I found my missing bottle of Best Press. It's been missing for a long, long time.
I was going to work on my Rosebud quilt, a very old UFO. The box of rose themed fabrics resides under my ironing board. It never did get closed up but I have instead piled things on top of the open box. And then I piled more things on top of those things until the pile got as high as the ironing board and I could pile no more. (Did I mention I have a small sewing space? I must insert that here now lest you think I'm a slob). Yesterday I unpiled stuff to get into my rose themed fabrics and to my dismay there was the missing bottle of Best Press and it was empty. It has been slowly leaking for a long, long time on to my rose themed fabrics and where it has been slowly leaking there was mold or maybe it is mildew...whatever, it was gross and kind of growing on top of bunches of rose themed fabrics. Yuck. So, I found a new box to pack up the undamaged fabrics and went about trying to salvage the rest. There weren't lots of big spots on anything except the top piece of fabric - just little furry spots here and there on lots of fabrics. I gave the mildewy fabrics a good soaking for several hours in Oxyclean. Then I rubbed laundry detergent into the spots if I could still see them and scrubbed the backside of the spots with a toothbrush. Then I washed the fabrics adding 1 cup of vinegar to the wash water. Then I hung them out to dry in the sun where they still hang today. I haven't closely inspected the fabrics yet. I think the longer they hang in the sun the better.
In the meantime...
A long time ago I thought maybe I'd experiment with a different layout for the 12 inch Rosebud blocks than the usual "just-sew-lots-of-blocks- together" layout.
So this morning I made some HSTs out of a green rose fabric and another limey green tone on tone fabric I now think I don't really like. Let's call those HSTs "thorns" for now. One of the layouts I thought of was off setting the blocks in columns with some thorns in between columns. No design wall here but I kind of propped some up on my old cutting mat covered with batting. See above.
Nope...does nothing for me.
Let's try again without columns of roses offset.
Nope...does nothing for me. And I'm kind of hating looking at that lime green too.
Ok. How about set on point and surrounded by thorns?
I really really hate that lime green now but so far like this setting best.
Maybe if I turn the thorns around? That lime green is really distracting.
Maybe I should just use the usual "just-sew-lots-of-blocks- together" layout and forget about thorns...at least for now.
I'll think on it for awhile out in the garden.