My goal was to have this quilt, Hugs and Kisses, finished by the end of the year. I am trying my best, really I am. I have finished stitching all 12 blocks. Yipee! Now it’s time to wash my blocks. For those of you who have been following my blog, you will already know the routine. For those of you who are new to the blog, this post is for you. After I finish each block, I toss it into a sink filled with hot water and a bit of soap. This step will remove the glue, the blue marking pencil and anything else that might be on your block. Cat hair, maybe? You will be amazed at how yucky the water looks once your block has soaked for a while. But before you toss your block into the sink, take a really good look at it and make sure every itty bitty piece is stitched in place. Trust me, this is an important step:)
Once the blocks have soaked for about half an hour, it’s time to rinse them under the tap to remove the suds. Then gently squeeze the block to remove the excess water. Your block should be fairly wet, but not dripping.
Next, lay the block out on a thick towel to air dry. Easy Peasy!
Hugs and Kisses (designed by Sue Garman) is a Block of the Month that will start in January. The blocks are fairly simple so this is a good quilt for a beginner. I think this quilt is an excellent example of a quilt made up of simple blocks, but looks rather stunning when all the blocks are assembled. Mind you, there are appliqued cornerstones and a swag border to follow. Yes, stunning is a good word to describe this quilt.
Til next time….
5 thoughts on “Washing my Hugs and Kisses blocks”
Kerry, I have signed up for this BOM and I am so looking forward to making this quilt. I have admired your work and followed your blog for several years and finally felt brave enough to participate. Your method of applique really makes a lot of sense to me and I can’t wait to learn all your techniques!
Thanks for the opportunity!
Starla in Florida
Hi Starla: I am so thrilled to hear that! You will love this BOM!
thank you for posting this – I would never have thought to wash per block – always wash the quilt at the end. I like this suggestion. May I ask kindly what ‘soap’ you refer – for clothes I suspect and is that thread you have in the last picture – silk thread for applique? I can’t seem to zoom in on it.
Believe it or not, I use a dab of shampoo or a squirt of hand soap, whatever is handy! The thread I showed is Mettler 60 weight. It is 100% cotton.
Do you iron your blocks once they dry? I have always worried that I wouldn’t be able to get the blocks as nice and flat as they were before they got wet.