So once my block if completely finished, I figure it deserves a long, hot bubble bath….and so do I!!!
My blocks may not look dirty, but they do need to be cleaned up a bit. I use starch, glue and marking pens on my blocks. The blocks may, or may not, have cat hair on them.
I want all that stuff removed before the block is stitched into a quilt. I do not have to worry about my fabrics running because I have pre-washed everything in hot water and Synthrapol.
This is what I do:
I fill the sink with hot water and add a squirt of liquid soap. I use either dishwashing soap or whatever hand soap in nearby.
Then I dunk the block in the water. Do not be nervous!
I usually let it sit for 20 minutes or so. One time I went out for a couple of hours and forgot about the block soaking in the sink. It survived. I am always very surprised (and sometimes a little grossed out) at how grungy and grey the water is.
I let the water out of the sink and rinse the block under warm water until the bubbles are gone. Then I gently press the water out with my hands. Do not twist the block…it is not a dishcloth!!
Next, I roll the block up in a thick towel and press out any excess water.
Then I lay the block out flat on a dry towel and let it air dry. I like to put pins in the corners to keep the block flat when it is drying.
And finally, once the block is dry, I like to turn the block over and give it a final pressing on a thick towel.
And now on to block 7!! It’s a doozie!! (See below!)
[doo-zee] verb, doo·zied, doo·zi·ing. Informal noun
Also, doo·zer [doo-zer] something that is extraordinary or outstanding of its kind: The storm was a doozie, with winds of fifty miles an hour.