This week I finished the machine quilting on my chintz panel medallion quilt, added a blue ombre stripe binding and popped it in the machine for a gentle, cold wash. And my thoughts as I saw it emerging from the machine at the end of the wash?"oh no ...the chintz!" - the lovely chintz centre panel has lost much of its colour - so sad! The rest of the fabrics are as fresh as ever - only the chintz suffered.
Here is the quilt finished and washed :
|Finished at 186cm square (73 inches)|
But , to be philosophical, the chintz has now lost its "youthful bloom" but it is still a pretty piece of fabric and has a vintage look that deserves to be loved. So here are more photos.
This is the panel at the time of pin basting - bright and beautiful before the wash:
Thankfully the colour catchers grabbed all the lost colour so it didn't end up streaky.
|Colour catchers after the wash|
To fill you in on the quilting:
I deliberated for ages on how to quilt that centre panel and even made a pattern sheet to practise sketching possible quilting patterns.
I did toy with feathers in the cream ring but the variable width of the cream area made it a challenge to fit neatly and I didn't like the look of it. I decided to go with something different - shapes to echo the applique shapes in one of the borders. Other quilting on the panel is some background stippling, a 1" grid and a wreath.
The quilting on the borders includes a clam shell filler, a wreath, outlining, and straight stitching.
|Quilting on the borders|
|A view of the backing|
(Just in case you ask - I have contacted the retailer where I bought the chintz panel and they have been quick to reply and sympathetic but have not heard of this problem before.)
Here is Benjamin Biggs Block 5 completed.
Have a lovely weekend