Why Wash Out Now
This is a year-long quilt along and it's going to be 12 months before this first Half Square Sun block gets trimmed and connected together with the other blocks. That is a long time to leave pen marks and starch in the fabric!
While I've certainly left pen marks and starch in a quilt longer than a year, I knew this will bother many quilters so let's learn how to wash out the blocks to remove all the marks and chemicals so it will be ready to connect with the other blocks in December 2016.
ceramic marking pencil, etc, need to be erased with the eraser on the pencil.
The reason you need to be extra mindful with this is sometimes getting a block wet can set certain pencil marks and make them permanent, or at least very, very challenging to erase.
So erase everything you can first, then soak the block in lukewarm water to remove any water soluble pen marks.
If you have a sheet of polystrene board and want to block the block, definitely do! You can find detailed instructions for blocking a quilt in the Heart & Feather Wholecloth Workshop.
The wonderful thing about washing out the marks is you will suddenly be able to appreciate the quilting design so much more.
So now that we've pieced and quilted one block, how do you feel about your progress? Have you identified areas that give you problems like matching seams or quilting straight lines?
Please let me know which areas of the block came easily to you or felt more challenging, and what techniques you're needing to focus on the most.
Let's go quilt,