Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hard Knocks of the Quilting Kind

I set out the other day to make a little mini quilt for my sweet next door neighbor's baby. I received all this cute printed fabric from a sweet friend & wanted to put it to good use. No more letting favorite fabrics sit in boxes anymore. 

Plus I'd promised her a little something & knew I could whip up something in a day. Sometimes it's just fun to make a little something that you don't NEED to make. You know just for the heck of it. I have a list of unfinished & to do that is a mile long. Seriously. I got it all quilted in just a little over two hours & I bound it while I watched a couple episodes of Bones. I threw it in the wash & then headed to bed. When I woke up in the morning I put everything right in the dryer. I planned on taking pictures a little after breakfast so I could post & then take the cute little quilt over to my friends house.

Picture me with a huge smile on my face only to turn into a super sad look of horror as I realize the bleeding of the back fabric all spotted over the front. I didn't panic. I put it in the wash & thought for sure it would all come out in the second wash. No such luck. It was totally ruined. All that hard work & it looked like a mess. 

 I figured I'd use it as one of those painful learning experiences & know what not to do next time I use red fabric with light colored fabric. First off it was a cheaper red fabric. There's something to be said for spending a little more for the Kona cottons. Next time I'll be using a color catcher whenever I wash a new quilt. Every time.

My only saving grace with this whole experience is that it was a relatively small quilt 27"x27" & I had only spent a day on the whole project. I would have been devastated if it had happened on something I'd spent weeks on. I also had a chance to practice my quilting stitch pattern for the next project I worked on. 

There was a good ending to this whole thing. Even after I offered to make another one for my neighbor she told me she wanted to keep it. Have I mentioned how much I adore her? I foresee a new & improved quilt in her very near future. One that doesn't have pink splotches all over it ;)


amy smart said...

Oh no!! I've had that happen! Try washing it again with vinegar and a Shout Color Catcher. Or I've heard Remove It by Rit Dye could help as well.

Darn - it's still so cute. And what a sweet neighbor you must have. She probably feels the same way about you.

Alli said...

Maybe I'm just blind or dumb, but the "ruined" quilt doesn't look bad at all...in fact, I like it. Maybe the pics don't do it justice, but I can hardly see a discoloration. So for future quilting accidents, you are totally welcome to give me your screw ups because I still think they're brilliant :)

Bizz said...

You amaze me! One day? Sorry for the running of the dye but it looks great! I would totally still want it too if I was your neighbor... wish I was your neighbor, then I could learn from you.

Lyn said...

I used to work at a place with a uniform with red dye that ran, even after many washes. I used to soak it in cold water with salt. Don't give up yet, it's way too cute!!

Rachel said...

Hmmm, it looks great to me :-)I love it...Nice to have a good neighbor...LOL