Wednesday, 23 May 2012

WIP#3- Slow But Steady Progress

Making slow but steady progress ...

Bought some backing for my FMQ practice quilt as I did not have a large enough piece (dark enough) for this quilt. I could have pieced something together but just did not feel like it (did some gardening instead).

Quilt top

One of these days I shall write a post about prewashing of fabric. After some disasters with colour runs I now prewash all my fabric all the time. The colour of this backing fabric ran and ran and took quite some time to get a clear rinse. Obviously not the best of quality.
So next step is to do the basting which I will tackle on the weekend.

Made some progress on my table runner though.

Enjoyed this immensely...mind you, I am a bit out of practice with the 'Claws' block and had a hard time getting the points right which will be very important when I sew the first border around (as I have done the block a number of times I only know too well that the points can easily disappear in the border).  Also paid some attention to the blue fabric for once, i.e. cut the seams of the blue fabric (where it is pressed towards the white fabric) slightly shorter than a quarter of an inch so it is covered by the white seams and will not shine through. Very pleased with myself as I usually forget this step only noticing it when it is much too late to do anything about it. I really like this block and the colour arrangement. The fabric has a Japanese theme and a more elaborate but matching floral arrangement will be repeated in the second border.

Well that's it from me today. Can't wait to start the FMQ Wednesdays with Leah Day again.

If you have not done so already, make sure sure you have a look at Amy's Creative Side. She is hosting and organising the Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2012. The participation in this event is truly amazing and there are some wonderful quilts on show. If the truth be known this is where I have spent most of my time in the last few around looking at all the entries and trying to decide what quilts to nominate in the different categories. This is not going to be easy.

Until next time



  1. love your claw block! I have gotten in the habbit of washing my fabrics too. I think it helps with distortion. I used to not out of laziness, but it's worth it.

    1. Yes, same here. As soon as I got the fabric I wanted to use it. Then one day disaster struck and the dark blue fabric of one of those Claw blocks bled into the white surrounds and the backing. Lucky though, I did find a stain remover product that removed the excess dye and ever since then I wash everything beforehand.

  2. Beautiful piecework. I totally concur on pre-washing fabric - it's just not worth the risk of running/bleeding on a completed project!

  3. Yes...unfortunately I learnt this the hard way by having a project almost ruined.

  4. I love that block! What kinda fun one could have with that...

  5. Yes, one of my favourites...

  6. Just love your FMQ practice quilt and will look forward to watching the progress. I agree with pre washing fabrics and pre wash about 90 percent of mine. Take care.


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