Monday Design Wall……Finish!!!………….

Yes, it’s finished (are you as glad as I am????)! All washed, dried and folded ready to head South with us. As you may (or may not) be aware, I reside in the “camp” of not pre-washing my fabric in advance of piecing. So, when finished, I launder (I use a bit of “Woolite”) it……using the appropriate(?) number of “Shout Color Catchers” in with the wash and dry cycles. I machine to not-quite-dry on low temp, bring it out and lay flat to finish drying/cooling. The blue batik shed the most color this go-round……….


Not too bad in my estimation and absolutely no dye run……yay!!! Just crinkly goodness……the desired result. Here’s a full shot of the pieced backing…………….


Again, Sharon Schamber’s method of layering/sandwiching the quilt allows for everything to be perfectly straight and on-grain.

The binding (which I had not thought through!!!!)was an additional Connecting Threads batik purchase and the same as  the multi-colored fabric squares already in the quilt………


A photo, or two, more of the completion and we’ll give this one a rest (about time!!!)………………

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Threads: (top) Glide poly;(bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton (80/20)…one layer.

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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24 Responses to Monday Design Wall……Finish!!!………….

  1. KrisR says:

    Lovely! I’m bookmarking Sharon’s site to try it with my next pinning. All I need is a piece of wood! Safe travels.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I have 2 sizes of wood pcs. 8′ and 4′. I know that the shorter/4′ (wall hanging sized) are probably not really needed but I’m doing more pieced backing on all sizes of quilts and using this method of sandwiching assures a totally straight layering. It takes a couple of times doing it to get your routine down and then it’s really quick!!!!!! Glad you found this useful!!!!! Hugs from a very green, rainy SE MN!!!!!!

      • KrisR says:

        More questions – I’ve watched the videos again and I’m ready to try this method!

        So, the 8′ is manageable? Do you have an 8′ table that you use it with? And, you just let the excess drape to the back of the table while you are rolling it, right? Also, do you thread baste or pin baste your quilts?

        • treadlemusic says:

          Yes, I do have an 8′ table (exactly!) and yes, (when rolling) the fabric hangs off the table on the side away from you. I pin baste. When beginning the pinning, I start at the board and work towards myself; after that (I unroll some), I add pins working toward the board!!! If that’s not exactly clear, let me know and I’ll try to clarify.

  2. Vicki in MN says:

    Great completion with great results!

  3. witchylin says:

    Another one completed and not a sign of a colour run.What would quilters do without those colour catchers? They really are just the ticket. We even have them in the UK. LOL. It looks great. Now you can get going on another one.

  4. KerryCan says:

    That looks FAB! I’m very impressed that the dye catchers handled the dark blue batik so effectively. And I like the piecing pattern a lot!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I’m thinkin’ it would be fun to do another one…..more pastel/low volume towards Spring, maybe! Missouri Star comes up with some really great ideas (not always for the novice, though, as there are a lot of bias edges that need careful handling!). Great to have you stop by!!!!!

  5. Raewyn says:

    Fabulous finish!!!

  6. Thread crazy says:

    Beautiful as usual Doreen. I do love my color catchers, they are the best invention I do believe, at least for quilters. I’m not one to pre-wash as it takes the sizing out and the material is harder to work with I think, and usually I have to use a spray starch to add some body. So I always wash the quilt once finished, in cold-warm water and wash with ivory. I did watch the 2 videos by Sharon Shamber’s…hmm, I need to think on her method for a bit before I decide.

  7. Jeanne says:

    Fantastic! I love those color catchers – I also do not normally prewash. The binding looks planned!

  8. Barbara says:

    It’s just wonderful! I swear by those color catchers, too.

  9. Pat says:

    Well now I didn’t realize it was the Hunter’s Star until I saw the whole thing, yes lady you have me doing one as will. Hope mine looks as good as yours when done.

  10. knitnkwilt says:

    Love those colors and the quilting looks good. I too often forget to plan the binding ahead. Life would be so much simpler if I”d plan ahead, cut and press it and keep it with the top. Then I wouldn’t use the appropriate fabric in something else. Maybe I’ll reform someday.

    • treadlemusic says:

      LOL!!! I did realize the oversight and had the purchase in plenty of time to cut, press and have it ready for the finish and, usually, that is the case. Still not sure how this sneaked by me….LOL!!!!

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