Yesterday was a great day thanks to Lily's Quilts Small Blog Meetup. Not only did I find lots of lovely new blogs to follow but I now have readers!!! Yay! And comments!!! Again YAY! However, I didn't know (and don't know) the differences between becoming a follower and adding a blog to my Google Reader. I added several blogs from yesterday to my Reader but on my profile, it says that I'm not following any blogs. I need to check into that.
I don't usually buy charm packs (I plan to write a post about my fabric buying soon). I can actually say I have bought charm packs 3 times. The first time was Nicey Jane (love!) which I used to make a doll quilt for my middle daughter. The second was a few months ago to make a baby quilt for the baby. The charm pack I used for the baby quilt included strong reds, blues, greys, and whites. I didn't prewash the fabric (I usually prewash yardage) and when I washed the quilt, the colors bled. I still love the quilt and use it daily in the baby stroller but . . .
Last week, I again ordered charm packs from two different online shops. Both orders came on the same day and for some reason, I decided to divide the packs by color and prewash. I knew this would involve lots of ironing since I probably had almost 200 charms but I decided to do it anyway (I don't know - maybe the sleep deprivation from having a baby is getting to me?) I started with the blues, purples, and similar and put the charms and yardage in the washing machine. I should have known there would be some unraveling but it was more than I expected so when I put in the reds and pinks, I put the charms in a mesh lingerie bag. I also put the wet charms in a lingerie bag for the dryer. And, here is what I ended up with.
Lots of unraveled ends, clumps of loose threads, and several hours of ironing and sorting.
When I opened the packages, Middle Daughter asked if I could use one of packs to make something for her (I've been making lots of baby quilts lately.) Since I had only planned on making baby, doll, and mini quilts, I only bought one set of each design but I had about 1 1/2 yards of off-white fabric so since the Little Apples came out basically unscathed from the above experience, I chose that and this is what I made. (I used this tutorial to make the top "blocks.")
But don't look too close - it was just one issue after another, I messed up the seams - sewing one side up and one down.
AND the overall size was just off and since I didn't have any fabrics in my stash that I thought coordinated well, I cut it into a "doll" quilt and pillow, maybe?
I thought with the small size, I could just get straight enough lines without marking - WRONG!
I cut the binding but we'll see what disasters that brings tomorrow. BUT despite all this, I know Middle Daughter will absolutely LOVE it! And in the end, that's all that matters, right?
Yes, I love hand-quilting but wow, these are taking a long time.
Hmm, are my posts too long?!?
And, now that I possibly have readers (if you made it to the end of this post) - do you prewash your precuts? I've also read about washing the final project with vinegar - does that work? My hubby is worried it will ruin the washing machine.