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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Projects rolling in and out, and I need YOUR help again! (and a link party)

Last time I asked you to help me, you gave me great suggestions so I will ask you one more question (see end of the post)
The Ongoing List:
  1. the SK project - no progress
  2. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - no progress, needs quilting!!
  3. SYS2015 future projects - waiting May project ;)
  4. Embroidery calendar - no progress
  5. Color of the Year challenge - dooooone (can share only sneak peek)!!
    (this will be my March project for a Lovely Year of Finishes)
  6. Mug Rug Swap - doooooone (can share only sneak peek)
  7. Animal blocks for charity quilts - one block done (see below)
  8. New project: ironing board cover - dooooone (see below)
  9. New project: crochet slippers - one foot done 
The EverythingElse List:
  1. Project of Doom 2015 @ Fandom in Stitches - no progress
  2. Reversible sewing machine cover -  no progress
  3. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag -  no progress
  4. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  5. As You Wish -  no progress
  6. Happy Halloween wall hanging -  no progress
  7. Crazy optical illusion -  no progress
  8. D wall hanging -  no progress
  9. B quilt -  no progress
  10. Memory quilt 2 - no progress.
Let's start with my two new projects: one finished and one in progress.

The finished one is this

My small ironing board needed a new cover... badly :)
This is a super quick project, I followed Melissa's tutorial to put it together but I used only one fabric instead of piecing the rainbow. The fabric I used is special because we found this big scrap of cotton in the house of out previous landlord's mom. She passed away right before we moved to our house. At that time I didn't even know what sewing meant... but for some reasons my boyfriend picked up this piece of fabric that stayed in our closet for two years. Now to honor her memory, I have a wonderful ironing board cover and soon I will use the rest for some other decorative item for my sewing space: in this way we will always remember her!

The second project is a pair of crochet slippers. It's the first time I try to make this kind of object! And I was inspired by next month's tutorial for Stretch Your Skills (spoiler alert: it does NOT have anything to do with slippers ;) but it's crochet, so it encouraged me to get my crochet hook going and to use up the extra yarn I have on hand). The foot part turned out great... I will post pictures and more details when both feet are done! ;) but I am so excited about these new small projects that are inspired by the SYS adventure! 
This is why you should try to follow along: you never know what the SYS tutorial may inspire you to do!! :) :)

Now for the finishes that I cannot share:

Color of the Year challenge:
(this is my March project for a Lovely Year of Finishes)
I promise... it's completely done (and washed with some issues, hence the question below ;) )
But I don't want to show it just yet... waiting for the challenge to actually start!

Spring Mug Rug Swap:
I joined this swap on FB and it was super fun! Again I can only share a sneak peek because I want to be a surprise for my partner... but I used a technique that I never tried before, and I think it tuned out pretty cute! ;)

And finally, something I can share: one more animal block for my charity quilts project!

Lion King, by Jennifer @ Sewhooked 
Oh, and I received the blocks from my March partner from the Block Swap Adventure (Zuzana from Ireland). Aren't they cute?
My question to you:
How do you clean color bleed stains? I soaked my Marsala mini into water to get the washable markings that I used to trace the quilting off, and some of the "marsala" fabric start bleeding! I had a color catcher in the container, but I think that those things work best in the washing machine (where the water moves around) but as the piece was still, not all the bleeding color got caught :(
It's not too much and maybe if I put the entire piece in the washing it will go away... but I was wondering if you have any trick/product to apply on the stain or in the water to help fixing the issue!

What are YOU going to link?


  1. I just bought a new ironing board cover. Super easy! The lion is so perfect with the fabrics used.

  2. Your Lion King looks great. I wish I had an easy answer for you about the bleeding. I will check back to see what others have to say..

  3. I saw something on The Quilt Show about this and went to the forum to ask because I couldn't find the show it was on. If the project is already made up, the stuff to use is Synthrapol (sp?) and Colour catchers. If you are prewashing fabric that is bleeding you need Retayne. Good Luck!

  4. Go to Vicki Welsh's web site - Field Trips in Fiber. She has done a lot of research on what to do when fabrics bleed. It will be well worth the time.

  5. Im sure you will find something to fix it, so frustrating when things like that happen :( love your iron board cover, something I should think about doing, and love the story behind the fabric. You sure have another week of great finishes or works in progress, lion king looks amazing with the fabrics you picked, another winner :)

  6. I wash it with color catcher again. Mostly after one time it is OK. You can use color catchers outside the washing machine, but it needs movement to catch the color particles before the fabric does.
    Love your lion. The colors and fabrics gives it something very special.

  7. the bleeding picture won't load... my question to you is do you prewash fabrics? Especially batiks that I find run and run. I prewash them three times in hot water, to set the color and get rid of excess chemicals and dye. If people ever saw how they are made, they would also prewash them. To get a stain off after it's set in the dryer, you might have to try a Qtip with bleach or dawn detergent on the spot. I don't know... when I have a stain I try to cover it somehow. Paint, applique, cutting it out and repieceing. LeeAnna at not afraid of color


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