Here's a little sampler square of the crazy log cabin quilt. I tried out quilting different distances from the seams of the patches. Contrary to my expectations, it only took about an hour to do the one square, so looking ahead to sixteen hours for the whole piece isn't too daunting. But, horror of horrors, the dark brown linen bled like crazy when I washed it. It doesn't show too badly against the darker coloured patches, but the pale yellow cotton just seemed to soak it up. I tried spot treating it with Retayne, which helped a bit, but not completely.
Might you have any hints for me, dear readers? Other than pre-washing ALL fabrics before piecing? I'm thinking of giving the whole thing a treatment with Retayne, but that is a product I haven't used too often, so have no idea how it will do with fabric that has already been sewn. I guess this is one of the dangers of using thrift store materials - the pants this linen came from weren't new, but probably had only been dry cleaned before.
I'm an artist who has been making stuff for 30 years. I used to spin, knit, weave, quilt, design, write, embroider and garden, and I still do most of these things, but for the last few years I have been focused on stitching images from Canada's first natural history, the Codex Canadensis.
I try to live a life of minimal consumption and maximum creation. More and more, I see how these are connected.