I’ve been working on-and-off for the last few weeks on a quilt for the latest Craft Hope project. About three days ago, I had pretty much lost my enthusiasm for hand-sewing the binding, but I plugged away anyway, knowing it was for a good cause, and I finally finished it last night.
The Space themed fabric came from a reversible Pottery Barn Kids duvet cover that I picked up at the thrift shop recently. It had the white pattern on one side and the dark blue on the other. (Remember the pillowcase pj’s I made my boys several months ago? Those pillowcases were from the same set.) I cut up some of the cover into squares and sewed them together to make my quilt top.
The back and binding are made from a red sheet I bought at Target.
I love a good puckering around the stitches in my quilts, so I did all I could think of to maximize this effect:
- not pre-washing any of the fabrics
- washing the finished quilt in hot water
- drying it with hot air
In my enthusiasm for puckers, I never stopped to consider the deep red of the backing sheet. Wouldn’t you know it, all of the measures I took to ensure that the quilt would have the texture I wanted are the exact things that caused the sheet to bleed pink all over the seams.
I’m not sure what to do next. The pink is subtle, and if it were just for my own boys, I’d not worry about it (in fact, they both said this morning that they didn’t think it was a big deal). But I don’t know… I hate to send in a quilt with pink splotches on it, no matter how small they may be.
Do any of you have any suggestions for de-pinkifying this poor thing?