With Stars and Stripes, it hardly mattered since 10 of the 12 blocks were made by other quilters. Clearly, I had no control over what happened in their sewing rooms.
With visions of bleeding colors in my head, I tossed in three clean and new Color Catchers with the quilt when I washed it. (Sometimes I reuse them, especially when I'm testing for bleeding.) Of course, I've used Color Catchers before. They usually come out of the wash clean, except when I've prewashed obvious bleeders like reds and batiks, . This time...so different! I laid them out on the white top of my washing machine, and you can see that the colors bled terribly. I suspect a lot of this was from the navy blue on the quilt back.
Remarkably, none of the color was absorbed into the quilt. These things really work!!!!!
I've always wondered whether they were effective, and this convinces me. I usually give a couple of color catchers to recipients when I give a quilt as a gift, and so it's good to know they actually do the job they're intended to do. You can't even imagine how relieved I am to know this. I'll still prewash obvious bleeders, like reds and batiks, but it's good to know there's a little wiggle room where other fabrics are concerned.
And as long as we're looking at this, how did that repair job hold up? It's the block above. Can you see it? Below is a close-up, and it's looking good. Count that as two sighs of relief.
While the quilt was washing, I made Block 6 for the Solstice Challenge. This block is called "Crosswalk". Since my blocks are commemorative, it was a good choice for the past week. Of course, we inaugurated a new president. Whether you like him or not, Americans can all celebrate living in a country where a peaceful transfer of power is possible. Still, I didn't want to miss commemorating the millions of global sisters who marched in peaceful protest the next day.
To them and all the women who have marched for equality throughout history, I salute you and thank you. And if you can't support the marchers, well then...cats. Surely we can agree to celebrate cats.
After that, it seemed as if inertia set in. Some days are like that. I was really hoping to get a start on the next block for Chicken Buffet, but I spent the afternoon with cats on my lap and didn't feel inclined to do anything else. The kitties were happy to indulge.
Today I'm getting my monthly pedicure, and then I'll probably get some sewing time in this afternoon. There's just a little housework on the agenda, but I can finish that before I leave this morning. It's kind of a dreary, foggy day here, and that sometimes means a lazy day. Let's see if I can resist the drag.