Thursday, January 11, 2018

~ Getting Romantic ~

As soon as I saw this new line of fabric I fell in love.  This is First Romance by Kristyne Czepuryk of Pretty by Hand, made for Moda.  Isn't it just the sweetest?   Now comes the hard part...cutting away the plastic and removing the ribbon.


It took a little time I finally did it...And OH MY GOODNESS!  My knees went weak and my heart began to flutter.  Two hours later I came to my senses and chose a few little lovelies for my next quilt.  Before this line was released for sale I started designing quilts just for this bundle.  About 20 quilts were designed but only four made the cut.  And from that four I plan to make at  two.  Both are quick and easy quilts with large blocks.


So the process began.  Below is my fat quarters drying after being starched.  The starching process is very simple.... a Rubbermaid kitchen container with liquid starch.  I refold the fabric to fit the container, lay all my fat quarters in the container and pour the starch mixture in.  After the fabric absorbs the starch I carefully squeeze out the excess.  Then hang on my frame with a fan and space heater blowing on them.  When almost dry(about 45 minutes later) I start pressing each piece.  The pressing(not ironing) while still damp helps to preshrink the fabric.  


A few hours later I'm well on my way to having a quilt top made.  


I couldn't help myself....I added a little Lakehouse Drygoods(green) to the mix.



Hope to see you in a few days with a completed quilt!

~  Lea Anne ~
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15 comments:

  1. These fabrics are gorgeous. I think I might see blue hearts in the pile of lovelies. :) What is the starch solution you use on your fabrics? I use spray starch, but have never soaked my fabrics in starch. Looking forward to seeing your creations from this fabric line.

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    1. Com certeza que sua colcha vai ficar maravilhosa !!!!

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  2. Hi Lea Anne,
    Oooooh, that pretty stack of fabric drew me right in! I saw it in my email this morning - one of those, look what's going on here posts. I thought I HAVE to see what that fabric is and what she is doing with it!! So very pretty - look how nice they look hanging there drying. I cannot wait to see where this goes, you little tease you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. Thanks for sharing your starching process...can you share what your measurments are for the starch-pretty please! Those colors are just right for you;)

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  4. You're way ahead of me...My package of First Romance is still in the plastic wrapper sitting where I can see it while I sew. I can't wait to see the quilts you've designed that use these fabrics.

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  5. Beautiful fabrics! Are you doing the starching because you'll do applique or do you do it with all of your fabric?

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  6. Yes, do share your recipe for the starch mixture. You must find that starching this way works well. What can you tell us about the process as far as the advantages. I only did it once - such a lot of work - usually I just use Mary Ellen's.

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  7. Oh these prints are just darling... must have it!

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  8. No wonder you went week in the knees those are gorgeous colors and prints.

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  9. A very pretty range of fabrics. Looking forward to the end result.

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  10. I love this line also! And I really like the splash of green you added! Excited to see the finished quilt!

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    1. Also, do you do this starching process instead of prewashing? I usually just use either sizing or Mary Ellen's, but yours is so crisp and neat! What mixture do you use for the starch? I may have to try this. And do you do this with yardage as well? Inquiring minds want to know! LOL

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  11. Ohhhhh, I have a fat quarter bundle of it, too. I can not wait to see what you are making!!!

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  12. ooooo I like it all, and all your photos. I want some tooooo
    the hard part is opening the lovely bundle for sure!

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  13. If this isn’t an inspiring post, I don’t know what is!

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