I have been seeing the posts on other blogs for One Monthly Goal, and thought it was a nice idea. Just set one achievable goal each month. I tend to be a finisher, usually not having more than three projects going at one time, so I didn’t join the link ups. But, I should have, as there were some really nice prizes for participants. It was hosted by Heidi at Red Letter Quilts for some time, and has just been taken over at Elm Creek Quilts while Heidi is dealing with some health issues. Get better soon, Heidi!
I have pulled a bunch of red fabrics from the
stash resource center. I got a fat quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop specifically for this project. Love these rich, deep burgundy reds.
Plus, I have 3 layer cakes from Connecting Threads, the Scarlett one is already taken apart.
Then I did the unthinkable. Pulling the cake layers and fat quarters in all the compatible reds, I washed all of it (yes, I did!) in hot water and dried it in the dryer on high heat. I put the FQs and cake layers into a nylon washing bag. Yes, some of it raveled like mad, and I have lost a bit of the yardage, but the important thing is I have greatly decreased the chance that those reds run after the quilt is made. So, my goal is to turn this red mess into cut pieces for my two-tone quilt I have planned.
This is going to take half a day just to press all these bits! But I am not sorry I did it, those reds ran like you wouldn’t believe. I put two color catchers in with the wash, and both turned out so dark that I almost mistook them for some of the cottons! Amazingly, though, the fabrics don’t look like they have lost any of the rich color at all. Go figure. Now, I have only need to decide on the block plan before I can actually do any cutting.
If you would like to play along, visit the One Monthly Goal at Elm Creek Quilts. There are some great prizes to win there, just link up your goal before November 7, then post your progress at the end of the month.
Whether or not you link up, what is your quilty or other goal for November?