Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ironing Fabric!

I am a Fabric Pre-washer..........some people aren't.........that's fine....do whatever suits you!!!  I had to move this recently-washed and folded stack of fabric to take some photos and it occurred to me that it would be a good photo!   Always have to move things around in this sewing room.....all flat surfaces are occupied!  What I would like to say is that my fabric is self-ironed by the shear weight of it!  After washing, I hang it outside (as soon as the snow is gone and I can get to the clothesline!) or hang it on drying racks in a spare bedroom .....I have two large racks ..... one belonged to my Great-Grandmother (who passed away in 1958 at the age of 88) and is as sturdy as when she was using it.  I fold my fabrics a certain way so that the width is the same whether it is 1 yard or 3 yards and it fits neatly on the shelves.   While I do press my fabric before I cut it, it is easy since it has been "pre-pressed"!!!

Jo Morton Club #10

Spent yesterday (snow day!) and today quietly working in my sewing room, listening to an audio book while I sewed.  One of the quilts I've been working on is this little pink and brown called "Amy's Choice".   Finished for this evening, I set it aside and then thought "well, that looks like a darling little runner with pointy ends just as it is"..........unfinished.......needs two more corners attached!  I will finish this one as it is supposed to be, but it's an idea for another one in the future.........in "someday" land!

Eight-Point Stars

I've been hand-piecing 8-pt Stars for a reproduction quilt by Moda in conjunction with their Collection for a Cause "Hope".  It is a strippy quilt c. 1840-60 found in MA that is now owned by Moda's owner.  I know that in order to finish this quilt to be ready for display in my booth at MaineQuilts2011 in July, I will need to make some blocks by machine, but it is so relaxing in the evening to quietly piece these.  A free pattern can be downloaded at the United Notions website.