Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Growing with Sewing #2 - Fabric squares for my Crazy Quilt

 
My fabric squares are cut!  Didn’t know it was going to take so long, just to get to this point.  I had to find and buy the fabric, prewash and starch it all, then cut each square to size.  Finally, (30) 18” x 18” blocks.   I’m following Marguerita McManus crazy way of quilting as you go.  She writes about three steps in sewing your crazy quilt:  1) crazy cuts, 2) crazy quilting and 3) sashing & binding, to put everything together.  I’ll be cutting each block four times.  It’s going to be a lot of work, but I truly love the idea of quilting each block individually. 


After the pre-wash, my backing was very wrinkled.  So I decided to iron it because I’ll need to cut long strips from this fabric for the binding and some sashing.  I know I won’t want to fool with it later.  It took a long time, and it was especially “messy”, using only one ironing board.  I draped the fabric over two chairs – didn’t want to get it dirty after washing it all!


At the very end I used my large table to hold the bulk of the fabric, which was much easier.  Do other quilters pre-wash their fabric?  And how do you iron it when it’s all wrinkled?  Any suggestions? I’d love to hear what others do, being a newbie and all…

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10 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

The browns and blues go so well together. You're on your way!

Quilt Musings said...

I love your idea of using the table to hold the ironed fabric! Will definitely do that next time! I wish I had a tip to give back on the ironing quilt backs... alas I do not! :) Visiting you from Fabric Tuesday!

Linda said...

Love those fabrics -this quilt is going to be so beautiful!

claudia said...

I do just like you do, no matter the size of the fabric piece. I wash, then iron. I use whatever means possible to keep my fabric from getting dirty after it's been washed. Looks like that is the way to do it!
I can't wait to see how your quilt comes out!

Campbell Jane said...

Great post! I've been sewing too & have 2 new machines. One is an embroidery machine... a whole new world of possibilities! I recently made a crazy quilt bag. (I should post on my blog about that) I didn't pre-wash the scraps of fabric, however, if I was making a big quilt that is going to be used & enjoyed, I would definitely wash & iron. I would be too afraid that it would shrink & pull apart in the wash if I didn't. My BFF heavily embroiders every square on her machine & she does not wash hers first. Her quilts are so beautiful that they go to the dry cleaners. I can't wait to see your quilt!
Create a great day!
Campbelljane

Abby / Linda said...

To wash or not to wash, that is the question. I've seen much written on this subject and I think the jury is still out! Personally, I don't wash my fabrics. I want the finished product to have that puffy, crinkled, old fashioned quilted look. A little shrinkage is to be desired in my quilts. If you use modern quality fabrics, there is not that much shrinkage anyway.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Well, I have nothing to add to the washing/ironing comments but I do think that using the table to hold the ironed fabric is a smart idea! Your fabric choices are so pretty!

Splendid Little Stars said...

interesting question and comments. I would have thought pre-washing was important for something that will be washed in the future. Linda makes an interesting point about her quilts.
It will be fun to see your progress as you work on this!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I like to pre-wash my fabrics, but in my last quilt I used a jelly roll so didn't wash it, but I did wash all the larger pieces of fabric. It take me forever to cut the fabrics. Your beautiful fabrics are going to make a great quilt. Have fun!!!

iHanna said...

What a fun & huge project! I look forward to see the next step!

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