Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Mysterious Case of Shrinking Fabric

When it happened the third time in a row, I realized I wasn't going crazy!

I cut the same piece of fabric exactly 3.5 inch square, then matched it up to it's partner and noticed the 1/4 inch discrepancy.

I cut it again, this time paying close attention to the line on which I cut. Matched it up to it's partner and it was still too small.


Maybe the partner piece is too big. Nope. 3.5 inch square.

This time I grab my sweet and patient husband and ask for supervision. Look, I say, I'm cutting exactly 3.5 inches square.

Yes, he agrees.

Still too small. Is this incredibly shrinking fabric?

My husband has a theory that the water in the air (remember, we just moved from Las Vegas to Sacramento) is shrinking the fabric.

I had some sashing cut out for my second Love Quilt and sure enough, most of them are just a scant quarter inch too short to fit the blocks. So I recut them all half an inch larger than I need and will just have to cut down later.

Is this because I don't pre-wash? Do you pre-wash your fat quarters? I don't like the fraying, so I try not to. If I start to pre-wash, will this annoying shrinkage stop?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Yay! Good News!

I have good news! My husband and I both found jobs! Yay! That means we can move out of my parent's house soon and pretty soon I'll be able to spend more money on fabric! Double-Yay! I should have news by the end of the week if I can get a second job also. I'm crossing my fingers for a second job that will allow me to quilt. Don't laugh, they are out there!

Now that the job search is over, I'll have more time to quilt. I know that sounds ridiculous, but without a job I spend more time looking for one than actually quilting. It will be a lot easier when I get my own space too! But that doesn't mean I haven't been working on anything!

I finished the paper-pieced Christmas trees for my Mystery BOM from Esther's Blog. I had to do 12 of them. Haven't trimmed them down yet. It's always the trimming where I mess up paper piecing.

A new block came out Tuesday that I'm excited to get started on. Only problem is that I don't have the red fabric or fusible webbing I need to do it. It will be my first time using fusible webbing though so I'm pretty stoked. I never realized there was applique you didn't have to sew.

I'm always the last person to know!

I also worked a bit on a neck warmer for my step-mom. She uses hers every night and totally wore out her last one. I used this really pretty purple fabric I had, but regret that now. It's cheap-o fabric that doesn't hold the stitch that well and also doesn't hold heat as well. I think I have some old pink and purple PJ's in my stash that I'll cut up to make her another one. Purple is her favorite color.

Besides that, I've been ridiculously busy with the Fall into Fall Quilt Bloggers Giveaway! How fun! I've been blog-hopping like crazy! My follow list has quadrupled, easily. There were even some blogs I found who I thought were on my list, but weren't. Make sure to check it out and to sign up for some of the amazing giveaways being offered!

Next time I post I hope to have more to show! Until then,

Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Check out this Giveaway!

Glenna over at Hollyhock Quilts is having a totally fantastic giveaway! It's Fabric! And lots of it! There's a ton of comments over there already, so hurry up and join the party!