Question of the Week:Do you wash/clean your quilts? If so, any special tips to share?
As usual, I can't give a straight "Yes" or "No" answer (drives my hubby crazy!). If it's a quilt to display in the store, no. I like the crispness of the sizing so it hangs well. A wallhanging for home or a gift, no. A quilt with layered patchwork that I want to emphasize the dimension, yes - maybe even a couple times. A lap quilt to cuddle up with, absolutely. I wash my quilts with a mild detergent made for quilts in a front load washer. There's much less stress on the stitching when a quilt is tumbled versus agitated (who wants to agitate their quilts?). If it's a cuddle up quilt, I'll throw it in the dryer on damp dry for a bit, then lay it out flat to dry. I guess the simplest answer is, I wash my quilts when they need it.
Blockheads Block #20Devil's Claw by Betsy Chutchian (click here for instructions)
This was such a fun block to make. Soooo easy using either method. I like that Kathy used two different prints for the triangles. The layered patchwork version is simply two fabrics and 4 seams after layering/topstitching. (The brown print in the background is from my new fall line, Harvest Hill, coming in October.)
|Kathy's traditionally pieced block on the left; layered patchwork on the right.|
Click here for my layered patchwork instructions for Block #20.
See what all the designers are up to this week.
Betsy's Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Lisa Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Jan's Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Jo's Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
Carrie's Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/
Don't forget - the Moda Blockheads Directory is available for all the block instructions to date.