Good Morning BlockHeads, this is only a recap, answers to questions, and a test!
I'm having trouble posting the Wednesday blocks at the time I set. If this comes to your inbox today, then this particular test failed, but every test tells me something, to do,or NOT to do! LOL.
I'll get it figured out, eventually.
So tell me, are you having fun? I love the pace of a block a week. And I really love the addition of my 3" Mini Penny blocks. Remember, they are not part of the BOW, just something I'm doing for fun. I love working with leftover parts. I am LOVING seeing your blocks On Facebook and Instagram. The creativity that is coming out of these 6" patterns is amazing. Cool fabric combinations, and unique interpretations of value and placement. Just awesome!
I've been remiss on the discussions Lynne has put forth for the designers. I receive Lynne's blog on Thursday! Good idea though to get us talking!
Lynne's first question for us was, "Where do you stand on pre-washing?"
I prefer to prewash, and here is why:
1. I like how the fibers raise just a bit, making the cut pieces snuggle to together as they go through the machine.
2. Resolving shrinkage and color discharge issues. Neither of these are a big deal these days. Most fabrics are colorfast and my Moda reds are very colorfast! Most fabrics behave very well, but I do throw a color catcher, made by Shout, into the wash if I have mixed darks and lights or if combining with other manufacturers. As for shrinkage, it comes from years ago spritzing a fabric on the ironing board and watching it shrink before my eyes. I've seen this happen to a pieced block too when just pressing with steam, and yes I do use steam. If you have ever had a color bleed after the quilt has been washed, you won't take a chance again.
3. I have more allergies than ever before in my life. Hopefully, I'm not allergic to my fabric, perish the thought! So, prewashing does remove whatever is used in processing our beautiful fabrics, that might cause allergies.
4. It is the rule in our 19th Century Patchwork Diva group for block exchanges. Don't mess with the Divas! LOL
Lynne's second question was, "Do you starch your fabrics before or during piecing?"
Short and quick answer...BEFORE!
1. Cut pieces behave very well and, since I love tiny pieces, starching is imperative for accuracy. In my opinion.
2. I do a lot of finger pressing as I piece, starching makes that wonderful.
I like my fabrics crispy, but not stiff as a board. I've never had a problem with starch. I'm very sensitive to scents, and even though Best Press is an excellent product and has an unscented version, I don't use it as it doesn't give me the amount of body I desire. I'd be buying it by the gallon and that is a pricey investment, considering how much as I sew.
There are 2 non-aerosol starches on the market, Niagara and Faultless. Faultless has more scent, not enough to give me a migraine, but not unscented. Niagara, is very pleasant, no migraines!
Do you have a question for me, or of all the BlockHead designers? I'd love to hear them. So, let me know!
Watch for Jan Patek's block Wednesday! And my version will be right here! Happy stitching!!!
~Until next time,