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Monday, December 8, 2008

Sailing Away ... and blowing slightly off course by an unexpected storm

sailboat quilt

Last night I was able to get back to the sewing machine for a little while (R. doesn't let me spend too much time away from him ... not that I mind!) and finish this quilt.

After I hand-stitched the binding I realized that I'd sewn the squares too close to the edges and they were likely to fray and completely fall apart. I went back and stitched again inside of the original stitching on all the sailboats. Lots and lots of twisting and turning of the quilt in the machine but I think it was absolutely necessary.

sailboat quilt detail, back, and binding sailboat quilt squares sailboat quilt squares
(click on images to enlarge)

And then I washed it to get that frayed edges look I was going for. That was when the little storm came upon me and my sailboats ... and one, just one, bled.

I may try to wash the quilt again with that bleed color remover stuff, I haven't decided.

sailboat quilt square - bled

Thank you for all your kind words, thoughts, and prayers about my family situation. It means the world to me.

8 comments:

  1. I love the bright colors. Very cute.

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  2. That quilt is almost as sweet as those little toes below. Ugh the little peely feet so remind me of those first days of my little one.

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  3. Aww very cute. It is so depressing when a finished item bleeds...what can you do?

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  4. after reading this i'm a little worried about my little christmas quilts. i'm wondering if i'm sewing too close to the edge. have you had problems with fraying and things like this coming apart?

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  5. Maybe it's the photo, but I can hardly tell it has bled! The whole thing is just so adorable that it eclipses any booboos anyway, though...

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  6. I googled a sailboat quilt and came across yours. I love it. I am trying to attempt your quilt. I know it was several years ago, but do you happen to remember the size of your quilt blocks? (I'm a beginner quilter and I need all the help I can get.) Thank you!!

    elizabethdecker@yahoo.com

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