After finishing another block from the Beyond the Cherry Trees Album quilt I did the right thing and soaked my applique. Little did I expect the purples to run and I was dismayed to discover that the colour catcher didn't seem to work for purple. I removed the offending "grape" and was rather disgruntledly preparing to cover the stain with 2 over sized grapes. Meanwhile, the block was left to soak overnight with the colour catcher. All of the purple stain vanished so now I know to allow things to soak in water for extended periods. I challenge you to find the colour run.
The week has been packed with non quilty activity, including hosting a dinner for 14 on Wednesday.
However, I did manage to fit in a machine quilting class with Kim Bradley at Quiltsmith. It was a wonderful, relaxed class with Kim who proved to be a great teacher. She was extremely encouraging and advised 10 minutes of machine quilting a day to improve skill. So I did what I was told and here is a picture of my 10 minutes practice the day after the class.
I have been neglecting my traditional quilting in favour of big stitches and now machine quilting. It was no surprise to discover my fine stitching skills were very rusty. I pulled out a large semi-quilted, mainly applique quilt started in 2003. It is a Karen Cunningham design that she published in a magazine.
This spring long weekend in Sydney has been like winter -wet and cold. It was the perfect opportunity to rediscover my hand quilting.