Here is the Cool Kit I will be using, it looks so neat, tidy and pretty all packaged:
Then I separated them into lights/darks, relatively speaking:
While I don't usually pre-wash my fabrics, the instructions recommend pre-washing so I'll do it to as part of this process:
I snip off a small corner of each fabric before pre-washing to cut down on raveling, especially if I plan to wash fabric with clothing. The other advantage to this method is I always know these fabrics have been pre-washed:
Here is the result of the Color Catchers: light load on the left, dark load on the right. There is some color loss in each load but not enough to worry any more about:
After drying the fabrics, I intended to smooth them flat and press them before using each one, as the instructions recommend. I found the solid woven shot cotton fabrics really needed pressing now and fabrics just look so much more scrumptious pressed flat so I pressed them all.
NOTE: Great tip from one of the Sunday Sew and Sews--hang the shot cottons to air dry on a rack--don't put them in the dryer--much less pressing to do.
MY BEFORE shot cottons:
AFTER. I recommend not letting your fabrics get bone dry, about 99% dry is best, they press nicely then:
The hardest part for me now, is to NOT start on this--Christmas needs some work at my house; otherwise...:
Last week I helped a few students select their SIZZLE fabrics at Huntsville Sew Creative:
|Sheila started with the small piece of batik on the lime and pulled fabrics in those colors|
|Peggy is going black, white, gray and Royal Blue|
|Terri is working with this lovely palette|
Here is a 10 minute conversation with Becky Goldsmith, the SIZZLE designer and well-known quiltmaker, author and teacher--she will get you excited about our new journey too:
Becky Goldsmith Video