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The Delightful Quest to Construct a Quilt, Part 2

Time for an update on the quilt that I am making for our bedroom. I have accomplished a few things since the fabric was purchased two months ago. Since I'm not in a big hurry to finish this quilt, I just work on it when I can in between doing quilts for customers and Quilts of Valor. Here is what I have done so far: When I bring fabric home from the quilt shop I almost always pre-wash all of the fabric that I use for quilting so that less shrinkage happens when the finished quilt is washed. The only exception would be pre-cuts or fabric that I would use for a wall hanging that would never be washed. I start by dividing the fabrics into lights and darks and washing them on the "quick wash" se

A "Note"-Worthy Quilt Full of Firsts

I recently made a quilt that provided several "firsts" for me. On a trip to Dubuque last October, we stopped at a great quilt shop in the New Bo (New Bohemia) district in Cedar Rapids called Delve MIY. It is filled with art fabric from Frond Designs -- so different from the fabrics with which I usually sew. The colors are incredibly brilliant and when I saw a collection of fabrics with a music theme, I just knew that I had to buy it. That was the first "first" as I rarely buy fabric without a quilt pattern in mind. The bundle of fabric that I purchased included four fat quarters of red, blue, green and purple fabric, 1/2 yard of fabric with musical terms, one yard of panel fabric with musica



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