The Australian long summer coincides with extended school holidays and lazy days with family and friends. The cities are relatively deserted as everyone heads off to their holiday destination.
Quilterie has been entertaining and not much sewing or blogging has occurred here. But I couldn't miss the last opportunity to link up with all the other detectives who have been trying to solve the "Mystery of Orca Bay".
The quilt has an 8 X 7 block setting and I have sewn 8 X 4 so far. It's going to be a big quilt and it already has a name: "Red Herring".
I'd like to thank Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville for leading us all on a merry chase. I learned a lot and enjoyed doing the mystery as a virtual group and soon I hope to have a new top ready for quilting. I can highly recommend doing the next mystery, although, Bonnie, if you are reading: please can you begin the fun at a less busy time of the year!!
Regarding my solid challenge I haven't got much further than washing my red fabric. I'm not much of a washer, really. I usually get my fabric home from the shop and eagerly cut straight into it. But knowing how much red colour can run, I thought I'd be sensible and soak the yardage.
After a few minutes it appeared that the dye was stable. However I got distracted and left the fabric to soak for a couple of hours. On my return I found the water a pink colour! Who knew to leave the fabric to soak for extended time? I suppose you all did and just forgot to tell me. Well, now after a second long soak and a wash in the machine fingers crossed it won't bleed any more.