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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 534375 views.

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.


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


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?


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


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.

Dee that dawn soak is would not think that there would be so much dye bleeding out of stuff till you see it. 

Love your scrappy binding!


From: Midkid5


Since I prewash all yardage on hot water I have found that a few drops of Dawn with regular laundry soap takes care of almost all bleeding.  If I happen to use a precut just wash the quilt with a few drops of Dawn has also taken care of any bleeding for me.


The dawn soak site by Vicki has been around for years. I actually found it on quilting some years back when a bunch of us were dyeing our own fabrics. Vicki has a great business selling her dyed fabric. I have used the dawn soak over the years and it has saved more than one quilt. Other quilters have done the same. You may want to go over to her site and check it out. 


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


I put the rows for this on the design wall before I sewed them together to check for errors in layout.  I guess I didn't look at it long enough.  I found one last night as I was sitting on the floor brushing the cat. At least it is only one block to turn. and thank goodness I found it before it was quilted,