Tuesday, June 16, 2009
It All Comes Out in the Wash
I try to make my quilts "bulletproof" so that the user can spill wine, coffee, or whatever and then fearlessly toss the quilt in the washer and dryer. I want them to be used and enjoyed, not stuck away in a closet. This quilt is bound for Hospice where it will have food, body fluids and all kinds of insults tossed onto it. The picture on the right is the "before" shot -- I had just finished the quilt and not yet washed it. The photo below is the same quilt after spending 59 minutes in the washer on "normal" cycle and then a regular cycle at full speed in the dryer. The border looks a little more rumpled in the "after" shot, but the quilt is basically unscathed -- just a little softer, a good thing. (Quilters note: the pattern is an appliqued Drunkard's Path). So if I have given you a quilt, please do not be afraid to wash it!