Yay! I have finished the final 3 blocks on my Swoon Quilt, sashed it, and now it is lying on the bed it is meant for.
Unfortunately, it just doesn't stop raining here for more than 5 minutes at a time at the moment, so the photos are awful!
After having a bit of a problem getting everything to match up when I made the previous batch of blocks, I decided to try starching the fabric this time.
The half square triangles and flying geese were already made, so I lined them all up on the ironing board, gave them a light spray and then a press. The half square triangles all needed trimming and the starch made it a lot easier to get a nice clean cut. I'm happy to say these blocks all went together very nicely.
It didn't take too long to come up with a layout I was happy with, and I was then onto the sashing.
Having only decided to starch when I was part way through the last 3 blocks, it was always going to be a mish-mash of starched and un-starched pieces, but I think, with hindsight, I should starched the sashing strips too.
I had a bit of trouble getting the rows to line up perfectly, and when laid out on the bed here, you can really notice the wrinkles where I've had to tighten a few seams and generally "persuade" it to all fit nicely.
I know none of this will be noticeable when it's quilted, but it does make me wonder whether I should start using starch all the time, or not.
So, I would love to know what other people do. Do you use starch? All the time? Only on intricate piecing or blocks cut on the bias?
It would be great to hear what other people think about this and hear about your experiences.
When I've stopped looking at it, I shall be putting this away for a while. I want to get on with some quick projects and some Christmassy things in the next few weeks, so it won't get quilted until the new year.
I do have a couple of festive tutorials to share with you too (both the knitty and the stitchy variety) so I'm hoping the coming days are going to be a bit brighter so I can take some decent photos!
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