Sunday, January 06, 2013

Nancy had a bath

I've heard some people express concern that the colors in the Get a Clue With Nancy Drew fabrics might run. I don't wash many of my fabrics before using them, and I definitely don't was precuts.  I almost never have a problem, but that doesn't keep me from holding my breath until a quilt comes out of the wash.

The Nancy Drew baby quilt is going to a friend of mine. I thought about sending it without a trip through the washer first, since all of the fabric was brand new and nothing had had a chance to get dirty. Then I decided, maybe a little bit selfishly, to give her a bath and see what happened. Because I've still got the big quilt to worry about....

There wasn't even the slightest tinge of color on my Shout Color Catchers. I don't think I've ever had one come out of the dryer like that!  Some of the ink I used to camouflage the stitches on the applique faded, and the edges are a tiny bit frayed. I expected the fraying.

I love the way this quilt softened and crinkled up! I can't wait to wash my own big quilt so it's just as snuggly. And I can definitely tell those who were worried that my Nancy Drew fabric didn't bleed the slightest bit.

Do you wash quilts before giving them? I always wash the baby quilts that I donate, but with the others it's more hit or miss.

Weekly Stash Report

Last year, I only managed to use 75 yards of fabric. This year, the goal is to at least double that.

Fabric Used this Week: 3.5 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 3.5 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Used for 2012: 3.5 yards

Yarn Used this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 0 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2013: 0 yards

To see more weekly stash reports, click over to Patchwork Times.

And don't forget that In your WORDS starts on Monday! My post and tutorial will be up Wednesday. Want a hint? Take a look at my vintage typewriters post from last week.

I'm starting to notice more spam comments. For the longest time, Blogger's spam filters caught every last one.  I guess the spammers have found the cracks in the system because suddenly several a day are making it through to my blog. I delete them as I see them, but  the problem seems to be getting steadily worse.

Turning word verification back on will be my absolute last resort. We can all ignore an occasional pitch for brand name painkillers, right? In an effort to cut down on them, I've shut down comments on a handful of old posts and enabled moderation on posts that are more than two weeks old. I've also adjusted my settings so that anonymous comments are no longer allowed. My whole goal is to make it as easy as possible for my readers to get messages to me without letting the spammers make a mess of things. And I'm open to suggestions if someone knows of a better way to do it.


Carol Swift said...

Great news about the no-bleed Nancy Drew fabric. I wash my baby quilts, but I'm hit-and-miss, too, on the other ones. I got rid of spam when I quit allowing anonymous comments. Hopefully, it will stay gone. :O)

Cheryl said...

I usually don't pre wash unless like you, I am worried about bleeding. I like the softness of a laundered quilt, but worry someone would think they're getting a "used" quilt.

DeeDee said...

You are off to a great start for the year. I never wash my fabric and I always wash my quilts before gifting.

Allie said...

I LOVE that Nancy Drew quilt so much! Very glad the colors didn't run, you just never know. Even fabric I've pre-washed has run on me. I ALWAYS pre-wash quilts before giving them away, and fabric before using it, unless it's a pre-cut.

I also don't allow anonymous comments, and that has worked perfectly for me. I don't get a single spam any more.

Denise :) said...

She looks beautiful! I love it when they're washed for that first time and they're wonderfully crinkly! I'm amazed the color catcher caught nothing! That's pretty impressive! I rarely pre-wash my fabric and only sometimes wash it after it's finished and before giving it away -- it just depends. I do with baby quilts because I know the first thing the mama will typically do is wash it before using it and I want to make sure. LOL! :)


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