Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My christmas quilt - a bee quilt with lessons

Last year I joined the Bee Hive quilting bee run by Blossom Heart Quilts and got put in a wonderful hive of women. We got along so great last year we decided to keep going this year!  More about that later though. My month to bee queen was August and I decided to make a Christmas quilt since I still don't have one. I chose the Ripples Block in red, green and black.  And I'm so thrilled with how this came out! Though it wasn't without drama.



I decided since this was a quilt I would bring out once a year that I wanted to so some special quilting on it. I have also been taking  Amy Johnson's Craftsy class "Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine" and wanted to try out my new skills. By the way, the class is wonderful! I loved it so much I'm taking her 2nd class. And here are the results!


I even used a sparkly thread for those stars. It was very finicky to work with, but the sparkle it adds was totally worth it. It was very hard to photograph and capture it, but I tried...

The drama came in when I washed it. When the quilt came out, it had bled ALL over. This was despite having about 6 Color Catchers in the wash with it.


 This is one small area, but the entire thing looked like this. I literally stood in my laundry room and cried! All the work my bee mates and put into it and all the work I had done quilting and it was a MESS! Then I hit up the internet.  People recommended a product called Synthropol which is apparently sold in quilt shops. However, it was Sunday evening so that wasn't going to happen.  A friend from my guild told me that Blue Dawn has the same chemical make up as Synthropol and what it does is keep the dies in the water from adhering to your fabric.  So I got out a big plastic bin and filled it with water, Dawn, my quilt and a bunch of color catchers. I let it soak overnight and in the morning, dumped out the pink water and pulled out the color catchers which were dark pink.   I soaked it again all day and this time the water ran clear.  I let the quilt line dry and to my immense relief it looks SO much better!

There are a couple of small spots, but for the most part, you'd have to be looking for them to see them.  And the lesson I've learned going forward... add 1 cup of white vinegar to your wash load with a fresh quilt. It will also keep the dyes from sticking to your quilt!

So back to the photos. Here are some more close ups of my quilting...


 The back still needs its label (i have it ready!)


And the binding is a fun polka dot.


Many thanks to the ladies in my bee hive. They did tremendous work! I almost hate to put it away until Christmas!!
Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Christmas Ripple
Pattern: Ripple Block
Fabrics: scrappy
Finished size: 48" x 60"
Finished: April 2016







9 comments:

Annette said...

It's so fabulous! I'm glad it all came out in the wash so to speak. I'm going to remember that vinegar tip! What an honor it is to be in the hive with you!

Annette said...

It's so fabulous! I'm glad it all came out in the wash so to speak. I'm going to remember that vinegar tip! What an honor it is to be in the hive with you!

Afton Warrick said...

Oh no! I'm glad it mostly came out. Thanks for the tips on how to prevent and/or fix the problem. I'd love if you shared at my Lessons Learned Linky: http://quiltingmod.blogspot.com/2016/05/lessons-learned-linky-5.html

Denise in PA said...

You did such a fabulous job with this quilt - the quilting is amazing. SOOOO glad it was salvaged!! o:)

Cynthia said...

Your quilt looks great! Nothing like a little quilt drama. Glad you were able to fix it! :)

Stacy said...

Looks so great!!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Holy Cow! That's fabulous info! I'm so glad you fixed your quilt. It's really very beautiful.

Louise SS said...

Did you soak in cold, warm or hot water? I just washed a quilt and the colors ran in spite of color catchers. Got a tip to look you up😊 When I asked for help om Instagram. I am @fasterlis

Louise SS said...

Did you soak in cold, warm or hot water? I just washed a quilt and the colors ran in spite of color catchers. Got a tip to look you up😊 When I asked for help om Instagram. I am @fasterlis

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