Sep 04

Black and White Window Quilt complete (37)

The binding is on, and the black and white quilt is finally complete!

black and white quilt

The front

Black and white quilt back

The Back

Black and white quilt corner

Scrappy black and white binding

The Binding

The final quilt measured 69 inches x 89 inches before washing.  I did not pre-wash my fabric, nor did I pre-wash my batting.  To me, it doesn’t make sense to do it because charm packs and jelly rolls do not come pre-washed.  The only benefit I see to pre-washing is that your colors won’t bleed in the final quilt.  I once read a hint that to eliminate bleeding of colors, add a cup of table salt to the wash water.  I have done that for my most recent quilts, and I have not seen any bleeding.

Since I don’t pre-wash my fabrics or batting, my quilts will experience some shrinking after being in the wash.  The black and white quilt shrunk down to 64.5 inches x 84 inches.  That is a 6% decrease in size.  Be sure to factor that in when making your quilts.

Solid squares for next quilt

I still have two quilts that I am working on.  The flying geese quilt, and another nine patch quilt that I haven’t posted pictures of yet.  I am also beginning a new quilt.  432  squares, each 3 inches x 3 inches resulting in 2.5 x 2.5 inch squares.  The final quilt will be 40 x 67 inches wide.  I am making it for my son, who is constantly asking me to, “Draw Bus.”  So far, I have cut out 69 blue and white squares, 25 purple squares, 66 squares of floral green, 4 squares of leafy green, 4 squares of circle green, 16 squares of red, 11 squares of orange, and 14 squares of yellow.  I’ve decided that I will take you through the whole process, square by square, so that you can watch me make the final product.  I’m not working with a pattern, just a sketch that I drew out.  If it turns out well, I will enter it into a contest that is coming up.  If not, then hopefully my son will love it, and maybe he’ll stop asking me to “Draw Bus.”

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