Derwent Inktense Pencils on Fabric Tutorial by Jane Knapp Click hereto view the PDF
How to Wash a Quilt
Test spots of quilt for colorfastness using cold water. Wash bed quilt in clean bathtub. Place bedsheet in tub. Fill tub with lukewarm/cool water. Submerge quilt and soak for 10 minutes to open all the fibers in the batting. Agitate quilt with hands. Add Orvus quilt soap or Ivory dish soap (handwashing soap not dishwasher machine soap). Agitate quilt with hands. Push the quilt to the top of the bathtub to drain. Push out water by pressing against the side of the tub. Add water to tub and rinse until water comes clean. Push quilt to top of tub to drain. Lift the quilt out of the tub with the bedsheet. (Lifting without the sheet can break threads.) In summer lay bedsheet outside on grass on a breezy 85º day. Put wet quilt right side down on sheet. Lay another sheet on top. Leave until mostly dry except for edges. Finish drying in the house spread over a sofa/chair for 48 hours. Never agitate in washing machine. Don’t put in dryer. You can let a quilt soak in the machine, add soap and agitate by hand, spin out water, rinse, and spin out water. Just don’t let it agitate. A quilt should not be laundered unless needed. Washing a quilt every 6 months for 10 years will wear out the quilt.
You Can Be a Fabric Designer: Have you ever looked at a fabric and thought, I could have designed that? Or thought, that would be great if I had just the right coordinating print? Or maybe you just can’t find the exact fabric you’d like to finish your quilt. Well now, you can be the fabric designer. It’s true, a number of websites are beginning to turn up that will print your design on fabric.It is a very simple process, for most the sites all you need to do is:1) Create an account: Enter your name and address and create a password. Once you have created an account, any files you submit will be stored should you require them later.2) Upload your design via a file: Each site has generally the same file requirements, but you should always check to make sure your file will be compatible with that particular site. Once you have uploaded your file, you are able to do some manipulation of the images. e.g. mirroring, offsetting.The general requirements are: 150 dpi, JPG, TIF, PNG, EPS, PDF files: file sizes 10 – 25 Mb; RGB or LAB color3) Submit your order: Enter shipping information and payment type.Prices begin at about $16 per yard. The price depends on the type of fabric and size. Some sites will print fat quarters. These companies strive to be environmentally friendly in their use of dyes and pigments.To learn more, visit these websites. www.spoonflower.com www.karmakraft.com www.fabricondemand.com
Go to Sharing Patch…Block of Month Archives.Leah Day has challenged herself to create and post a new fill design on her blog each day, for 365 days. A short video tutorial shows each design being sewn out. www.daystyledesigns.com
More Websites to Visit: Home of a gazillion traditional blocks and LOTS of Marcia Hohn’s original block designs – www.quilterscache.com