November 13, 2011

Resolving New Years Resolutions

This weekend has been spent playing catch up. Catch up with my life.

For instance, I'm just now finishing Mo's Double Wedding Ring Quilt. That's right. She's been married now... what... four years? Five? They have two children.

And the quilt is just now being finished.

And why would that be? Well, first, it's been a Royal Pain in the A$$. No idea how much I'd bitten off, it is so difficult, but worse still I decided on a Double bed size. Do you know how hard it is to shove a double sized quilt through a sewing machine?

You have to roll up parts of it, slip it through, all the time attempting to manage to stitch where you need to stitch and I don't mind saying, I totally suck at it.

Second, I realized that one of the fabrics I used might bleed when washed. After literally 100+ hours on this quilt, that thought threw me into a tailspin and I put it aside. I couldn't deal. I've made two baby quilts and a few quilts for friends since then. I've talked about her quilt, but couldn't get to it.

I spoke to a Quilt expert this weekened, asking if there was something I could do. She said, "What you have now, Dear, is what we call a Dry Clean Only quilt." And she smiled sweetly.

There is no guarantee the fabric will run, but on the tag I embroider for the back, it may very well say, "Could be Dry Clean Only..."

Either way, I decided enough was enough, and I've been working on it all weekend.

Here is a picture taken five years ago... this was before the wedding, I believe. Since then there has been quilting done on the inside. I'll post a picture when finished. I expect it will be finished by Thanksgiving. All machine work will be complete THIS week with the rest of the hand work in the next 10 days.

I told my Mom, the good thing is, I'm a much better quilter now than I was when I started. The finishing I'm doing now, I was not capable of when I first started this quilt.

Wedding Quilt2.jpg

Meanwhile, on a funny note, TGOO sent us this video and we laughed. It may be because I'm married to an Italian, but I think not. I did tell my husband to send it to all his cousins...

Posted by Boudicca at November 13, 2011 08:37 PM

That is a lovely lovely quilt. You do beautiful work. :-) No matter how long it took, it will be treasured I'm sure.

Posted by: Teresa at November 13, 2011 11:39 PM

Your abilities just had to catch up to your project. Beautiful work.

Posted by: AC at November 14, 2011 12:11 AM

Ah, things happen for a reason. Skills needed to catch up. So all works out well. Looks like a lovely quilt. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Posted by: PeggyK at November 14, 2011 06:38 AM

It's simply beautiful, but never discount the love sewn into every seam... They will treasure it always.

The vid is hilarious!

Posted by: pam at November 14, 2011 08:47 AM

That is one of the most daunting quilt patterns to attempt. Your accurate precision is awesome.

Did you pre-wash all the fabric at least once before cutting the pieces? That helps cut down on the bleeding in washing the completed piece. Red can be a bugger, however.

It's beautiful and will be a treasured heirloom.

Posted by: Jean at November 14, 2011 11:14 AM

My mother-in-law taught me how to quilt and of all the quilts I've done, the wedding ring quilt was the only one I pieced and quilted by hand because of it's difficulty. It was like the third quilt I ever made and your right. If you want to really learn the finishing, that's the quilt. :) AND I have you hands down beat. It took me 10 years to finish a snowball quilt with a very difficult on point edging (queen size). I hated that quilt pattern by time I got it done on my machine.

As for your predicament - The old fashion remedy - Vinegar is used to set color (don't forget to add a 'color collector' piece of fabric) and salt is the 'stop' wash. Be absolutely sure to wash the vinegar out thoroughly. It's an acetic acid and will eventually weaken the fabric. Do NOT use salt in a washing machine as it will eat through the metal drum. But there are a couple other products out there that work far better and are safer for the fabric fibers. They can usually be found in quilt stores. I know people who swear by Retayne when washing fabric BEFORE quilting and Synthrapol for finished quilts. Hope that helps. :)

Posted by: Lemon Stand at November 14, 2011 04:30 PM

I wash all my fabrics in advance. However, I did NOT wash one fabric... the red one. It is from a dress my sister had when she was a baby, and in my head I thought, "Oh, it's from fabric that made a dress, it's fine!" Not sure where that logic came from...

There is a 50/50 chance it will run. I've done all the dye tests and half of them show no running. SOMETIMES a piece of new red velvet and rub with white, it comes off. SOMETIMES, it does not.

So I think when I supply the quilt, I'll supply it with some of the new stuff like Retayne. The option is to wash it normally or through dry clean. I just want her to know in advance.

I'm in the process of stippling. It should have a nice finish. I just need to get the machine work done now... I can finish teh handwork at my folks'.

Posted by: Bou at November 14, 2011 04:46 PM

beautiful job on the really turned out beautiful

Posted by: AWTM at November 16, 2011 01:03 AM

Ohh!!! It is always the mots important thing to resolve them!

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