|Tanya Whelan's Dolce|
|Amy Butler's Daisy Chain|
|Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush|
|Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush|
|Sea from Cloud9 organic cotton|
Something that didn't quite make the condensed 2011 list, but has remained in my mind, is to try and establish some good habits, in the sewing cupboard at least ;-) A lot of quilt makers recommend you pre-wash all your fabric before you use it. They also say that you should iron seams religiously. I've been ironing all my seams for a few months now, and boy does it make a difference. So much easier to continue joining sections when the seams are all beautifully flat and in the right direction! So, pre-washing. I thought it was about time I got stuck into following that advice too.
I have to admit I was so nervous about colour run, I did a 30 degree wash, well 3 of them as I separated everything into lights and darks, and then inbetweens! I also stuck in some colour catcher sheets. A whole lot of "ruined fabric" scenarios occupied my naps... Fortunately the colours looked fine! Happy happy. No runs, all the gorgeous bright beautiful patterns still gorgeously bright and beautiful. But oh the threads, the threads, everywhere. The fraying... So sad, so horrible. "Pre-wash to get shrinkage over and done with, so your finished quilt doesn't shrink much." Sod fabric shrinkage, the only shrinkage I'm seeing is the terrible waste of fraying, brought on by pre-washing!
A little point of note, for anyone as dumb as me (I'm assuming most of you will know this so apologies for stating the obvious to clever folk) Never let your cotton fabric do a full cycle on tumble dry. Have the brains to remember to stop the machine and take everything out before its completely dry. Its not so important with most clothes these days, as most clothes these days have a certain degree of Lycra or polyester or some man made non natural substance to them, making them relatively ready to wear. Given that I now have the memory of a gnat I almost always, well, actually just always to be honest, completely forget I've put a load in and it can sit in washing machine or dryer for days... But back to the cotton. Or at least what I know was cotton but now resembled the fabric equivalent of a car crushed into a wee metal cube. Not so happy, happy.
Sticking with my new "find the bright side" challenge, I got to use my lovely new ironing board cover for a good 11 hours. (that's not including the frequent essential naps). Here's a thought - Cath Kidston, so many pretty things, so girly, so cute, so moreish. So expensive! So I'm sure I'm not the only girl who couldn't resist the sale. Might it then be an idea NOT to package the stuff in boxes with "Cath Kidston" boldly spread across every angle, might it be possible that more girls would be tempted if the packages arrived in unmarked boxes? Or am I the only one who considers it a guilty pleasure?
|No such thing as a sneaky Cath Kidston purchase...|
The sheer hell of a million brutal irrepressible creases over, I can store my beloved bundle bounty ready to use - albeit with the firm intention not to bother to pre-wash fat quarters, and for gods sake girl remember not to tumble dry the crap out of cotton ever again.
Now you'd think after all that I'd be getting stuck right in to using one of those beauties. Think again! I am going to prolong the pleasure and keep them on display for a wee while, enjoying every minute of planning what to do with them! In the mean time i have 3 jelly rolls from last year to enjoy!
First up will be Moda Pure Sweetwater range, used in this intriguing pattern from Crazy Mom Quilts on Bee Square Blog A new pattern for me to try, one that looks like triangles but (thank god) ISN'T! Well, one step at a time eh?