I finished the Christmas quilt that was made from a kit. This is just about the first time that I didn't wash the fabric before sewing it together. The fabric was cut into pieces, some of which were pretty small, but other were large. I just started cutting it up without thinking too much about it. Then, when I was pressing some blocks, it seemed like the red would stick to the iron and move over to the lighter color. I was afraid it would bleed, so I tested some red and white together in water and it didn't bleed.
My first post about this was September 12. I had the blocks done but not sewn together. Last week I was reading Barb's blog
and she was showing a finished quilt - just awesome - and showed how she washes it in her bath tub. She had some bleeding and needed to fix that. I have also read in other blogs that some quilters wash their quilt as soon as they finish it. I rarely do that. Now I'm wondering if that is something a lot of quilters do.
Anyway, I decided to wash this one in my tub because I wanted to be sure that it wouldn't bleed as I plan to sell it and my washing machine doesn't have a gentle cycle (well, it has it, but it certainly isn't very gentle). I used 2 color catchers and some Dawn. I soaked it for a couple hours and rinsed it a couple times, then put it in the washing machine to spin and dryer it in the clothes dryer. It came out perfect!
Here' a close up of the appliquéd ornament in the center.
This is the backing fabric and you can see the quilting better. I quilted it with a goldfish thread on top and bottom. The backing fabric is dark green with light green and gold dotted lines.
Another project that will be for me is this wool appliqué wall hanging. I really need to get it finished or I won't be able to use it this year. All the pieces are stitched down by machine and I just need to do a little hand embroidery and find some more buttons to sew onto the backing on the sides.
My cousin from New York and her hubby is in town this weekend - her first time to visit Oregon! We will be spending the day with them today and then they will be going to Newport, on the coast for a conference. I rarely get to see her, so this is great!!
Please let me know if you wash your quilts as soon as you finish them - and why. Do you wash the fabric before hand?
Here's a couple pictures of the beautiful fall trees in the area.
I love fall!!