What I was not prepared for was the distortion I got. Not only does this quilt have to lay flat, it is imperative that it is squared up because my quilt is based on blocks, so I used Kathy Loomis's method of blocking a quilt on my design wall. She does hers in sections because her design wall is not big enough. My design wall is 7 feet wide by 8 feet high, so I had plenty of room, although I did one piece at a time.
I drew a straight line on the wall, which is white felt over wall board, not very pinnable, so I pinned just to the felt. I drew lines on the felt for the top, sides, and the bottom of the quilt, using my big level, to be sure the lines were at right angles. Then I spritzed the quilt quite liberally with a water bottle and tugged the quilt into shape, smoothing and pinning as I went, matching those drawn lines. Lots of tugging and smoothing and spraying and pinning and repinning.
What started out as a wavy parallelogram ended up as a perfect rectangle that is perfectly flat. It took about an hour, I think, but well worth the time.
I used to block my quilts on the floor with a steam iron, but this method is so much better.
This is my one Quilt National entry so I can't show it to you. Even if it's only on my blog, someone may like it and put it on Pinterest or some other public place on the web. This has to be new work that has never been seen. Anywhere!
But I can show you a few sneak peaks of the quilting. I used a variegated thread, Rainbow by Superior