Please pardon the wrinkles. I got the top of my baby quilt pieced, the layers pinned together, then started to quilt. I had the intention of having it quilted this past weekend, but I had a small quilting disaster. You will notice in the lower right hand corner there are two lines quilted. The yellow and light border fabrics were too light to use my white chaco liner (Clover) so I used the neon pink chaco liner and tried it in the corner. Usually in the quilting process the white chalk comes right off. Not so with the pink, sadly. The pink would not come off. My heart sank when I saw it. I had rolled it up for the quilting process and left it that way. I could not even look at it for the past couple of days, I was so upset. I googled solutions for this (apparently this has happened to others, with the pink and blue chaco liner.) Some involve vinegar, oxy clean and something called Sew Clean, (which I promptly ordered on Amazon.)
I was telling my sad tale to a master quilter at my office today and asked her advice. She told me to move on, and not to try to fix it. She said that experience has taught her that it usually causes a bigger mess when you keep trying to fix something. She reminded me that it is a baby quilt and worse things than pink chalk will end up on the quilt. She said to give the gift, and let the parents know that the pink will come out with the first wash. I think that is pretty good advice.
This is what it looked like before I pinned and rolled the quilt for quilting:
I am pretty proud of how well the corners lined up!
So this weekend, I went over to my favorite library because they had the new Phillipa Gregory book on hold for me. (It is awesome!) I had a few extra minutes so I decided to poke around in the needlework section. That is when I laid my eyes on "Hardanger Embroidery" by Frederique Marfaing. This is one of the best books on hardanger I have ever read, with lots of photos and diagrams. There are some obscure decorative stitches that I have never seen before. (I have a self imposed moratorium on books, but I may have to ask Santa for this one this year.) I highly recommend it for any hardanger enthusiast!