level square. This one is inexpensive and works nicely for quilts.

 

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