Because we knew that 2020 was going to be a busy quilt-making year, Mary and I started a Christmas quilt for her sister, Debra, back in June. A few years ago I purchased a Dashwood Studio Christmas panel that uses some of the non-traditional Christmas colors I’m drawn to: turquoise, blue, and grey along with a touch of gold on a white background. We decided to design a quilt for Debra around this panel and some Christmas tree blocks. In January I had made some paper-pieced tree blocks to donate for quilts for a family in Maine who had lost their father in a tragic way. Debra had seen photos of these blocks on my Instagram feed and had expressed that she would love a quilt with some of these paper-pieced trees. Mary and I found some complementary fabrics on Etsy including a glittery white snowflake fabric for background and several metallic fabrics for the trees. The trunks of the trees and the binding are made from a lovely grey wood fabric.
The 50.5” quilt went together fairly easily. We didn’t have a problem with it until we washed it and had significant color bleed from the turquoise colored backing fabric even though we used color catchers and washed with Synthrapol dye-catching detergent. The white glitter snowflake fabric on the front wasn’t affected because it has a slightly plastic feel to it from the glitter which obviously repelled the dye. The two panels picked up most of the color bleed, and a little bit of the white quilting thread also picked up some dye, but it’s not super obvious.
I really do like the turquoise tree panel that we used for the back of Debra’s quilt. But I will never use it again with any white fabric! I have one more in my stash, and I have also used the panel for what I call my Turquoise Christmas Tree Cheater quilt which I will share about in a future post.
Here’s a pic I took before we washed the 50.5” square quilt where the background of the snowy forest panels is still white:
Debra has received her quilt, and she says she loves the panels with the blueish background. I would have much preferred they had stayed the original color, but I’m just glad that the backing fabric wasn’t red. I don’t think pink would have gone at all with the color scheme!
Debra’s quilt is the first of a few Christmas projects I’ll be sharing about this fall. What about you? Do you have any Christmas projects in the works?
Debra’s quilt is very pretty, the panel on the back is gorgeous! Sorry that you had the bleeding experience. I’ve finally started sewing again and hope to start blogging soon to share what I’ve been making. Have a great week!
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Hi Mary! I never would have guessed that the background was an oops! It looks like it was planned that way. The whole piece is really gorgeous and I’m so glad Debra loves it. Why wouldn’t she?!! I think that panel on the back is gorgeous, too. WOWEE all the way around. I can’t wait to see what other projects you have up your sleeve. ~smile~ Roseanne
Vicki Welsh Icolorwaysbyvicki.com) has instructions for bleeds on her site called “Save My Bleeding Quilt”. Many of used her method with great success. If you search save my bleeding quilt, it will pop up. If not, let me know and I’ll send the link. What a pretty quilt; I’m sure Debra will get many years of enjoyment from it! Love that backing!
Oh wow, that’s really something if the panel bled so much that synthrapol and color catchers couldn’t keep it from migrating. I didn’t realize that the snow scene panels on the front should be white until you showed the picture of the quilt top prior to the first wash. I’m so glad that Debra is happy and I’m sure it will be a well used and loved quilt.
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