Washed and crinkled

Do you wash your quilts before ‘giving them away’ ? Do you PREWASH your fabric before cutting?

I did not used to….but after my experience last summer with a very complicated quilt and the resulting reworking of it, I will never take a chance again! I want my quilts to be USED! And using them means they will get washed. Not always the way I would wash them, so I want to make sure no color runs, and that it shrinks up and crinkles up the way I expect it too.

There was a lot of blue and red bleeding of my quilt for JJ, and thankfully I used a color catcher (BOUNCE product) when it washed. I ran it through a warm wash and was worried that it might bleed again, so I washed it on warm AGAIN with a 2nd color catcher. This time not much color on the catcher, and so I tossed it in the dryer and “let it go”.

Washed a crinkled

Washed a crinkled

I love how it looks and felt when I took it out of the dryer….warm and ready to snuggle!

A finished project – Quilt for JJ – The Boxer

pic one on fence finished

pix seven back of quilt

(If you click on the photo of the back of the quilt and zoom in a bit, you can see some of the quilting detail)

Finished quilt for JJ

Finished quilt for JJ

Here is the finished project – a memorial quilt for JJ King, in honor of his father, Senior Airman J. King who was killed in the line of duty in February 2013 at Andrews AFB Maryland.
What else can I say, but I am thrilled to have worked on this quilt, and delighted that I completed it today, Memorial Day.

After taking the photo’s I drummed up the courage to bring it in the house, toss in the front loader with a color catcher and set the temperature to WARM. I ran it through the washer twice because that first color catcher was PURPLE when I took it out. The second time the color catcher was lightly tinged with blue and red, so I feel comfortable about the colors staying fast. It is in the dryer tonight, and I look forward to seeing how it crunches up into the stitching. I did prewash my flannel and the solid blue had been prewashed. I was a little nervous about those reds and blues; and am hoping the cream in this quilt resembles it’s proper color when it comes out of the dryer. Cross your fingers!!

You’ve read the back story over the course of the last two months. I am looking forward to sharing it tomorrow with my sewing friends at church, and then sending off in the mail on Wednesday morning.

Special thanks to Susan for asking me to make this quilt.
Special note: the pattern is called The Boxer, designed by Jeni Baker for Aurifil as the March 2013 Block of the Month, hosted by Pat Sloan.

LOVING the flange!!!

LOVING the way the flange looks  peaking out from behind my binding!!

LOVING the way the flange looks peaking out from behind my binding!!

This is turning out to be the best finishing touch to an awesome event!!
LOVE the flange!!!

Getting about 1/3 the way around the front side of the quilt…taking a dinner break! Will probably finish in the morning!!! Can’t wait to get the rest of this binding on, take a couple of pictures…then wash this quilt and see “what” happens….

Note; this is an Aurifil March 2013 BLOCK of the Month; Designed by Jeni Baker. Block is called THE BOXER. I just HAD to make the whole quilt with this one block. Sashing and borders are my own design! Thanks especially today to “Aunt Marti” http://www.52quilts.com for the awesome tutorial on flanges in binding! Thanks also to Pat Sloan who hosts Aurifil Block of the Month this year.

Machine quilting is finished

Got back out to the sewing room today and FINISHED the machine quilting on the memorial quilt I have been working on.
Tomorrow I think I will make some binding and get it stitched on. I feel so close to completion on this quilt. Would really
like to get it in the mail on Tuesday morning! (No pressure……)
Here is a peak at the machine quilting….all pretty straight line….


PRINTING on FABRIC & Working on the back

Well; you know about my “mistake” on the quilt front……I have managed to “pick out” the stitches all around the upside down block (really a whole row)….now I just need to get busy and reinsert it. That is the plan for today!

But, I was so annoyed with myself I could not face it for a couple of days!!  Hate when that happens.  I did, however, spend my time productively.

