I need to get my quilt in the mail for the AQS show in Grand Rapids
The event is Wednesday, August 20 through Saturday, August 23, 2014,DeVos Place Convention Center,Grand Rapids, Michigan but they need the quilts in Paducah by Friday. So once again I am scrambling to get it together on time.
I have to add, for people who have not seen this one before, it is hand quilted.
I had to wash it because I have brought it to several lecture/trunk shows and it got a bit dirty. I wash it in the washing machine and dry in the dryer but that tends to contort it a bit.
I take the quilt out of the dryer while it is still a bit damp and pin it to the floor pulling out the wrinkles as I pin. I pin it directly to the floor using T-pins. Now don’t be scared that I am ruining the floor. The floor is not a perfect hardwood floor. It is pine and has lots of imperfections, cracks, gaps, scratches etc. The house is 130 years old and there were 2 layers of linoleum and carpet and sub-floor nailed over it so it it full of holes. A good thing to use if you don’t have a floor to pin it to is Styrofoam insulation sheets. They come in 4 x 8 foot sheets and are easy to pin into….but then you need to find a place to keep them.
Anyway I use T pins
They go into the floor and I add as many as It takes to get it to look nice and flat. (if this we just going on my bed, which it will after shows, I would just fully dry it and let the wrinkles work themselves out naturally)
After it is fully dry I will take out the pins and then any extra wrinkles will be steamed…that should take care of it and it will be ready pack for shipping.
I also have to pack this one
This one needs to have its hanging sleeve adjusted so it hangs better….right now it bunches up a bit on the right.
If you plan to go to the AQS show in Grand Rapids I would love to meet you. I plan to be there for sure on Saturday Aug 23. I will plan a time that I will be hanging out by my quilt and let you know when that will be in a later post.
Here are a bunch more pictures of the quilt drying (hopefully more entertaining than watching paint dry)….click on the pictures to enlarge
If you want to see how I did the Trapunto I did a short Video here