Do you ever feel like you're so behind it's going to take you a week or more to catch up before you can even begin? yup. That's how I seem to have begun my 2014 year of sewing. Starting something new or finishing something old has taken a back seat to basic repairs. crazy.
"Mom! Your door hanger lost a jingle bell!"
I took one off the wall, remembering that when it came home from the county fair in September, it had lost some beads.
Vicki Welsh posted an extremely informative post on dealing with bleeding on her blog, and I tried her suggestion. ohmygoodness!! That dingy pinky quilt suddenly sparkles!! I'd used Biz, Oxyclean, Synthrapol and Retayne. What was the magic ingredient that brought it back to life? Kirkland Free & Clear, the product that I use on all my clothes! Read all about her experimentation here. And here.
I think I may have actually used All Free & Clear, rather than Kirkland brand, but look how the trees sparkle! They haven't looked like this for more than a decade! Those pieced backgrounds used to be as dark as the setting blocks!
Here's what I've put together so far:
So there you go. I'm trying to catch up on the little things, so that I can concentrate on the big things. Hope you all have time to quilt. It's a good way to put a smile on one's face, don't you think?
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