Monday, April 13, 2009

Basting Saturday (Take 2)


The other quilt that I worked on Saturday was a "White on White" quilt that I have had for a number of years but simply haven't gotten around to doing.

The top was given to me by Elsie, who was a member of our guild. She had started hand quilting it, but hadn't gotten very far along. I took out her hand quilting, thinking that I would use the piece to practice my machine work. ....... This was maybe 5 or 6 years ago

Then I decided that I wanted to add some trapunto to the piece, so spent quite a bit of time getting the extra batting sewed on and ready to quilt.

The piece had a pillow-top that I was not interested in, so I cut it off, practiced my quilting and then tried washing out the blue lines. Well, they did not immediately come out!!!! I contacted the company that made the piece and they told me that it was only guaranteed to come out for about 2 years. She did suggest that I try washing it in Shout and Oxi-Clean, and that seemed to help remove the lines.

The bottom line here is that I have NO idea whether the lines will wash out once I finish the quilting, but have decided that it is a good practice piece regardless.

I had planned to pin-baste this quilt, but decided that I would just use a Basting Spray and get it over with. Who knows if that will further hinder the line's disappearing act.

I had thought I would use a variegated King Tut thread, but didn't like the way it looked in the final analysis, so have decided to just use a beige thread and let the texture do the talking....hopefully with no interruptions from the nasty blue lines!!!!

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