Two Tip Tuesday on Wednesday

Time flies when another quilt show is around the corner! I’m prepping for AQS Quilt Week in Branson, MO next week. Super excited to be going “home” for this show. Well not quite home, but within 3 hours in my home state!

Also this month is another Quilt Block Challenge Remix. We are looking at the Rocky Road to California quilt block. I have seen several different versions of this block. I’ve decided to pull some of my homespun checks and plaids for this challenge. See my fabric pull below.

The block as it appears in EQ8 is below. As mentioned, I’ve seen different coloring variations. I’m not sure what direction I will take this block and eventually quilt.

Do you pull fabrics from your stash or go buy NEW? I have a huge stash and love revisiting my old favorites. Some of these homespuns have been around for 25 years. Every time I use them, I’m still in love with them. In working with homespuns the first thing I do is pre wash. I will help tighten the weave and shrink before cutting. I also like to starch them, before cutting. The starch will help stiffen the loose weave for ease in cutting at stitching.

To recap…

#1 – Pre wash fabrics. Especially homespuns.

#2 – Starch or Best Press or the new Magic Quilting & Crafting Spray can help stabilize fabric. (I’ll be giving the Magic spray a try on this project.)

in quilting,

Debbie

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