I have spent much of the last week quilting my Modern Cross Quilt. You may recall from an earlier post, it was a challenge quilt for the Minneapolis Modern Quilt guild to use 2 1/2 strips of fabric provided by other members. My progress has not been fast by any means, I re-did most of the 36 blocks after I decided they needed to be a bit more wonky.
I am happy to have the quilting done, but since I am going to use the quilt as a wall hanging I have decided to block it. The cross blocks within the quilt are meant to be wonky, and the intent was the quilting also was not to be super perfect but I would like the outside dimensions to be truly square. (Otherwise, I will certainly hear it from many family members if it is "not square to the world", and honestly it would drive me crazy, too.)
I have found a few blocking tutorials and have read at least one post from Terri's blog on blocking. It seems there is wet and dry blocking and I think I'm going to try something a bit in between... wash the quilt and then dry/fluff it for about ten minutes and then block it followed of course by binding it and adding a hanging sleeve. (Any tips or tricks could have to share would be greatly appreciated... the process is on hold for the moment as my dryer needs a new heater and the part won't arrive until tomorrow!)