Monday, May 11, 2009


See? Audrey's quilt is actually coming together! It's all over but the tying and binding. I'm leaving it on the kitchen table as incentive to work on it every little bit in between laundry loads, kid conflict resolution, and peanut butter and jelly sandwich making.

Like I said earlier, I plan on tying it with red thread. The problem: I don't want to be kicking myself the first time I wash it and the ties bleed all over the fabrics. I have treated the thread twice with Retayne, as recommended by my local quilt shop, but it stills bleeds a bit when it's wet. Any suggestions?

Anyway, I'm looking forward to finishing the quilt and moving on to smaller projects, like crib bedding, in my sewing room. Aside from the obvious inconvenience of commandeering the kitchen table for sewing, there's also this:

I blame Gertie for my not having finished this quilt yet. I forgot how crazy kittens can be! Here she is completely depleted of energy from climbing the quilt as I'm ironing it, attacking every loose string, and attempting to eat pins. Which she totally would have done if I hadn't intervened. Speaking of kicking myself...


dachsynut said...

When I use red floss, I soak it in vinegar water, then rinse thoroughly. If it still bleeds after two times through the vinegar wash, I go to a different red floss.

Do plan to babysit tonight.

Unknown said...

oh my! the blanket is lovely! totally understand the interruptions.....:)

Larissa Holland said...

oooh, this is sooooo pretty! you must be stoked to have it nearly done. no good advice re: the red floss.

Sure, blame the cat. :-)

Robyn said...

Thanks, ladies. It is nice to see the end coming closer. Poor Audrey has been waiting a long time.

D- I've already tied part of it with the twice-soaked thread, but I think I'll soak the remaining thread in vinegar, like you suggested, and just take my chances with the other. There's no going back at this point... Thanks!

secret cake said...

Oh my gosh... what a lovely quilt. I think red floss would be perfect!

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