Thursday, February 6, 2014

Continuing on my quilty journey...

I'm still working CS. Currently assembling the blocks, but I've decided I had to start some new projects as well.

I joined Amy Gibson's The Sugar Block Club for 2014 and I have yet to make either January of February or any to the treats she has posted. Boo!! This will change this month!!!

I have also joined up and downloaded Leah Day's Building Blocks Quilt Along and I have finished January's quilting and February's piecing!!!  Yay!! Caught up!

My wiggly line is a little too wiggly.
This one was very much fun to do





The backsides..



I struggled a bit trying to make the points line up after pressing my seams open.

February!





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So, since many of the fabric I'm using are fat quarters I did not prewash in an attempt to avoid the horrible unraveling. I have been testing for colorfastness by placing pieces of the colored fabric in water with a piece of white fabric.  Well, I got burned, or so I thought.

I left my bowl with my snips of background, the green and the white for two days. And on the second day the white fabric had a bluish cast. I panicked. By this time I had pieced and cut all the backs for February's three blocks and I already had January done. So I decided that I better wash everything now to avoid a big problem down the road. (I've done that and now my son has a quilt with some muddy purple blocks, but a really beautiful red flannel backing …can you hear the sarcasm?) I washed al the dark fabrics together with a color catcher as well as the completed quilted blocks. The quilted blocks are still their proper color! Yay!!. They're just a little wrinkly now. I wonder if I can still use them in this quilt? maybe I'll press them out and see what they look like.

I'm also going to link up to Cat Patches 2014 New FO Challenge! Yay I love starting new things!!

Off to quilt…

10 comments:

  1. Great job on your quilting, Dani! Thanks for linking up to the NewFO Challenge this month.

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    1. Thank you for hosting! It's such a great idea!

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  2. I made a quilt for my daughter and when she asked how to wash it, forgot to mention color catchers. The cranberry bled onto the cream! Lesson learned. Glad your made it okay. Your swirls look good! Mine tend to not be quite round. Maybe time will help.

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    1. I was wishing they could be more round! Thanks! Now I'm a little worried to use them in the final quilt, since they would be the only squares washed after being quilted - will they stick out as being more wrinkly than the rest of them? Maybe I'll just have to use them and see…

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  3. I'm loving your color choices for the Building Blocks Quilt.

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    1. Thanks. I'm going to try to somehow coordinate the thread choice with the block color. I like bright!

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  4. Your quilted blocks look great and I really like your color choices as well. You are not alone in the Sugar Block Club. I have also joined and have my fabric picked out but have yet to sew the blocks. Hopefully I will get caught up before the next month.

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    1. You're ahead of me - I haven't picked out my fabrics yet. But, this month I WILL! Oh - Love your (and your mom's) CS quilts!! I gotta work on that too...

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  5. Hello Dani,

    Wonderful quilting, and Leah Day's quilt along project is a great idea. When I started free motion quilting I had to brace myself before I started, like jumping into cold water. It looks as though you are well past that stage, your quilting flows.

    Love,
    Muv

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    1. You are too kind! I've been following Leah's blog for a while and trying to FM, but I could never make it a regular part of my day. And it makes sense when she says that you have to do a little every day to get better, so I thought her quilt along project was perfect to get me to do this.

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