"April in Paris" is finally a finished quilt! The last binding stitch was put in over the weekend, and I immediately whisked it outside for a photo shoot. It was a windy afternoon.
All these photos were taken before washing out the Crayola markers I used for tracing stencils and some freehand designs in the larger blocks. I was pretty nervous about that first wash, partly because of the dark markers and also that bright claret used for the sashings. A couple color-catchers in the pre-rinse came out bright blue-green, first thought to be from the markers, until I discovered the Printed Treasures label had been dyed the same blue-green. But no red bleed - whew! After the pre-rinse in cold water I washed the quilt with a bit of laundry soap in cold water. No bleed on anything except that label which seems to be permanently dyed. It's the first time I've seen a Printed Treasures label take on dye like that. Thinking now it must have been from the blue backing fabric, though that had been prewashed. I'm just breathing a sigh of relief that the entire quilt didn't take on a blue hue.
The dog run finally has a purpose though it took a 3-step ladder to reach the line!
A bit closer
My faithful photo shoot assistant, who was polite enough to not roll on the quilt!
And a finished quilt post deserves a shot by one of my favorite trees out back!
This quilt is based on a pattern by Tony Jacobson published in Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. My version's finished size after washing is 76 inches square. The quilt crinkled up nicely after quilting and its bath, though the shrinkage was far more than I'd expected. The flimsy measured 80 inches square and I'd hoped it would remain close to the 80 inches, but I'm very pleased otherwise with how it turned out. This quilt is destined for the benefit auction on August 31.
This was my One Monthly Goal for August and I'll be linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts when she posts her end-of-month linky party in a couple weeks.
Til next time, happy stitching! I see canning in my near future. Tomatoes still green but the plants are heavy with fruit, with any luck we will see a huge harvest, some for us and some for sharing.