The fabrics for in this quilt were cotton and not pre-washed. The batting is Hobbs wool. The thread for piecing was cotton and quilting thread was silk. I used water soluble threads to do the trapunto, and to baste the quilt. I also used blue water soluble markers.
When I was finished with the quilting, it was important that all of the marker and soluble thread was thoroughly removed. I got a big bowl of cold water (no soap) and put the quilt in it to soak for about 15 minutes. I took it out and lightly squeezed out the excess water. I then laid it on a double layer of towel and rolled it up. Then I lightly squeezed the roll so that the towel would absorb most of the water.
The tools that you need to block a little quilt are;
The next tool needed is something that will hold the pins that are blocking the quilt. If you have a carpet in your house, I know people that pin out onto that. I have hardwood floors and fake knees. So I can't crawl around to pin something out on a floor.
The last tool that you need is a measuring tape.
I didn't think anyone would be interested, so I didn't take photos of the process, but hopefully I can explain it well enough that it will help.
You should have an idea of what the finished size of the quilt should be. You don't want to putt excessive tension on the quilt, you should block it to the size that you intended it to be.
Tension on the quilt comes into play when you get to the third side. As you work down each of the remaining sides, it is important that you measure and pin, so that the quilt remains the correct width.
I directed a small fan on the quilt, and it was completely dry 12 hours later.
After it was dry, I place a big square ruler over it and I trimmed away what I needed to square up the corners to prepare the binding.
The binding was single fold, and was 1 1/8 " wide, which made a 1/4" binding.
I hope that this helps, feel free to email me if you have any questions.