Red & White Quilt……a Finish…………

As I have shared in previous posts (here and here), I prepped a quilt to demo fmq at our annual quilt event held last Friday/Saturday. Doing the stitching on my DSM (domestic sewing machine) attracted more interest than I imagined it would! I was totally thrilled to share the fact that such quilting/stitching absolutely can be done on a small machine. Anyhow, the quilt was finished up and washed and here are some photos to journal the final part of the process……………………………….004

005  These show the quilt before washing. My goal, once again, was to demonstrate how to stitch a motif in a larger scale that would appear to have been done on a “long-arm” machine. Ms. Juki performed beautifully!!!!

Given the fact that I do NOT pre-wash my fabrics ‘cuz I want max shrinkage for that super crinkly/heirloom quilt effect, I was curious as to how much dye would be lost and how much “bleed over” would be encountered. I threw in 3 “Shout Color Catchers” and a white dish towel (for the ‘control’ piece!!!! LOL!) and used “Woolite Everyday” laundry soap (non-detergent/very gentle) as I always do when washing a quilt. Here’s a photo of the Color Catchers/towel…..009   A fair amount of color loss but not as much as I had anticipated!!!! I will wash the quilt a couple more times with the Color Catchers as just one washing does not complete the possibility of future dye runs. Here is the finished/washed/crinkly result. The backing is a bright pink/red batik… it!!!!!!!010

007   If you compare the first photos with these last ones, the difference is quite apparent. The shrinkage, both directions, was just under 4” (which has been my experience) and within the 3” to 5” reduction that is to be expected when there’s no pre-wash. The white is a bleached muslin and the batik backing were purchased at Hancock Fabrics and are very nice. The red mottled was purchased at a little local shop in Mabel, MN, called Krazy Kwiltz. I buy a lot of my fabric/backings at this location…….small but great selection!!!! The thread used is Aurifil Mako 50 (cotton) on the top and Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly in the bobbin. I still have Version 3 of this “Disappearing Pinwheel” to do but that will have to wait a bit!!!! Have an awesome week and thanks, again, for taking a bit of your time to ‘pop’ in for a visit!!!!!! Blessings…………………………


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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23 Responses to Red & White Quilt……a Finish…………

  1. ivoryspring says:

    Beautiful quilting, Doreen!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you!!! Another red/white just posted. I do have to say, the quilting really goes a bit quicker with the Sweet 16 than that red/white done on the Juki……….or….maybe, it was cuz I was doing a TON of visiting with all the wonderful people who stopped to watch me do this “curious” stitching!!!! LOL!!!!!

  2. Thread crazy says:

    Love the design and the pattern. It turned out beautifully. I so love color catchers as I don’t prewash fabric either. So far so good for me also. I need to look back and see about pattern – did it come from MSQ? Great quilting and well done.

  3. Fiona says:

    It’s an awesome quilt… I love it… well done…

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thanks! I so love 2 color quilts! One more red/white ready to go then I’m thinkin’ blue/white (or off-white?). The ideas never cease, do they???? LOL!!!! So glad you stopped by….hugs…………………

  4. KerryCan says:

    I love that quilt pattern and the red/white combo–it all turned out just perfect!

  5. Michele says:

    It really turned out fabulous!

  6. Amy says:

    I was reminded to come a-visitin’ by Aurifil, who posted your quilt to their facebook page today! Lovely work. Love the red and white effect, but can’t imagine not prewashing the red—daring girl you!

  7. dianne mitzel says:

    which Juki do you recommend? Love this quilt and your quilting is wonderful! I keep thinking, if I have a Juki, maybe I can FMQ….magically…I know it takes a LOT of practice to do the kind of quilting you have done, maybe more time than I have. ha.

  8. JoAnn Lee says:

    I looks great. I love the stitching and the overall look. Aren’t color catchers the best.

  9. Jeanne says:

    Love, love, love this quilt! The crinkling is wonderful – it looks old and soft, ready to snuggle in. Great finish!

  10. mtetar says:

    It’s so hard to put a price but no price is bigger than your heart. It’s gorgeous. Blessings Always, Mtetar

  11. Gloria says:

    Love the krinkled finish, all ready to snuggle in! Such a nice bright quilt, sure to make a cheerful room.

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