I printed off some paper foundations and a couple of quilting designs right from EQ. The paper fed smoothly through my good printer and the persnickety printer as well. A good start!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
To wash or not to wash is a question debated by quilters everywhere. I am a prewasher. I like how the fabric feels after washing and I have had fabrics run...not often but enough. I also like prewashed fabric more for handquilting and I almost never know what I'll use the fabric for when I buy it.
I recently bought a couple of fat quarter packs to make the Farmers Wife Quilt. It's a lot of fat quarters and more than I usually buy at one time.
Then I wondered about prewashing them all. I normally just throw them in with my yardage and I usually only have a couple fat quarters to wash at a time.
I divided them into lights, mediums and darks.
I pinked the edges of the lights using my pinking rotary cutter.
The mediums I left as they were and for the darks I had read a tip somewhere to sew 2 edges together to form a tube. It was supposed to keep them from tangling.
To the washing machine I went. I used a shortened regular cycle with a warm wash and cool rinse.
And now for the results!
The strings of thread I cut off...
And the winner is the lights with the pinked edges. I was really surprised with the results. It was a very noticable difference. The lights didn't even tangle up while the mediums and darks both had to be cut apart.
From now on I'll be pinking those edges!
Now I can start that Farmers Wife quilt!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Why is it that the safe place disappears just when you need it?
When I first saw 'The Quilt Show'- Episode 202 with Cindy Needham I knew I wanted to try this technique of quilting old linens. To start with I wanted to use linens that I just picked up at the thrift store or a yard sale. I had two tucked away in a safe place and do you think I can find them? Nope! I've been searching for a week now and still haven't found them. Where in the world did I put them?
I'll be keeping my eyes open at yard sales in the next little while so for now this challenge is on hold.
Friday, July 2, 2010
I am loving Series 2 of 'The Quilt Show'! These upcoming projects are going to be so much fun. Episode 201 was all about stitching- redwork and silk ribbon.
Isn't he going to be lovely. This is from BHG American Patchwork and Quilting Issue Dec 1999.
Next was silk ribbon embroidery with Judith Baker Montano. If I liked this type of look I would hop to her studio for a class. She just seemed like such a wonderful and patient teacher. I enjoyed the silk ribbon in small quantities! So a small embellishment project perhaps would be fun.
Maybe I would feel differently if I had
a) a proper needle
b) non cheap silk ribbon
c) proper size of silk ribbon
But I enjoyed the lesson nonetheless.
Next on the project list was watercoloring a background to use with silk ribbon or crazy quilting. Let's just say that not ALL of us should take up watercoloring on paper or fabric. As my paint was either clumping on my fabric ( not enough water) or running in a stream through my fabric (too much water perhaps?) I remembered that I was never good at watercolors at any time in my life. So my sample will get tucked away never to see the light again.
This was great fun! Happy stitching!