I experimented with printing on my own fabric using the freezer paper method.  It worked GREAT!!!  I have used the commercially available products in the past, but last year my quilt instructor, Edwina,  at Serendipity Quilt Shop told me about this method.  Basically she said “GOOGLE IT” …so I did.   I found lots of information about how to do the process; ordered the Bubble Jet wash and Bubble Jet Rinse products too….  I think I have about $20 invested in the Bubble products.  I’ve had them sitting on the shelf, just waiting for me to use them.

When I decided to try this over the weekend, here is what I did…..

I cut the fabric and the freezer paper to 8.5 x 11 “.  I ironed the fabric to the shiny side of the freezer paper; brought it to the printer and put ONE piece  in the paper tray.  My printer pulls from the bottom tray, and I have to load it fabric side down.  (I learned a long time ago to put an X on the top piece of paper and see which side it printed on.  )

I set my printing options to the HIGHEST quality PHOTO settings…the maximum DPI.  Takes a LOT of ink, and it prints REALLY slow…but the quality is awesome.

I was so excited about doing this, I skipped the Bubble JET WASH process…..But I did the RINSE when I was finished and hung the piece to dry on a hanger.  I went ahead; after the fact and washed two more pieces of fabric, just to see how they turn out.  I think I will try to print on them later in the week.

Anyway; without further ado….below is the picture of what I printed.


This first message was written by the family who asked me to make this quilt.

message on fabric print 2

The Farmer family asked me to tell a little about myself and the making of the quilt, so this message is what I wrote.

Below is the setting for both messages.


I decided to use some of the remaining fabric used  on the front of the quilt to set the block for the message.

I have since stitched it down to the flannel quilt back…..hoping it is near center!!

Off to put to the  upside down piece “right side up”….

Happy Sewing!

Progress report!

Pin basted at church

Pin basted at church

I have been working pretty much non stop since Tuesday morning on my BOXER quilt. Got the pieces back together, and took it church on Tuesday afternoon and pin basted it. I was able to get the quilting started while I worked with my group at church. It’s always nice to have a few ideas bounces around when it comes to “how would you quilt this?”. I spent most of Wednesday quilting too. In fact, since my husband had a meeting after dinner, I went back out and sewed until 10:30 pm. I was getting saddle sore from being in the sewing chair for almost 8 hours straight. Still have lots more to do to get the quilting done, but I am going to work on it again this afternoon!

My friend Krisin was working on borders for a quilt she was making for a nephew. She is a half/square triangle fan, and does LOTS of quilts using them. In fact, when she gets going making HST she makes so many, she always has a stash of ready made squares. This quilt below, came totally from her stash! I recognized the pieces immediately. She had made a quilt for one of her sons with the same squares! The fun of the half square triangles is you can do SO many patterns and get so many different looks.  The blue stripe border makes me dizzy, not sure I could bind this quilt!

Kristin's quilt for her nephew

Kristin’s quilt for her nephew


I have to ADMIT….I did take a break this week and “play” again with my embroidery machine. I found a great source where I can download 3 free designs each week, so I went looking for something I could use on a bookmark. One of my great nieces had her CONFIRMATION at church two weeks ago, and I wanted to make a little something special for her. So, when I found the design, I got busy and got stitching.

bookmark for Lexie

bookmark for Lexie

So, that was fun to make! The design is called the Luther Rose or Luther Seal, and is very symbolic for Lutherans. Had to change the colors from what the “designer” used. I knew something was “off” from what I was seeing on the embroidery website, and I had to double check, and make the proper changes. The heart has to be red, not pink. The cross has to be black, not gold. Otherwise, the designer did a beautiful job I think.

More stitching to come today….

Yikes….the mistake JUMPS out at me!

So; why is it you can’t see the mistake when you stare at something for days and days and weeks and weeks….???

I was just posting a photo of my Memorial Quilt to the Aurifil Flickr group, and all of a sudden —

Boy oh boy did it just JUMP out at me….do you see it???

Center section; 3rd row..wpid-2013-05-11_13-29-42_885.jpgdo you see it????

The blue “frame” has the top piece reversed….

And of course, the borders are on….I was getting ready to put the quilt together……guess I better get out the seam ripper….grrrrr….