This week has been all about Washing Quilt Fabrics ! Looking at colour and learning about the colour wheel has made me think about how I store my fabric. Oh you can tell I have been on a bit of a mission lately, although I always used my intuition where colour was concerned I have realised that what I was naturally doing related to the colour wheel. Lucky Me! because that is NOT always the case for many people. Now that I have made myself learn about the colour wheel and how it relates to my quilts I find I can make better choices when choosing fabrics. What does this have to do with washing fabrics ? Well..........this got me thinking about the way I store my fabric, I was storing my fabric in beautiful co-ordinated ranges. Mostly still un-washed. Saving it for that special quilt! I usually wash it as I use it, I confess not always as I am in such a hurry to use it once I have an idea in mind. I love my fabric washed because I like to know what chemicals are in it, I also like to know if a fabric is going to run. Shrinkage is also another consideration. But mostly I like the way it feels when I am working with it when it is washed. After learning about the colour wheel I then had an epiphany ! It's not about fabric ranges, it's about colour families. Soooooooo I then set to and washed all the fabric I had that had not already been washed. (Oh MY there was a lot!) I used a small amount of very soft detergent and washed them on a 15 minute cycle in my front loader machine. Cutting with pinking shears helps with the fraying. Oh what a nice feeling..... Definitely Spring Cleaning! I then folded ALL of it! (Yes I have the sore shoulder to prove it) and made piles of colour families. I placed each colour family into a container / Pull-out Draw. This has been a wonderful exercise! I now know exactly what fabric I have. I must admit I have an awful lot of RED it must be my favorite colour. LOL I also now know what colours I need to buy more of. Any excuse !! Washing quilt fabrics is also a great way to get to know your fabric. Touch it and feel it, see the design etc. Get inspired by it ! I am just itching to get started on a new applique quilt I have been designing, it would make a great quilt along quilt. Would you like to make it with me ?
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Today is a good day, I am in my happy place at the sewing machine. My machine is cleaned and oiled, with a new needle and I am ready to go. I plan to get busy finishing the flying geese units for the final border on my Vintage Nine Patch Quilt.