The Easy Granny Quilt Afghan is done. The finished size is 37" x 54.5". It was supposed to be 39" x 59".
I did do a mini kill of the acrylic (see blocking acrylic). I used an ironing board, an plant spray bottle filled with tap water, an iron set on medium high, a cotton ironing cloth. The completed afghan was bumpy and had curled edges. Here is what I did:
- Preset the iron temperature to medium high without steam;
- I soaked the cotton cloth and then wrung it out;
- Measured the width I wanted the afghan to be on the ironing board;
- Started at a narrow side of the afghan and sprayed it damp with water. I did not soak it;
- Stretched the afghan to the desired shape;
- Covered a section of the afghan with the pressing cloth and gently pressed until the cloth was almost dry;
- The rest of the afghan was done in the same manner until completed;
- I found that I did not have to press for as long as I did at the start (this may be different if you are using acrylic to make a lace project);
- The end result is more well behaved, but a little less lofty;
- It can be machine washed & dried and this process does not need to be repeated.
I am still working on the pillow covering. I will post a picture of it once it is completed.
I have a little of the completed project blues. It's done. I am quite happy with the finished product. But now I don't have any granny squares to work on. I have to let go of the perfect dream of the imagined finished afghan. Don't get me wrong, I am happy, but I do have a wee bittersweet feeling underneath it all after deciding it's done.