Well after a whole lot of drama ... I am happy to report that this quilt will get mailed this week.
For those of you who are new to this quilt saga. It started as a contribution for a silent auction to raise money to add the names of fallen soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division who are currently serving their 3rd tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
The inspriation for this quilt came from one of my favorite quilters, Jen at Little Scraps of Happiness, who also made hers for a silent auction to raise money for a Navy charity ... you could say that I pretty much copied her quilt ... [ but she's ok with this total copy cat because she knows it's for a good cause ].
Along the way ... this quilt became fodder for my first blog giveaway ... in exchange for hearing a variety of opinions on what clicks with YOU ... I gave away a few FQs from the LQS. Kati at from the blue chair was the winner there (Kati ... I PROMISE ... in the mail tomorrow ;-).
here and here) ... and my heartfelt thanks to so many friends who reached out (on the blog and in email) with thoughts, concerns and solutions! All I can say is thank goodness for Kaufman's Kona White ... because every other white in this quilt thought seriously about becoming a pink ... and several did ... So as I waited to see who had won the Oscar for Best Actor, Actress and Picture ... I also waited to pull this puppy out of the wash and ultimately determine the damage.
And Glenn from yarn + needle had some great insights for me last night ... "If you don't want to pre-wash try doing a "crocking" test. Take a a 5" or bigger square and put it in a warm glass of work with the soap you intend on using. You'll be able to see if the fabric will bleed in the finally wash."
And Laurel from Lively Stitches also some thoughts on color bleeding.
- Each star block comprised of 9 4.5" blocks.
- White sashing = Kaufman Kona White
- Most of the reds and blues a custom scrap bag from Pink Chalk Fabrics
- Finished size 60" x 72"
- Quilting = tight meandering
- Back pieced out of a variety of fabrics
This was also Michelle's first attempt at wonky stars and I am SO impressed! And I love the star quilting!
I am happy to get these off to my sister-in-law and hope that they help, in an earnest way, to support this cause.
All the best