Saturday, October 28, 2017

Solid Foundation

Mail was delivered this week, but I've been afraid to open up one of these books. The Red and White book is fabulous and will be a great inspiration for another two color quilt.  I just boxed up a 90 x 90 quilt and shipped it off for a photo session, so I'm in resting mode with solids.  As for Maria Shell's new book, Improv Patchwork, well, I still haven't opened it yet. 

Before I can let my mind go down this crazy train of a new start, I felt it was time to make this happen.  THIS is prewashing my stash of solids. Yes, it's been laundry day in my studio for the last few WEEKS!  Drying rack has been a fixture in the hallway outside my laundry room.
Piles of pressing have been reduced and replenished beside my ironing board.  This has been ongoing for literally weeks.  But it's years of buying solids that has caused this explosion.
I'm a prewasher, a die hard prewasher for all quilting fabrics.  They go to the laundry room before they get into my sewing room......with the exception of my solids.  For some reason, I just didn't prewash my solids.  I ran out of drying rack/shower bar/ironing board space so I resorted to the lid of the washing machine and all around it!  Quilters will understand this.
Pressing has been an intermittent process.  I would press a binding, then grab a few pieces and press. Iron was plugged in as soon as I entered the studio, and I would press a few pieces while my coffee dripped. Before leaving at the end of the day, a few more pieces would get lightly pressed.
And now most of them are folded up and back in my storage bins.  Loosely organized, but that's for another day.
There *might* be another stack or two left to migrate from the cutting table to the storage bins.
I might need an intervention, or maybe I need to read Maria's new book, put a new blade in my rotary cutter, and get busy.  OK, I have been busy, it's all been on the down low, but let's just say, 2018 is going to be exciting!

It's Saturday, it's sunny and glorious in the Pacific Northwest.  A perfect day to be outside, checking out all the amazing colors Mother Nature has provided us with.  And of course, I have a few more solids to press and fold.

Keep stitching,


Janet O. said...

Wow--looks like an enormous undertaking!
I don't have many solids, but I have been using more of them recently.
Since so much of my stash is comprised of gifted scraps, prewashing isn't much of an option, but I used to prewash all the time when I could afford to buy fabric in my early quilting years.

Mimi said...

Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2018.

Browndirtcottage said...

LOL…looks just what happens here. I too am a die hard pre washer. I got started doing it when I started my hand appliqué phase. And now that you mention it, I haven't done my solids either. I guess I just haven't used them that much lately. I like see in all those solids tucked away nice and neat!

Diane said...

I just opened Maria's book this morning. Eye candy and LOTS of food for thought. Pretty sure it's my new favorite book. Sigh.