Friday, October 14, 2011

It All Came Out In The Wash

I'm so glad I took the time to wash this sample, before proceeding any further, with the project. I'm not usually that farsighted, but since I was using denim I wasn't to sure how things would wash up. I'm happy to say it all came out in the wash......all my conclusions anyway.

Just look at the difference between  using a zig zag stitch on the edge or not.

I'm preferring the zig zagged edge.

I'm not particularly fond of the zig zag on the back.

Sample back

Sample of sewing the fabric down, with a zig zag stitch, then cutting away the fabric using regular quilting cotton.

Similar technique  using denim.

My conclusions are:
  • Give my denim fabric another wash to soften it up before using.
  • Stitch the fabric down with the zig zag stitch before cutting away.....this will actually save me some time (did I mention I have a bit of a lazy bone).
  • Leave the back fabric off until all the zig zag stitching is done.


  1. I really like this. Thanks for sharing all you learned.

  2. I just saw your comment on my Squares Squared Flickr quilt and realized I'd been OOHing and AAAHing over your project here this very morning!

    It's great to be able to see your progress and decision making. I'm never quite happy with QAYG projects, but I'd really like to get better at it.

  3. Wow, that's going to be really interesting!

    Can't wait to see it in the endd. :)

  4. Good to see you back at it after a holiday with the family. And just look at you back at it. It never occured to me to do QAYG reserve applique. And I am sold on it. Thanks for allowing us to watch you work your way through it.

  5. All this time we've been friends and only now you tell me you have a lazy bone. I never knew that. I have one too.

  6. I . L.O.V.E. T.H.I.S.! I really like your sample, the combination of both zig-zag and straight stitch gives you 2 different textures and I really like the zig-zag on the back of the quilt as well. The denim colour variations after laundering just adds another fabulous dimension.

    *sigh* Can I be in love with this sample?

    How do you get your circles so perfect?! Do you draw lines first and follow with your stitching?

  7. I like the idea of taking your sample to the lab and doing tests and coming to conclusions, it's very scientific. Hard to see the lazy bone in all that! Thanks for sharing.


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