My progress this week.
So, I have a question for you all.
How do you care for your cotton and wool quilts?
This is the first quilt top I have worked on that has both wool and cotton applique. I use the P3 method of applique prep, so my quilt top has starch and glue in it. I usually soak it in a cold bath after I am done to dilute and disperse the glue and starch...I know it doesn't all come out. I am hesitant to put this puppy in the bath. I would appreciate any input I can get! Do I have to worry about the over-dyed wool bleeding? How do I wash it? These are questions students have asked and I don't have the answers.
Another first for me...I used silk matka for the border. The tobacco color was just too perfect. It needled just fine, but the fraying at the edges was unreal. Thank goodness I had added a 1/2" to the cutting directions for the border. I always cut everything bigger and then custom cut it to size no matter if I am piecing or appliqueing. Even so, every time a thread would come off, at least a 1/16th of inch of border was lost. That is why I have fewer leaves in my border than the pattern called for. I needed a yard of the silk matka. I prewashed it and it shrunk quite a bit.
If you like this pattern, Woolie Mammoth is having a giveaway here. I know that as soon as I put that first flag on, I was in love. You can bet this one will be ready to go to the quilter soon.
My girls are coming back to the cabin next week, so I don't know how much more progress I will make on my WIPs. However, I know I will be having a heck of a good time. We head back to the desert at the end of August. I am not looking forward to the heat, but I will enjoy reconnecting with my quilting community. Now back to sewing...I only have the weekend to get this flimsy finished!