Monday, October 18, 2010

Friday Night Sew In - October

Finally, I'm ready to post my results from this
month's Friday Night Sew In.  I was able to finish
this Quilt of Valor which is one of the goals I've been working
The QOV foundation asks quilters to wash
all quilts before donation, so I decided to take this
step before I took my photographs.

Recently I read a post by Amada Jean at
Crazy Mom Quilts where she shared her thoughts
on prewashing quilts before you gift them. The above
photo is exactly why prewashing is a good idea.
This wonderful product called Stain Be Gone
is a sheet that can be tossed into the washer to attract
dyes in wash water. Let me tell you it works!
The top sheet collected dye when I first washed the quilt.
The sheet was so dark
that I decided to wash the quilt a second time to see if
it would collect more dye...and it did!
The middle sheet is the results of the second wash.
The bottom sheet is a new one.
There is nothing that make the heart sick,
 like time and effort wasted on a project
where the colors bleed when washed. In case anyone asks,
I did prewash all my fabrics before piecing the top.

Click this link if you want to read more about the
construction of this quilt.

For the backing I added several leftover blocks.

And this is the what was going on at my feet while
I was trying to take photos...

...because obviously someone does not get enough attention.
Can you relate?

May you always Sew in Peace!


  1. nice to know the "dye" collectors work -- i thought i'd try 'em out on a piece of yardage -- love the quilt -- evidently kitty does too!

  2. Beautiful quilt! I need to look for the dryer sheets, thanks for the info.

  3. The quilt turned out very nice. I'll have to look for the dye catcher sheets. When I prewash my fabrics, I use one cup of white vinegar to set the dye.

  4. A lovely quilt.

  5. Thank you so much for becoming my follower. I love your work.

  6. What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for the 'review' on the dye catcher sheets. I'm going to have to get some. I love your 'helper'!

  7. Love your quilt and especially love what you did with the extra blocks on the backing.

    We can't buy those dye catcher sheets here in Canada. I got some from doing a swap with a lady in Australia. They really do work and seeing your sheets shows that we need them here. I prewash my fabric too and they still run when I wash my quilts.


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