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I asked Fiona Robinson @bubz.rugz whether she had any tips for all of us new #dutchtreatsewalong quilters and these were her wise words: "Hmmmm ..... not really... I'm learning from others! I guess just not to be so critical of our own work - when all the blocks are together it's going to look great ... keep going!" So here is my grand total of 15 blocks made so far and she is right! When you put them together they look fine. #shweshweprint #blueandwhite #learningasigo #keepgoing

When we do kiddies wear....
#shweshweprint #tule#undressed
#N.I M COUTURE

The Reggiestar Asymmetrical top.#africanprint #shweshweprint #proudlysa #Reggiestar

For the love of flowers @tabimzamane traditional wedding #shweshweprint #traditionalweddingdecor #sjconceptscreation

Thank you Tracy Zemmelink who came to visit in the studio and shared photos of her beautiful rendition of the #shweshwe Disappearing Nine Patch Table Runner. Quality check done by Wink, her kitty cheerleader. #shweshweprint #canadianquilter #catsofinsta

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Thanks to Carol Baxter, a quilty friend from the Grand River Quilting Guild, for sharing her #canada150 logo block made with #shweshwe and solids. It looks fantastic! #canada150logo #seasew

A super satisfying stitching session of #150canadianwomen blocks. These women's determination is jaw-dropping: Audrey Marlene McLaughlin #officeroftheorderofcanada Jenny Dill #crosscanadahiker and Dr Emily Howard Jennings Stowe #pioneeringdoctor #redshweshwe #canada150quilt #machinepiecing

Yay!! Just in time for tomorrow's three #150canadianwomen downloads, I am all caught up! These blocks represent Helen Smith Grant #lifeontheocean Lois Irene Smith #bringingballettocanada and Helen Irene Battle #pioneeringmarinebiologist #canada150quilt #redshweshwe #canadianquilter

Because #shweshwe has sizing in it, you need to do a prewash before cutting and sewing. There are always questions about washing #shweshwe and the answer is, treat it like your regular dark wash. I use HOT water for the prewash and LUKEWARM water for subsequent washing, but for the prewash I do not use the whole washing machine cycle, just the rinse and spin cycle. Here is what I do step by step:
1. Fabric pull for new project.
2. Rinse in hot water in the laundry tub keeping only cream prints separate.
3. It's okay to rinse all the other colours together in hot water.
4. Place in washing machine for rinse and spin. I only do this if I have a large load, otherwise I do a few more rinses by hand.
5. Quality control team checking rinsed fabric.
6. & 7. Hang to dry, or use the dryer. I grew up in South Africa so I LOVE air dried washing.
8. Indigo stains šŸ’™šŸ’™šŸ’™šŸ’™If you want to curb the indigo bleed, add salt to your final rinse water.
9. Too much fun!šŸ˜»šŸ˜» If you are concerned about frayed edges, then serge or zigzag stitch raw edges before the prewash. SHRINKAGE will occur because the sizing is pushing threads apart and when you rinse out the sizing, the threads settle closer together, but the fabric remains stable after the prewash. In Southern Africa #shweshwe is primarily used for making garments because is has a good hand and drapes well. #stepbystep #washinginstructions #shweshwelove

And another finish for #150canadianwomen but I suddenly realised I hadn't eaten all day, so taking a break now! This one is Ellen Louks Fairclough #canadasfirstfemalecabinetminister #nextstepquiltdesigns #redandwhite

Playing with monochrome filter Part 2. Now it looks like the medium is too close to the darkšŸ˜ #shweshweprint #meerkatshweshwe #monochromefilter

Another #dutchtreatsewalong block beautifully completed by @sandra.croley Thanks for sharing your tip to use spray starch on the top fabric to control fraying. #shweshweprint #canadianquilter #dutchtreatblocks

Rolling sample quilts on pool noodles for the Quilter's Marketplace at #quiltsatthecreek this weekend. Zen Triangles throw and Big Blocks baby quilt are both in kits online. Link to website in profile. #poolnoodlesideas #shweshwequilt #meerkatshweshwe

On the rotating cutting mat today... #shweshwe #disappearingninepatch #canadianquilter

My latest #dutchtreatsewalong finish. I am happy that my curves are getting smoother. Working on being kind to myself as I only started learning #reverseappliquĆ© in January 2017. šŸ˜‰ #shweshwe #indigoprint #blueandwhite

Following my earlier post with another repost from @sandra.croley who has written in her blog "From the Cro's Nest" about a really good tip for #dutchtreatsewalong blocks. She has used spray starch on her upper fabric to curb the fraying when stitching #reverseappliquƩ Thanks Sandra! #handappliquƩ #handstitching #sewingtips

My next few posts will be dedicated to the #dutchtreatsewalong starting with a repost of the beautifully stitched blocks made by @sandra.croley using #shweshwe prints. I have signed up to follow her blog: "From the Cro's Nest" and one of her latest posts is all about the challenges of sewing these intricate designs in reverse appliquƩ. I strongly identify with the frustration of learning something new and it is a reminder that growth only happens outside your comfort zone. Also, some of us tend to be way more patient with teaching others than we are with ourselves. It takes a village to raise a quilter. #reverseappliquƩ #learningasyougo #strengthincommunity

Managed to sew a few #dutchtreatsewalong stitches in between visitors today. #indigoshweshwe #blueandwhite #meerkatshweshwe

There was no sewing today in the studio: just me cuddled up to my fan cutting and folding #shweshwe fat quarters for this Saturday's open house and for next weekend's Quilts at the Creek. #meerkatshweshwe #openhouseevent #quiltsatthecreek

Clara Brett Martin block done! Sorry for over-posting here. This was a tricky, but super satisfying finish! #150canadianwomen #toppledlegalherione #redshweshwe

Her majesty, the queen...she's queening in a Zeiciah ensemble #africanfashion #africanprints #shweshweprint #shweshwe #chocolateandcream #earthytones #ethnic #tulle #flare #fashion ...

It is my last Open House of the summer on Saturday July 22 from 10 to 4. Hope to see you there. You are invited to come and walk on my scented carpet. I have had less sewing time than I would like, because the garden needed repair from last year's construction, so I got my fix by creating a crazy patchwork quilt to walk on. I can't wait to see it fill in! #shweshwesale #meerkatshweshwe #openhouseevent

Ongoing progress with #redshweshwe #150canadianwomen and #trirecsruler

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