How To Flatten a “Not So Perfect” Quilt Top or Border!

YES, it can be done! I learned this method from a wonderful class with Sharon Schamber. You can use starch and heat to reduce wobbles and waves from any quilt top, border, or block! I did this last week with a beautiful, vintage top. The quilt was machine pieced and hand appliqued in the blocks.

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This is what the block looked like before I created the magic! There was at least 2 inches of extra fabric in the center. After I sprayed the block and ironed, it was almost flat. I was able to start stitching at this point with NO WRINKLES OR CREASES!

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The final block looks like it was perfectly flat to begin with!

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As usual, I used my favorite quilting rulers for lots of ditch stitching on this quilt.

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Now, if you’re still wondering how this whole starch and shrink thing works, watch this quick video.  I learn by watching, so I hope the visual helps you too!

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