Welcome to the May edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd #TTot22. Yes, you read the title right and this tip is not about your bathing habits! Although, I have to admit that in my current state (broken ankle) I need more help with the simple tasks than I used to. However, the upcoming hint is a cautionary tale for those who wonder about what seems to be a lot more shrinking on a big quilt. But, before I get to my tip, I wanted to remind you of the fun link-ups we had last month.
Yvonne linked up her tip on Conquering Curves. She is a curve-master (I used to have a foot for my Elna called that), and Yvonne can really help you overcome your fears of working with curves. She really understands how to tame the curve and make it sew like a dream.
Second, there is a great tutorial by Jennifer of Dizzy Quilter on quilting with denim. I especially love Jennifer’s tips about tools and what kinds of denim to “hoard”.
My tutorial was about lining a patch pocket. I used an orphan block and lined it, so that it could be used in a bag or on a journal cover or even attached to the inside of a jacket, where a pocket would be needed. I would want the patch to be lined, so the seams don’t come apart during use. It is a nifty little trick, if I do say so.
So, why wash your backing for a quilt??? Most of my quilts are to be used, loved and washed. I want to be accurate about size and have found that some of my quilts are loosing more size than I would like.
Backings, especially the 108″ wide backings are looser woven than many of our quilting cottons. I just noticed on Backside Fabrics that they are including this caution on their website. You see these backings can shrink a little more than our quilting fabrics – up to 8% shrinkage!
Personally, I have seen a 80″ x 80″ top get shrunk down to 72″ x 72″. The shrinking could be from both the backing AND the quilting. We like denser quilting than we used to and that shrinks up the quilt a bit. SO, some people are saying the combination can lead to a 10% shrinkage on a quilt. YIKES…that explains how 80″ became 72″!
My recent queen quilt was made to take this into account. I washed the 108″ backing, but I haven’t yet measured it to see what the shrinkage was. I am hoping that this way I reduced one of the shrinking variables and it will keep some of generous overhang that I wanted on this particular quilt. It isn’t quilted yet, so I can’t tell you the results, but I will. This quilt will be washed before it goes to its new home, so watch for more details on this experiment!
Now it’s your turn to post, and the rules are simple – write up a tip or group of tips or a tutorial that is quilting or sewing-related and link that post below. The linky party is open from midnight on the 22nd, through midnight on May 31st. The post does not have to be new but should be one that hasn’t been linked to Tips and Tutorials in the past. If you don’t have a blog, please send it to me (email@example.com) and I will post your tip or tutorial for you!
I am not quilting at the moment due to my broken ankle. The machine and all the tools are upstairs, and I am not doing those stairs (there are a number of pie-shaped steps) until I can be weight bearing on my right ankle. So, for a little bit, there will be less of me here than usual. I long to be back to sewing, and do have an applique project that I am going to get to, tomorrow, so you will see something about that soon!
Coming Up on My Blog:
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – 6/22