Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In the Mail

Yesterday in the mail I got the neatest quilt from the Four Seasons Quilt Swap fifth round. You may remember that I didn't make it into the final swap for the original four seasons but when the swap leader came up with a fifth round I jumped at the chance. The fifth round was for monchromatic quilts for a specific season as chosen by the receiver of the quilt. I chose orange and brown and spring. I was gently reminded that orange and brown are not typical spring colors so I changed my season to fall and the color to just orange. Here's what came from Lori:

This is a unique setting in that Lori did not just make blocks and join them together in a standard grid, instead she made the leaf blocks, scattered them on a 20" grid and filled in the resulting spaces with white fabric. Very, very nice result!

There is a very important lesson learned in this quilt....even modern fabrics can have their colors run when washed. I have tended, in the past couple of years, to not pre-wash my quilting fabrics before working with them. A couple of the leaf fabrics ran when Lori washed the final quilt and, although it does not bother me in the least, I think I will return to pre-washing my fabrics when making a special quilt for someone.

My entry for this swap? Well it is almost done but I am still fiddling with it. My challenge was to use brown for a fall quilt. Let's just say there won't be a leaf on it. Until its done that's all the hints I will give you.

Thanks Lori! I can't wait to hang this with the other swapped quilts I have received.


Margaret aka Supermom said...

you might try a bleach pen about a quarter inch from the leaf. I have had good results with these.

smiledarlin said...

I did prewash that dyed fabric- but yet it still ran!! Dad gummit! I will watch using it in another project.

I am so glad you liked the quilt. i really had fun making it- just tumbling the leaves all swirling around.

I have really enjoyed this swap. Hope to see you in the next one.

Desiree said...

I don't prewash anything cause I almost always buy FQs/1/4yd cuts and it is such a pain! I've never had a bleeding problem, but I don't use a lot of white either. I've been told those Shout color grab it sheets work WONDERFULLY in the wash with quilts and keep the fabrics from bleeding. Maybe this would help? I can't wait to see what I get back from this swap!