I finished the quilting a week ago. This week, I had to be sure all of my markings were removed. First, I erased the ceramic pencil marks and then I soaked the quilt in water for about 30 minutes. Then I put it in the dryer for a short while. While the quilt was still damp, I blocked it. When it was totally dry, I trimmed the quilt - I probably should have started with a larger piece of fabric so I could have done more 'outside stippling'. As I have said, this has been an educational journey!
Anyway, my quilt is now bound - I sewed the binding to the front and finished it with hand stitching on the back. My quilt is about a 16" square and I think looks pretty good! It is still hard to believe I did it!
I have never blocked a quilt before so that was new this week. My question for Leah is: When the quilt is washed again, does it need to be blocked again?