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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 503251 views.

From: sueinIL


How true!  And sometimes the forever is self-imposed. Not liking a block that is 2 rows up and 4 over, and you've already sewn your rows together.

Sue in IL

5dogmom (CRISR5)

From: 5dogmom (CRISR5)


I'd put all three with a few blocks and see which one knocks your socks after a week or so.

Cris in MT


Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


In *that* case, I'd need to think about it for awhile.   Is the quilt for me? I might live with it.

Is it for someone else?  I'd probably moan and groan,  then fix it. Sigh 


From: sueinIL


Probably just for me, but I have to tweak everything until I'm happy. It's OK, just part of the process for me.

Sue in IL

Sue when that happens to me I just go get my seam ripper an remove the thing that is not right..............then you are ready to move on and fix it. When I sew things wrong I will rip it apart ASAP and not put it down because then it is hard to come back to. If the unsewing part is already done then it is so much easier to want to just move it forward.


From: sueinIL


Ami, that's what I usually do, too.  But in this case, I needed to see the big picture before I saw the block that wasn't going to work.  (It's the Abraham Lincoln quilt).  It has so many colors and at least 2 per fblock, that I could only see the problem once I had them all laid out.  I thought everything was OK until I got to that last set of 2 rows. I just have to rip up and down seams and put a different block in.  That'll be today's priority.

Sue in IL

Hopefully you get your new block made and put in so you can check this one off your list.

3 quilts bound and done.  I'm especially pleased with how this binding turned out.  I did do the "dawn soak" on this quilt since I did not know if any of the blacks I was given had been washed.  And I was a bit concerned about the noodle pack too.  Glad I did.  The water turned dark gray right away.

this one I had prewashed the fabrics so I was pretty comfortable this one would not bleed.  I did a mix of the fabrics for the binding.


From: judyinohio


Please explain your "Dawn soak" procedure.

I will assume it involves Dawn detergent but with cold water? Warm water? How long?

very hot water.  the idea is to lift the excess dye out and suspend it.  Here is the blog post where I learned about it.  I've used it several times now, even saved a quilt that had bled years ago.

I now use this method with yardage if I am worried about it bleeding (those hand dyes you sent me a few years ago).  I don't tend to do it with novelty prints unless it looks exceptionally questionable.  I did it with the B&W quilt because I didn't know if the noodles I was given had been prewashed.  I'm guessing they were not.