Thursday, June 3, 2010

First Paintbox Squares

These are the first two squares for my paintbox quilt. I know, I know--too many irons in the fire sort of thing, but needed a rest from the pickledish blocks with the curves that, well...curve!! Also, wanted to try to figure out if the plain pieces that are from a Robert Kauffman jelly roll would shrink a lot if washed in the squares or ultimately in a whole quilt. All the other materials used in this quilt will have been washed. There are several options--wash all of the strips in a pan of warm water--maybe swirl them around to replicate the washer? put them all in a pillow case and actually wash them? not wash them and take my chances? I don't deal well with all these conundrums! I haven't totally decided yet...any suggestions? Diannalynn thought they could be made into a little pillow cover and washed. I thought about adding some strings left over from other projects and then washing. Just can't figure out what to do, but one thing for sure...I LOVE them and am so excited to do a whole quilt. Any and all comments are welcome! Am sure there's someone else out there--maybe lots of someone elses who have had this dilemma before.

By the way, if you haven't been to see the bloggers quilt festival yet, you need to go. Such a marvelous array of talent--all levels and from all over the world. It's really a fun and totally inspirational place to visit. The link for it is on my May something or other post, but surely if you googled bloggers quilt festival 2010 you'd find it.

Have a great day. And look at my little giveaway post below for a chance to win a charm pack.


Vicki said...

Don't prewash your precuts! You'll be fine, even if you other fabrics are prewashed. If you're really worried about it, you could make up a little test doll quilt and wash it just to see how the fabrics all react to being washed.

Off to enter your giveaway!

Eileen said...

that'd be a good idea vicki on the doll quilt. i think i'll just go with it now. i'm so excited to do every set of 40+ colors!! probably will use a bunch of them in a quilt but want to try some of the modern looking quilts where blocks and/or circles float in a solid background

Ivory Spring said...

Hello Eileen,

Those blocks are adorable. Don't ever worry about having too many irons in the fire -- they make life more interesting! :)

Thanks for visiting me. I hope you have a wonderful evening.

Happy Stitching!

Wendy said...

Eileen .... what wonderful projects! I'd be tempted to make one potholder / hotpad out of your two blocks if they were not essential to making your quilt.... Lovely work! Thank you for visiting me and taking the time to comment!

Eileen said...

wendy--that's a great idea for the pot holders--hadn't thought of that--i think i'll do that with some of the extras--i'm going to make the blocks all up--about 80 plus of them, but will just go with them as they are for the quilt--figure there are going to be little pieces of the unwashed all over so i think it will be fine

Katherine said...

It will probably be fine. I did wash a bunch of strips for my daughter to play with, because I am sensitive to the sizing, and they did get quite stringy and tangled, but we got it all sorted out with a pair of scissors, and ended up with a nice string ball too. :-)