Friday, August 24, 2012

bits and pieces

Happy Friday, everyone!  I've got some nice bits and pieces to share with you today.

no. 1

Don't forget to add your finished Nursery Versery projects to the Contest post by Sunday night for a chance to win a 1/2 yard set of the whole collection!  Ok, that's my official last reminder =)

no. 2

Question:  How do you wash a very special quilt?  Answer:  with Soak.

I'm not the kind that sends things to a dry cleaner, but I wasn't even considering putting my Modern Medallion through the washing machine, with all that handwork (especially the satin stitch!).  Still, it needed to be washed after the hours and hours of intense handling it had endured.

A Handstitched Class student turned me onto Soak.  If you knit, you've probably heard of them!  They make a soap for hand-washing that requires no rinsing (ie. no squeezing, ringing or extra handling of your special handstitched quilts!).

Soak

Of course, I wanted to try it!  Soak was kind enough to send me a small sample of Scentless.  I emptied the whole 3 oz bottle in a half-full tub (following the ratio directions here) and then bravely submerged my quilt.  The water turned dirty, so I say it worked (for details on how this can be, see here).  It was sudsier than I expected, but I didn't rinse.  I held firm!  You don't want to see pictures of my bath tub, so the best I can give you is my quilt still languishing on my umbrella laundry line.  I hung it up yesterday, on the sunniest day of our week, but the rain got it while I was driving home from an outing.  Darn.

drip, drip

So I guess it did get rinsed, but that wasn't my fault!  Hoping for more sunshine today.

no. 3 

I don't like making coasters.

"Cool" coasters

Nope, I don't.

from scrap

Even when I improv-piece them, which is the most relaxing sewing experience I can imagine.

"Warm" coasters

Oh well, back to the journal covers.

no. 4

Did you  know that Whipstitch is liquidating their fabrics?  Seriously!  They've so enjoyed offering classes and community sewing events that they're shifting their focus entirely in that direction.

All, yes ALL, of their fabrics are 30% off marked prices with code "LIQUID".  That works even on the sale fabrics, so you can get some real deals.  Have fun bargain hunting at Whipstitch!









no.5

Nothing much... I just wanted to show you what's on my table today.  Something about the in betweens can be so perfectly delightful.

on my table

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

24 comments:

  1. I love those coasters!

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  2. rachel, you are brave to leave your quilt outside - i hope the sun doesn't bleach it. i used to leave our cloth diapers out because the sun bleaches the stains out of them, turning them sparkling white again. the kids have accidentally left a shirt or two outside and they always end up a few shades lighter before i find them. i would not want the sun bleaching that quilt!

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    1. I hang laundry outside all summer long =). Yes, if left out for weeks it will certainly get bleached, but 2 days should be just fine. I've actually dried many quilts this way since it's easier on them than being tumbled dry, in my opinion.

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    2. wow, that's great! maybe the sun's stronger here since we're in south texas. i only have to leave my diapers out for a couple of hours to bleach them. even my tan 'unbleached' diapers turned white in the sun here. glad that works for you! i was biting my nails for you here. :) didn't want those gorgeous colors to fade even one little bit! :)
      happy weekend.
      ps the quilt is utterly amazing!

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    3. Rachel, I sounded a bit harsh in the last comment. I do appreciate your concern! The good news is that it's already dry and down and everything looks great. It looks like it did get nice and clean in the Soak. I'm happy!

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  3. Lovely post, what a gorgeous stack of covers! and well done for being so brave with your beautiful quilt! I think you're right, even tumble-drying on a low setting must stress the fabric a bit.

    Have a lovely weekend x

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  4. Haha, silly me, they're not covers, they're fat quarters, duh!

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  5. I've got to try that soak, especially now that I know it comes in unscented. Though I've got to admit I'm excited about it more for washing bras than quilts! And I'm super jealous of your clothes line. I've been looking for one of those umbrella style ones since our tree to tree one broke back in June. I don't think hanging quilts on a way too long, old line was the best idea! I've been having luck drying quilts on the gravel of an unused part of the driveway, but I don't like the idea of lying my clothes out there! Hopefully when Target opens here next summer I'll find one there. No Canadian stores seem to carry them.

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  6. Thanks for the Whipstitch tip, and even though you might hate doing them... your coasters are lovely, with really great straight edges and rounded corners - very very professional look!

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    1. Thanks, June! I think that may be the trouble with coasters - you have to very careful because it's easy to go wonky.

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  7. I LOVE SOAK! It is amazing, isn't it?! I use it on all the knits I've made, and garments that have seen multiple washes are still lookin' good.

    Sorry you didn't like the coasters. I guess that means place mats and mouse pads are out? how about a wine tote or a vase sleeve?

    Happy Friday to you!

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  8. The soak looks like an interesting product....over time I may have to invest in some.

    The coasters are gorgeous! Why don't you like making them? =D

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  9. I hope my nursery versery fabric gets here tomorrow - of all packages to be late! Your medallion quilt is beautiful!

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  10. Well you did get me to do a Nursery Versery project after all! Thanks for the info on Soak, I think I have another week before I'm done with my quilt border and I was wondering if I should risk washing it...I'm pretty sure there's already a cat's worth of hair on it, but maybe a gentle spin in the dryer after that would help get it off.

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  11. Thanks rachel, will have to look for it here in Aus. I am ready to bind my quilt but am a bit scared to wash it! Hey we must have been on the same wavelength yeaterday! I spent a few hours cutting and piecing tiny squares, it was a bit fun really! Love playing with them!

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  12. I love the rounded corners on the coasters. do you have a trick to get them so perfect??

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    1. Well, I just don't try to poke out the corners and I sew a little curve at each corner. I actually feel that rounded corners are easier to sew that pokey ones!

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  13. I love your coasters! I'm with the other commenter, my Nursery Versery package came on Wednesday (cutting it close). Then I took one look at it and went totally blank. Oh well, it'll make a great baby gift for an up coming shower this fall when I finally get my mind back :)

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  14. cute title for your post! I'm glad you know your niche is journals not coasters.

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  15. Soak is such a great product! I use it for my handwashing as well as my delicates. Everything comes out so clean, I can't recommend Soak enough!

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  16. Haven't heard of soak before, but I have now. Perhaps I will give that a try. Looks like it's a winner. Love the coasters.

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  17. Yes, Soak is awesome! And your Modern Medallion looks just lovely hanging from the line! The coasters are lovely, even if you didn't enjoy them!

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  18. You may not love making coasters, but you're awfully good at it -- love the way they look!

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