Happy new year everyone!
I hope you are all well and rested before Monday arrives! That is the day school starts again and holidays are definitely over. Today I have started a big clean up of the sewing room and moved out all of the bags of papers that need to be sorted. That will be a task for tomorrow.
The last two weeks have been”interesting”. Just before Christmas I came down with a mighty stomach bug. All of my plans for the week had to be cancelled. No Christmas, no family gathering and no trip to Italy…
Yikes, I could not even go on a trip that my friend and I had been planning for months: Rome, Assisi and Florence were on the program. I had a very hard time making the decision NOT to go on the trip and listen to my body telling me “NO!”.
So I listened…. I lay on the couch, watched tv, slept and did nothing. My friend did go on the trip and asked her parents to join her. I am glad she decided to go! She kept me posted through the whole trip with daily WhatsApp updates and pictures! I loved that!
The unwrapping of the Christmas gifts at my parents house I did get to see through the blessings of Facetime. ( I can’t tell you how much I love my Ipad!). This way I did not feel that far away from all of the fun. A few days later my parents did come to visit me and we got to enjoy all of the decorations I made especially for Christmas.
My Christmas presents were quilting related of course! I had asked (secret) Santa for some Amy Butler fabric. These fabrics I have always admired, but somehow I tend to stay away from anything so floral and bold in design. I thought it was time to push me out of my comfort zone a bit and try something new! (It is actually weird that I have never bought quilting fabric like this as many pieces of my clothing are rather bold in pattern and colour.)
Big bold fabric, big bolt pattern!
I combined the bits of Amy Butler with a solid navy and various floral and geometric fabrics from my stash.
I am glad how the quilt top turned out. The pattern was so quick to sew! Unbelievable, how easy it was. I spied the pattern on Leanne’s blog She Can Quilt and saw she had used similar colours and also fabric by Amy Butler. So I just shamelessly copied her idea! ;-)
Just like Leanne I did not cut individual squares, but for each “plus” I cut two squares (5,5×5,5) and 1 rectangle (15,5×5,5). Sewing this together was super easy and I would recommend doing it this way! You only have about 2 seams to line up per row. Like I said: super easy!
Santa also brought me this special ruler!
I just started a new quilt pattern using this ruler, but have caught a snag. One of my pieces of fabric got dirty somehow and I tried to wash out the stain. To my horror the darkest fabric bled! I know I have prewashed this fabric when I first got it about a year ago, so I not expect this to happen.
Here is a picture of the back of the block that I washed by hand. See how the blue is coming through the white? I have trieed it again on a test block I had made. This time I did not rub the fabric, but put it in hot water. Here is also bled ever so slightly. It is hardly visible, but it is there. BLUE!
I had envisioned this new quilt to be a wall hanging for my bedroom so nothing had would need regular washing.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
– Stop and replace the bleeding fabric? (Everything is still in blocks and I am about halfway through my design.)
– Continue and hope for the best whenever the wall quilt will be washed?
Thank you for the advice!