I have, and perhaps every quilter has, made these mistakes. Let’s take them one at a time, perhaps in more than one post, and focus on the solutions, rather than the problems.
1. Made a mistake in calculations for size of borders, sashing, or even finished size.
- What is there to say for this error except, measure and calculate two or three times before cutting, and it’s always better to buy a bit more fabric than you think you will need than less.
- We all have done this at one time or another, so don’t beat yourself up because you miscalculated. Figure out a way to add to your fabric, substitute another fabric, or reduce the size of your quilt – and move on. Bottom line, no one will notice, most likely.
2. Not pre-washed fabric and had a bleedover to a lighter color – do color catchers really work?
- I pre-washed a fabric 7 times, and it still bled over onto the white backing fabric. Is this common or usual? Probably not. Some recommend not pre-washing and using color catchers. Do they work? I don’t know, I have never tried them. Still, as a general rule, I pre-wash all fabrics until the water, if the fabric is bleeding color, runs mostly or completely clear. It’s a pain, added work, but, do you really want your quilt, well, not ruined, but definitely not optimum?
3. Had to use a calculator to figure block size, binding or finished quilt size.
- I know this seems lame. We can all add inches and feet, right? But, seriously, I just don’t trust my brain power sometimes, so, yes, I use a calculator. And most times, I make my calculations two or three times, to be sure. It’s okay. It’s a tool. That’s what it was meant to be used for. Don’t feel bad that you need a tool to help you be accurate!
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for Fabric Selection and Design 2 soon.