Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art

The Baseball Quilt

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This was really a fun little quilt to make, for most of it.  I couldn’t find my templates, but I quickly made new ones using my nifty purple Fiskars circles.  The blocks came together quickly, I liked one of the first arrangements on the design wall, the top and back came together quickly, and the quilting went fine.

Then I washed it.

You like pink baseballs, right?  I was too distressed to take a picture, but, trust me, they were quite pink.  Not the printed ones in the border or back, just the large baseball motifs formed by the Drunkard’s Path blocks.

Fortunately, I looked before I threw the quilt into the dryer.  I washed it again, this time with Color Catchers.  Then again, with Color Catchers and OxiClean.  Whew!  I have white baseballs again.  Thank you, OxiClean.

I know I had prewashed the red fabric with Color Catchers, but I still should have used them to wash the quilt.  I don’t know where my brain was.  And it wasn’t a hand dye as I thought, it was a Nancy Crow print that looked like one.

This quilt doesn’t lie as flat as I would like, and I know it’s because of the uneven amount of quilting, but I’m not sure what I would do differently.  I quilted clam shells all over the field, then stippled the baseballs only.  Then border has stars with stippling around to set them off.  Maybe more, smaller clam shells?

At least it’s not pink anymore.

Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

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