After much discussion and thought…I’ve decided to make better use of my hotel time and bring my hand quilting with me on teaching trips…hoping that quilters will like to see projects-in-progress, watching me finish the work on hand quilting this monster.
Instead of traveling with a machine piecing project -- I'll save hexies for the airports, planes and guild meetings, but relax by hand quilting in the evenings. This will get DONE!
A couple of years ago it DID travel with me…and on one of those trips, the duffel bag got wet, and then sat in the back of someone’s car trunk ---leaving some stains on the white shirting print background.
I had HOPES that if I just finished quilting the quilt, that I would be able to spray and wash those stains out….but I couldn’t wait ANY LONGER!
I don’t want to travel with a dirty stained quilt.
So today I sprayed oxi-clean on to those bad looking spots, crossed my fingers, threw in a couple of color catchers and WASHED my half-quilted quilt.
I used warm wash/cool rinse. And I held my breath.
I am hanging it over the roller bar of my longarm to air dry. I don’t want the quilt to shrink up BEFORE I finish all the hand quilting.
One thing I can say…this quilt was machine basted VERY WELL so that acted much like machine quilting would, and kept things from shifting.
I checked….I didn’t find where the stains USED to be, but we will know for sure once this sucker is dry.
Another good thing ---because I’m quilting this with fans….once I went completely around the quilt a couple of times I went ahead and put the binding on so I didn’t have naked batting just hanging out the edge and looking ratty and terrible. The hanging sleeve is also done on this quilt….just finishing the quilting on the middle is all that needs to be done.
Fans work their way from the outside edge towards the center where they just meet and stop. If you want to know more about quilting fans, click my link HERE.
I’m just about packed for Wings Falls, New York tomorrow! I’ll be IN BED and hopefully asleep by 9:30pm…at least that is my goal.
It’s another 6:15am flight out --- and Yep, you guessed it…..NEWARK AWAITS! LOL!