I have a horrible cold, so I'm not going to go anywhere near my baby granddaughter until I'm over it. That gave me a weekend at home, and on Friday night I pulled out some books to look at, in the hope that I would find a new project to inspire me. I've whittled the UFO list down to 17 items, (I ditched one that was just a single block) and that seems such a pitiful number to get anxious about. I can afford to add a few new things to that list without it feeling overwhelming. In fact, I think anything under 20 is just fine.
I finally settled on the cover quilt from this book;
Last night I made some sample blocks, just playing with the pattern and trying to decide the best way to press all those seams.
Now I have to ask myself it this is such a disaster. I will wash the red fabric and remove the loose dye. It might continue to lose dye in subsequent washes, but this may just add to the look I want for this quilt; old, used, well-loved. I think I will use it, but it's much better to be aware that it might bleed than to just cross my fingers and hope it won't.
Back in the early patchwork days Jinny Beyer was among the first people to bring out fabric ranges dedicated solely to patchwork. The earliest ones were dyed to decorating and fashion specifications, because the manufacturers had no idea as to how they would be used, as part of heirloom quilts. So those first fabrics faded and bled. The industry soon realised their mistake and made their fabrics more colourfast and lightfast, but some of those first fabrics are still in stashes, still waiting to give up their dye. This one is about to be used, finally.