Yesterday just wasn't a good day. I don't know why I even attempted to do anything.
CarGuy and I both had a touch of food poisoning from the previous night's meal. I have vowed to not buy meat from this grocer again: every time we get a bit sick from it. Suffice it to say, I stayed home from work.
I did a little bit of work on two different quilts. Remember Banana-fana? Well, I finally got it bound. I just did it all by machine. And then for the last step, I put it in the washer and then the dryer. Bah. One of the fabrics bled onto several of my beautiful plain yellow blocks. It is now sitting on the laundry room floor with Goop on the offended spots. I am going to rewash it with Synthropol and Retayne in the hopes the dye doesn't migrate further and that the spots come out. If the spots don't come out, I am going to paint something in the blocks to cover the migrated dye spots.
Ah, but that wasn't all. I got my letters and words appliquéd onto the challenge quilt. It looked good, if I do say so myself. I submerged it in water and pinned it to my blocking board to square it up. I looked at it later: O no! I had forgotten that inkjet ink is not permanent! I had run the Stable Magic through the printer to print the letters onto it, cut them out, and used them as the leave-in stabilizer. When I submerged it in water all that black ink around the edges of the letters bled into the center of the focus fabric letters: you know, that pale cream-colored fabric? It made me sick to look at it. It's still on the blocking board.
But after a (somewhat) good night's sleep, I have a plan. I am going to remove the offending pieces, cut out new letters with Misty Fuse attached and fuse and then machine stitch. I am NOT going to hand appliqué them again. Truth? I wasn't happy with the results the first time around but was going to live with it. Now I have a good excuse (like I really needed one) to take them off and try again.
My little stash of focus fabric just got a bit smaller.