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