|These are the new fabrics purchased for the restoration of this quilt.|
The fabrics are exactly what I was looking for, they are slightly mottled, so they'll blend in with the age of the quilt when washed. The green fabric is from the Troy Corp, Riverwoods Collection, Modern Textures by Marcia Derse of mddesigns. The red is called Solids for moda.
When I get home with my bag of fabric I want to begin right away. BUT:::::::::::the fabrics need to be rinsed out first. I always do this with every fabric I own. I rinse the fabric in hot water in my sink. If it bleeds, I continue to rinse until the color is gone. Then it goes in the dryer. This prewashing accomplishes many things:
- Removes excess fiber and lint from the fabric
- Rinses off extra finishing chemicals from the fabric
- Removes excess dye so color doesn't run onto the background or neighboring fabrics
- When dried in the dryer, fabric may shrink so that the seams will be more stable and cause less puckering.
I've made my templates, cut a few tulips out, and I'm ready to begin the hand stitching that I've been waiting for so long. I can hardly wait to sleep under this quilt.
Let the journey begin.