Monday, May 2, 2016

Flying High (TSS 014)

Ok, I admit. This is not the original block Janet Clare created for The Splendid Sampler. Janet's area of expertise is applique involving nature. The examples on her website are lovely. However, as much as I looked and looked at her '3 seagulls in midflight', they appeared to be blobs of ink on fabric. I knew that I couldn't follow her lead so I found some other birds to make me happy.

Unfortunately, two of my blues ran. I'm heartbroken - 3 hours of work on a 6" block. But I have some synthrapol on order. We'll see if that plus a dye magnet might save the day!


That's a lot of pieces!

I've decided to keep a counter at the bottom of these posts to track them. 
The totals are based on the original patterns and not on deviations.

Flying High = 4

Total to Date: 310 pieces*

*The count only includes the blocks I've completed to date


  1. I just washed a quilt I'd finished, one of the most complex I've ever made, and two of the fabrics I used bled through. Initially only to the back along the quilting lines. I had used dye catchers but obviously not sufficient. I used stain remover and washed again big mistake. Now it's really bad. Do you think it would be too late to try Synthrapol? I can get it in the UK but not able to find dye magnet. Is a dye magnet similar to our colour catchers or do you know?

    1. Hi - Dye magnet and colour catchers are the same thing. As for synthrapol, I'm nervous advising someone to use chemicals on their quilts, but I will tell you I had miraculous results in the past. It has saved a few things for me. I would order it (if you can get it at a reasonable price in the UK), and test it on an area of the quilt.

      My order arrived today so I'm going to give it a try on my block.


  2. In your picture you can't even see where the dye ran. I think this one is my favorite block so far. Beautifully done!


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