Thursday, April 11, 2013

Before and After

You've already seen and heard all about my current favorite quilt, HST Love. It's been ready to go for over a week, but dallied around home for a bit so I could share her for show and tell at the meeting of Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Monday night. So finally, it was time for her to travel to her final destination - Restore Innocence, a charity supported by the FAITH Circle of do.Good Stitches. But first . . .

She needed a good machine wash and tumble dry. And for this quilt, it did wonders.
HST quilt washed & crinkly
I'm hoping you can get a sense from these photos of the transformation that happened in the laundry room. This quilt crinkled in a way you always hope it will, and the softness and cuddle-quality was tremendously increased. Seriously I need to make another of these! Meanwhile, off it goes. May it travel safely and be a blessing in its new home.

31 comments:

Deborah said...

Super gorgeous quilt, Debbie!!

capitolaquilter said...

crinkle and cozy for sure and yes, an encore is in order.

Jessica Kelly said...

Oh it was gorgeous to begin with, and the crinkly-ness takes it to a whole new level of awesome!

sarah said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this quilt! Fantastic!!!!

Lesley said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! Love the fabrics and the wonderful stitching!

Nicole said...

Beautiful! Love the colors and the stitching!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

beautiful love the quilting - goes with the quilt top so well

Marci Girl said...

Oh yes, you can tell, that quilt looks so cuddly and soft! Beautiful!

quirky granola girl said...

oh gosh! the texture in the "after" photo is fabulous!

Heather D. said...

Lovely - I think that washing/drying almost always improves a quilt! Even one that was awesome to begin with!!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Debbie, it is so beautiful! Washing really made the magic and the straight quilting looks now amazing! I love also the random triangle pattern! x Teje

liz said...

I love every aspect of your quilt. I"m currently working on something similar, my first HST project.

? for you: Are you a fabric prewasher? I am, and wonder how much krinkling I might get if I quilt in a similarly dense fashion?

Debbie said...

Liz, I am not a fabric prewasher and I do think your crinkle-factor will be lessened if you are. Good experiment - feel free to touch base after and we can compare notes!

Carla said...

I love the crinkly look too, Debbie! What a great quilt!

sweet diesel designs said...

Oh the crinkliness! It is amazing! Great job!

Svetlana said...

awww, beautiful!

Heidi Staples said...

What a difference! I love it!!

Malu said...

The quilt came to life after the washing. It was a beauty in the beginning but now it is perfect. I have to do this HST quilt, too.

bruinbr said...

Seriously, such a gorgeous quit! Love it!

Erica said...

Oh that's the best part! It's gorgeous!

Kirsten said...

Love how the dense quilting crinkles up so well!

Katy Cameron said...

I looks very cuddlesome now :o)

Live a Colorful Life said...

It is just amazing what you can do with simple HSTs. This is beautiful!

claudia said...

I just love everything about that quilt! It will be adored in its new home.

MariQuilts said...

Sooo lovely!!

Grit said...

Wow, amazing quilt!!!!!!
Fantastic.

Grit from Germany

Tina Craig said...

It's perfect! What a fun way to use a collection of solids. How big are the HSTs? This might need to be my Saturday sew-in project at a friend's house.

Julie said...

What were the cutting directions for the HSTs? Did they cut 10" squares and go from there?

Amy DeCesare said...

Just plain gorgeous!!!

Katie said...

Love this! Fabulous

FlourishingPalms said...

It does look wonderful! Please do tell - quilter-bloggers rarely do this - what batting did you use? I find it makes so much different in the finish of a quilt. In the near future, I hope to do a post about battings. I think what the batting does to a quilt is greatly overlooked.