Despite the fact that I’ve got a couple of WIPs that I really need to finish, I’ve recently gotten started on a new project. I’m working on two different baby quilts now that are going to be a matching set.
On a recent trip to my LQS, I bought a variety of cotton solids in a rainbow of colors. I mixed and matched between designers a bit so the set has Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons, Pepper Cory’s Peppered Cottons, and Andover’s Textured Cottons all included.
I tried to find fabrics that would pretty true to the “standard” colors of the rainbow. I was basically envisioning opening an 8-count box of crayons and trying to match what the colorful crayons would look like.
Since I’m pairing these colorful solids with Kona white for the background, my LQS recommended that I pre-wash everything. They said my colorful solids would shrink at a different rate than the background. So I bought some pinking shears and embarked on my first pre-washing ever. And I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of having to pre-wash. Between trimming with the pinking shears and cutting off the frayed edges after washing, you lose a good bit of fabric. And it takes a lot more work!
But I finally got everything pre-washed and re-ironed and could actually start cutting into it. I cut out 120 squares (1/2 colored and 1/2 white) so that I can make 60 half square triangles and 60 hourglass blocks.
I know everyone seems to rave about shot cottons but so far I’m not a huge fan of working with these colorful fabrics. I’ve had a lot more issues with fraying as I cut than I’ve ever had before with Kona solids. I tried starching the fabrics and that didn’t seem to help either (if anything, it might have been worse after starching). But I did successfully get everything cut!
And now I’ve been doing a ton of chain piecing and sewing everything together. Luckily, both HST and hourglass blocks make for easy chain-piecing. I love how all the colors look all stacked together!
I can’t wait to start getting everything laid out and see these quilts come together!