I must be insane if the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This will be the fourth time I will block “Morning Breeze” and I think I have finally figured out the problem. Each time I blocked this quilt I would find new, dark smudgy spots on its otherwise pristine white front. I would wash again and block, only to discover new spots.
I know this sounds so obvious now, but the problem was that I was blocking it face down on my carpet-carpet that had just been cleaned about 2 months ago and I don’t even have children at home! But, I do have one stinky Basset boy who lays in the sunshine right where I was blocking-duh! So why was I blocking face down?
I get these annoying quilt sleeve show-throughs if I block it face up. See how the bulk of the sleeve shows through? Hate that. So that’s why I blocked it face down, to keep the sleeve from shadowing.
So I went in search of something that I could block on that would stay clean in between uses. I know all about using insulation board, but it’s tricky to store those big sheets. I wanted something modular. I started out looking for carpet tiles, but when I saw these tiles used for athletic facilities, I knew I had the perfect surface.
One of the great things about these squares is that they are 2′ square, way easier to assemble and store than the 1′ squares. They fit together quite easily and….
they store under my bed! How cool is that? I ended up buying 12 tiles, large enough for most anything I will make. And yet it’s easy to grab a square or two for smaller projects.
In the meantime I am still creating more cut work pieces to show to my table topper class in Houston. For this piece I used hand dyed silk that I purchased at Pacific International Quilt Festival last year. I don’t really have a complete plan for this piece yet and it still needs a good press and a back. I tried several backing colors and just haven’t found the right one yet. I totally see this kind of idea on a garment, don’t you? Perhaps an insert into a jacket?