So, I wrote about this UFO before. The black fabric was sort of falling apart. It was very fragile. I got lots of good advice on what to do.
So, I got the blocks and pieces out and decided that I would make a couple more blocks and I would try to gently quilt it.
Well, I could not sew the blocks together. The black fabric was too fragile. SO, I started to throw away all the black. Right about the time I was getting ready to throw the blocks in the trash, I decided to see how fragile a whole block was.
Crazy thing….they are fine. Strong as can be.
So, what is the difference? I stored the pieces in Ziploc bags (actual Ziploc Brand). It seems that the Ziploc bag affected the black fabric. Anyone else ever heard of that? The Batik fabric I had in the Ziplocs was fine. Only seemed to affect the black fabric.
Please let me know your thoughts or if anything crazy like that has ever happened to you.
I have a lot of stuff stored in Ziploc bags. Now I am scared.
Treasure Your Family
So, once again, I borrowed this idea from my friend Lynn. She keeps all her quilt blocks in pizza boxes. What a truly awesome idea. My nicely ironed blocks stay that way, and everything stays together. It took me a while, but the other day I stopped by my local pizza shop and asked if I could buy some boxes. They gave me a bunch of ones that were misprinted or printed crooked (didn’t bother me). They work just as well as the perfect ones and I did not have to pay for them. I am still in the process of getting all my projects ironed and put in my pizza boxes, but I am almost there. Just wanted to pass along a pretty good idea!
Treasure your Family
As I go through the many many boxes of miscellaneous quilt boxes (like it’s Christmas for me). I am coming across projects that I started and never finished for whatever reason.
I could guess that this never got finished because, well, I got pregnant and my daughter was born. I am sure that is why I know that I started this quilt in 2003. I am not sure I remember why. The colored part is actually one piece of fabric with all the multi colored batiks. I sometimes can’t remember what I ate for lunch, but I remember that I bought this not in the quilting fabric area. It was actually in the clothing fabric area. Weird the things you remember. I most likely remember because I thought it was interesting and since it was not in the quilting fabric, it was way less expensive. I love a bargain. It is high quality fabric too.
Now to the odd issues. So, the black in this quilt is defiantly 100% cotton, but the fabric seams weak. I had a couple of seems that were previously torn out (like 13 years ago).. When i resewed these seams the fabric just fell apart. It happened on a couple of pieces. So, then I took a square to see how easy it would come apart if pulled at both sides. It was way to easy. With my rheumatoid arthritis, I would expect me not to be able to pull apart (not tear) a Piece of fabric by holding one edge in each hand and pulling. So, I have a concern that this quilt is just going to fall apart. Nearly all of the squares are done, so I feel compelled to complete it.
Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? it does not appear that any bugs or anything got to the fabric, so I am at a loss. I would appreciate any insight, because it sort of pretty and would be a shame to have to lose it. Thanks.
Treasure your Family
If you are anything like me, you have purchased tons of quilting magazines and books. For me, I will pick up a magazine just to look at how others coordinate colors and just to get ideas. As a norm they cost form $5.99 to $9.99, which can get quite expensive. I have a graveyard of quilt magazines. Recently, I found Block Magazine. It is quarterly and costs $5.99 each issue. The thing is, it is as beautiful, or more so, that many quilt books I have purchased for 20-40$. Block Magazine is published by The Missouri Start Quilt Company. It has no ads. Imagine that. There are at least 10 projects with very complete instructions. Many use Fabric packs, but we all know that is just a suggestion you can really do anything you want. Honestly, I have not seen a more beautiful magazine for such a small price. No, they did not ask me to write this. I wanted to, just in case fellow quilters/sewers did not know about this magazine. This one is money well spent. I am working on collecting past issues also. As my daughter say “Just sayin”.